Utica's Alex Dawes officially joins Nittany Lion women's hockey July 29
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Alex Dawes, formerly of Utica College, was named director of operations on July 17, 2013. A 2012 graduate of Utica, Dawes served as director of operations/student assistant coach of the Pioneer men's team since 2009.
"I am very pleased to welcome Alex to the Penn State Hockey family," Penn State head coach Josh Brandwene said. "He is organized, articulate, and clearly understands the vital role that hockey operations plays in the success of our program. His passion for the game is evident - and his experience at two successful programs will enable him to step in and contribute immediately. I am excited to have Alex on our team."
"I'm very excited to become a part of the great athletics tradition at Penn State," said Dawes. "I am eager to get started and honored to have an opportunity to join this already great staff. This is a great time to be a member of the Penn State family and I'm thrilled to be here."
Dawes primarily oversaw the day-to-day operations of the Utica men's 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 8-14-4 in 2009-10 to a 21-6-1 record last year en route the NCAA Division III Semifinals.
While at Utica, Dawes also played a part in the 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.