Assistant coach Gina Kearns returns to Neumann University; Alex Dawes to serve as interim assistant coach for 2014-15
Utica's Alex Dawes officially joins Nittany Lion women's hockey July 29
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Alex Dawes enters his second year at Penn State, his first as interim assistant coach. Last July, Dawes was brought on board to serve as Penn State's director of operations. A 2012 graduate of Utica, he served as director of operations/student assistant coach of the Pioneer men's team (2009-12).
At Penn State, Dawes is now a member of the on-ice coaching staff with the team. He'll continue to oversee the day-to-day operation of the program including game scheduling, away trip management, home game day coordination, video operator and editor.
While at Utica, Dawes primarily oversaw the day-to-day operations of the men's hockey team and helped develop video breakdowns. Additionally, Dawes assisted in Utica's recruiting efforts and the team's expenditures.
During his time at UC, the Pioneers improved every season, going from a 8-14-4 record in 2009-10 to a 21-6-1 record in 2012-13 en route to the NCAA Division III Semifinals. Dawes also played a part in Utica College's fundraising effort.
Prior to Utica, Dawes spent his freshman year, 2008-09, at Vermont as a student video coordinator and director of hockey operations. That year, the Catamounts reached the NCAA Frozen Four for the first time since 1996 as he created all video breakdowns and was responsible for logistical and physical operations.