Bowdoin promotes Jamie Dumont to head coach

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BRUNSWICK, Maine. -- In a search to replace one of the titans of the coaching profession in Terry Meagher, Bowdoin found their man in the most familiar of places. Bowdoin announced today that they have hired assistant coach Jamie Dumont as the ninth head coach of the Polar Bear men's ice hockey program.

native of nearby Lewiston, which hosted the 2014 NCAA Division III Men's Ice Hockey Championship in conjunction with Bowdoin, Dumont is now in elite company as just the third man to lead the Polar Bears in a 57 year period.

"I am honored and humbled to follow Terry Meagher and Sid Watson as the head coach of the Bowdoin men's ice hockey program," Dumont said in the school's release."Since the moment I first stepped foot on campus in 2001 I have known Bowdoin to be a uniquely special place. The College's commitment to excellence in the classroom, community and athletic fields, combined with its unparalleled tradition in ice hockey, make this position second to none. I'm incredibly excited about this opportunity."

Today's announcement means Dumont will become a collegiate head coach for the first time ever, but a strong degree of familiarity with the Division III landscape will likely ease his transition. He was an impact player during his playing career at Oswego State, and went on to assist on the Laker coaching staff, leading Oswego into the NCAA tournament. In 2001, he arrived in Brunswick for what would become a four year stay as Bowdoin's assistant coach, winning 64 games as part of the staff. 

Dumont departed Bowdoin in 2005, and amassed a wealth of experience outside of Division III College Hockey, including work as an assistant at Division I Bowling Green, and with the QMJHL's Lewiston MAINEiacs. He got his first taste of upper level head coaching experience with the Italian Professional League's Bolzano Hockey Club in the 2007-08 season, and was successful immediately, winning the league championship. He also served as a head coach in the Dutch Premier League during the 2010-11 season. 

Dumont returned to Brunswick in Fall 2011, and has been with the Bowdoin program ever since. Since Dumont's return, the Polar Bears have won 83 games en route to two NESCAC championships in a five year span. 

Meagher wraps up his career at Bowdoin with 542 career wins, the fifth highest win total amongst Division III coaches posting all of their coaching wins at that level.


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