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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

The Dubuque Fighting Saints have found their next head coach, after Matt Shaw left earlier this year for North Dakota.

Jason Lammer's was named as the team's new head coach and general manager Thursday.  Lammers, 39, has 15 years of coaching experience, most recently with UMass Lowell.

“I’m elated to be a part of the Fighting Saints organization,” said Lammers in a press release. “This was a great process and the organization’s pedigree and the people involved made this something I’m excited about. I’ve had a blessed career as college assistant and associate coach, but I felt the time was right to make this move. Dubuque is a wonderful city, and as we started to get further in the process, my family and I did more research, and the city fits our values, people seem to love living there and it’s an elite organization.”

Lammers joined UMass Lowell’s staff in 2011 as an Assistant Coach. He was promoted to Associate Coach in 2012, a role in which he coordinated the River Hawks recruiting efforts and specialized in coaching the team’s defensemen. During his tenure on Head Coach Norm Bazin’s staff at UMass Lowell, Lammers helped guide the River Hawks to three NCAA Tournament appearances, including a trip to the Frozen Four during the 2012-2013 season. Additionally, the team claimed back-to-back Hockey East Tournament Championships in 2013 and 2014. Four former River Hawks coached by Lammers have already dressed in the NHL, including Minnesota Wild defenseman Christian Folin and goaltending prospect Connor Hellebuyck of Winnipeg.

"The pool of candidates gets more impressive each time we conduct a coaching search,” said Brad Kwong, Managing Partner of Northern Lights Hockey, LLC. “This is a testimony to the USHL and its development model.  Jason emerged from the pool as a coach that we believe will help keep the Fighting Saints successful on the ice, while also being someone who will take great care and pride in developing our players on and off the ice.  His impressive track record at UMass Lowell preceded him, but once we got to speak to him, we knew he was our guy.  His coaching philosophy, management style, personality, and probably most important, his character, are what made him the candidate for us. "

Lammers will be introduced to the Dubuque community Thursday, July 23 at 12:30 p.m. at a press conference in the Mystique Community Ice Center.

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