August 24, 2015

Norton takes over at Tufts

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MEDFORD, Mass. - Pat Norton, who has nearly 20 years of coaching experience at the collegiate and prep school levels, has been hired as the next head coach of the Tufts University
men's ice hockey program.

"We are very excited that Pat will be joining the Jumbo family and leading our men’s ice hockey program," said Director of Athletics John Morris. "Throughout our search process, Pat distinguished himself as someone who is truly committed to the ideals that characterize Tufts Athletics. He is passionate, in equal measure, about achieving excellence, winning championships, and using athletics participation as a vehicle to provide our student-athletes with a transformational educational experience  that will benefit them for the rest of their lives."

A 1996 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, where he was a member of the hockey team, Norton began his coaching career as an assistant at Division III power Norwich University from 1996-2000. During his tenure with the Cadets, he was an integral part of three NCAA "Frozen Four" teams, including the 1999-2000 squad which won the national championship.

Norton moved on to assistant coaching positions at the Division I level with the University of Vermont from 2000-2003 and with Northeastern University for the 2003-2004 season.

While playing a key role in recruiting at all three of his previous collegiate stops, Norton developed a strong national network of contacts in the sport.  

For the past 11 seasons (2004-15), Norton was head coach of the hockey program at the Tilton School in New Hampshire. Members of the New England Prep Schools Interscholastic Hockey Association (NEPSIHA), Tilton competes at the highest level of prep school hockey. During Norton's tenure, the Rams were Lakes Region champions in 2010 and 2011 as well as New England Small School Semi-finalists in 2010, 2011 and 2013.

Norton has also been a USA Hockey New England District Coach and Evaluator since 1998.

At Tufts, Norton will take over a Jumbo team which is a member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), the most athletically and academically competitive league in the country.

"Every once in a while a special opportunity becomes available and to me becoming the head hockey coach at Tufts is that kind of opportunity," Norton said. "I believe my experience and hockey network will allow me to build a first-rate hockey program that reflects Tufts University's values. I'm very excited to get started."

Tufts, which advanced to the NESCAC Championship semifinals last season, begins the 2015-16 season at Trinity College on Friday, November 20. 

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August 19, 2015

Dawes shuffles to Stevenson

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Owings Mills, Md.- Dominick Dawes has always been a groundbreaker in his career as a head coach. In fact, he did it right from the start. 

In 2008, Dawes, just a few short days into his tenure as an assistant at Utica, was given the opportunity to replace Phil Roy, who had just departed for Merrimack, as Neumann's head coach. While Dawes took his first head coaching job in short order, just weeks before his team was to begin play, the results on the ice that season quickly catapulted him to college hockey immortality. Dawes led the Knights to uncharted territory, posting a school-best record of 21-9-2 and leading Neumann on a remarkable run to the 2009 NCAA Division III Ice Hockey national championship, the first and only title in school history. 

Seven years later, Dawes will once again enter uncharted territory. Until 2016, the state of Maryland will have never had an NCAA Division III men's hockey program to call its own. When that changes next fall, Dawes will be behind the bench. Stevenson University has announced that Dominick Dawes has accepted the position of head men's ice hockey coach.

In his seven years with Neumann, Dawes rolled up a record of 107-62-25 behind the bench to become Neumann's winningest head coach. He won two ECAC West titles in 2009 and 2013, and was just a goal away from a third in 2015 before the Knights dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to Hobart in Geneva, NY. His squad made a second appearance in the NCAA tournament in 2011, losing a 2-1 opening round tilt to Bowdoin. Dawes was also the 2009 Ed Jeremiah Award winner as Division III National Coach of the Year. Prior to Neumann, Dawes spent two seasons as an assistant to longtime Hamilton College coach Phil Grady. 

As a player, Dawes advanced to the championship site in three of his four years at Norwich University. His Cadets won the 2003 national championship on home ice, which makes Dawes one of just two NCAA Division III coaches to win a national title as a player and head coach. St. Norbert's Tim Coghlin, who has won four as a coach and one as a player with the 1989 UW-Stevens Point Pointers, is the other.

The Mustangs will begin play in the 2016-17 season, and will do so as part of an expanded ECAC West conference that will include fellow newcomer Lebanon Valley.


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August 19, 2015

Largen to lead Marian Men

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FOND DU LAC, Wis. – Marian University director of athletics Jason Bartelt is pleased to announce the hiring of Erik Largen as the sixth head men's ice hockey coach since its inception as a varsity program in 1995.

"The candidate pool was deep with outstanding, experienced and highly qualified applicants. It's always exciting to get a great fit and that is what we have in Erik," Bartelt said. "Erik blew us

away with his energy and passion for this job. We knew quickly he was the right fit to lead our men's hockey program."

Largen is also very excited to be named the head men's ice hockey coach at Marian.

"I am so thrilled and excited to be a part of the Marian family," Largen said. "I would like to thank Mr. Bartelt, the search committee and everyone involved in the process. I believe we have great leadership from our administration to make this a very successful transition and I am very happy and blessed to be a part of it."

Largen comes to Marian after two years as an assistant coach for the Janesville Jets of the North American Hockey League. His duties included recruiting, working with defensemen, running the power play and preparing daily practice routines.

Prior to his stint with the Jets, Largen was an assistant coach for the Tri-City Storm of the United States Hockey League and primarily worked with defensemen and goaltenders.

Largen was head coach of the Twin Cities Northern Lights in the Minnesota Junior Hockey League in 2011-12 and 2012-13. The Northern Lights compiled an impressive 87-9-2 regular season record and qualified for the USA Hockey Tier III National Tournament in both years.

The Fairbanks, Alaska native played for his hometown team, the University of Alaska-Fairbanks from 2006-08 before beginning his coaching career as an assistant with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs of the NAHL.

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