Dubuque Fighting Saints Head Coach and General Manager Matt Shaw has been hired as an Assistant Coach at the University of North Dakota, announced today by the school via press release. Shaw, who spent two seasons behind the bench with the Fighting Saints, will join one of the top college hockey programs in the country that has appeared in the NCAA Tournament 30 times, made the Frozen Four 21 times and won seven national championships. Shaw will join North Dakota as his son Hayden, a defenseman for Dubuque last season, is set to skate for UND as a freshman this fall.
In Shaw’s time in Dubuque, the Fighting Saints have enjoyed success developing players on and off the ice. In the classroom, Dubuque players posted a cumulative 3.5 GPA this past year, and 22 players on Dubuque’s roster have accepted a NCAA Division-I scholarship. 11 players from the 2013-2014 team coached by Shaw played NCAA hockey last year including New Hampshire’s Shane Eiserman, who was selected in the 4th Round of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft by the Ottawa Senators.
The Fighting Saints have begun a search for Shaw’s replacement and expect to name the organization’s third coach (since the return to the USHL in 2010) in the coming weeks.