Harding moves forward as Southern Maine coach

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The University of Southern Maine conducted a national search for its next men's head coach, but the Gorham, Maine based university did not have to look far at all to fill the vacancy.

Ed Harding has officially taken the reins at USM. 
Photo: Southern Maine Athletics 

Ed Harding, who guided the Huskies as interim head coach for the majority of this season, will have the interim tag removed to become the team's permanent head coach, the school announced today. He will become the seventh head coach in the program's near thirty year history. 

Harding ascends to the position after a sixteen game stint with the squad to close out the 2014-2015 season. He steered the club to a 5-10-1 record in that span after the departure of longtime head coach Jeff Beaney. He was previously an assistant under Beaney from 1993 to 1996, and played for the Huskies from 1985 to 1988. His playing career later landed him in the school's athletic hall of fame, an honor he received this fall.

"I'm honored, and feel fortunate, to be selected to move the men's ice hockey program into a new era," Harding said.  "Obviously, this program is near and dear to my heart as a former player who helped restart the program in 1985."

Beyond his experience at Southern Maine, Harding has an immense coaching background. Career highlights include a six year run with the QMJHL's Lewiston MAINEiacs, including a two year stint as head coach and general manager from 2007-2009, and a season as an assistant coach with the AHL's Portland Pirates. Most recently, Beaney was the head coach at North Yarmouth Academy during the 2010-11 season. Beaney also spent a season in the pro ranks with the Maine Mariners and Johnstown Chiefs organizations during the 1988-89 campaign.

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