NIAGARA UNIVERSITY, N.Y. – For the first time in 16 years, the Niagara University Purple Eagles Men’s Hockey team has a head coach that is not Dave Burkholder. Niagara announced on Monday that the search for a new bench boss is over and Jason Lammers is the winner.
Currently the Head Coach and General Manager of the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League (USHL), Lammers will come to Niagara after the Fighting Saints’ are finished with the USHL playoffs. Dubuque is 75-26-9 in his two seasons at the helm.
“As a family, we are excited to join the Niagara University community,” Lammers said in a statement. “I would like to thank Father Maher, Simon Gray and Steve Butler for this tremendous opportunity to serve the student-athletes, staff, alumni and friends of Niagara University hockey as the program transitions into next year and the future. I pledge that we will foster excellence in all aspects of the program, and I cannot wait to get started.”
Lammers has also been behind the bench at University of Massachusetts- Lowell, Colorado College and Ohio State University. He has six NCAA Tournament berths, four trips to the Elite Eight, and a Frozen Four appearance in 2013, as well as 23 players that went on to play for NHL franchises to his credit.
“Jason Lammers is a transformational hire for this University,” said Gray, the school’s Athletic Director. “Jason has had tremendous success at the collegiate level, as evidenced by multiple bids to the NCAA Tournament and his ability to develop NHL-caliber players. His experience of winning at the highest level of NCAA Division I hockey is complemented perfectly by his passion for developing student-athletes into servant leaders. ”
Niagara will introduce Lammers officially at a later date.
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