For more than 30 years, Bob Rajanen has been involved in coaching high school hockey in the state of Minnesota.
The former goalie from Superior, Wis., began his coaching career in 1979 when his brother, Greg, asked him to join him as an assistant coach with the Austin Packers.
He would eventually take over as the head coach of the Packers before departing for Simley High School, where he also served as both an assistant and head coach and helped lead the Spartans to their first state tournament appearance, which resulted in a consolation title in 1996.
Rajanen's 33-year coaching odyssey has also saw a stop in Woodbury as an assistant coach before his present position as an assistant coach at Red Wing. During those years, has had had the opportunity work with coaching luminaries such as his brother, Greg, along with Gary Warren, Dennis Schueller, Mike McNeely, Pete Baeur, Bill Moore, George Nemanich and Mike Belisle.
Active as a clinician, he has worked with the Dave Peterson Advanced Goalie Clinic since its inception and has also been involved with Minnesota Hockey Hig Performance 15 program for over 15 years. He has also worked with clinics for players and coaches in the communities in which he has coached.
A section representative, Rajanen has been a member of the Executive Board of the Minnesota Hockey Coaches Association for more than a decade. He currently teaches physical education at Simley High School.