The Woodbury girls hockey team has found their new head coach as activities director Marvin Wooten Jr. hired Tony Scheid.
Scheid has had many different coaching opportunities throughout his career and will bring 30 years of experience to his role as head coach for the Royals.
"I think, for us, what we really wanted was somebody that had experience," Wooten Jr. said. "We had some really good candidates... [we wanted] someone who could teach the game. That was really important for us."
Scheid graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and played four years at the college level. Then, he traveled to West Germany to play professional hockey overseas.
Once he returned to the United States, he went into coaching hockey in the Minnesota and Wisconsin states. His longest coaching tenure came in Stillwater where he coached the girls high school hockey team for 14 seasons.
From 2002 to 2016, Scheid earned a record of 260-112-21 and helped lead the Ponies to two Minnesota State High School League state championships in 2007 and 2009.
Along with his coaching in Stillwater, Scheid has also coached at three other high schools during his coaching career. His coaching stints included three Wisconsin schools which were: New Richmond High School, Sun Prairie High School, and Middleton High School.
"I'm super excited [about the future]," Wooten Jr. said. "Even the seniors we had this year, I thought were not just great kids but good hockey players. You just see the crop we have coming up each year and even in the feeder programs and how much talent we do have coming up.
"I'm super excited about seeing them develop and get coached by somebody with some much experience."
Scheid also coached outside of the high school programs as he coached a AAA hockey program within the Team Wisconsin 18U boys program. Finally, he coached the Madison Capitols 19U girls program.
The former Woodbury girls hockey head coach, Chris Lepper, was with the Royals girls hockey program for the past six seasons.
"I think Chris did a lot of good things for our program," Wooten Jr. said. "He's a really good coach and coaches for all the right reasons. I wish him the best moving forward... I'm sure he's going to find another avenue to inspire the kids."