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Alex Dawes shifts from the Penn State women to the Penn State men to serve as Director of Hockey Operations
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Alex Dawes enters his fourth year at Penn State, and first as the director of operations for men's ice hockey. Dawes spent the last two seasons as an assistant women's coach/director of operations. A 2012 graduate of Utica, he served as assistant coach/director of hockey operations for the Pioneer men’s team (2009-13).
Dawes will serve as the coordinator of all internal and external video efforts while coordinating travel plans, working with opposing teams and their video efforts and assisting the coaching staff in all pregame and postgame preparation.
With the Penn State women, Dawes was a member of the on-ice coaching staff whose main responsibilities included working with the defensemen, the penalty kill and video coaching. He also oversaw the day-to-day operation of the program including game scheduling, away trip management, home game day coordination and hockey technology.
Under Dawes, the Nittany Lion defense has improved each year in goals allowed, goals against average and shutouts. The Nittany Lions have also increased their penalty kill percentage from .719 in 2013-14 to .813 in 2014-15 to .847 during the 2015-16 season.
In addition to his duties with the Nittany Lions, Dawes served as video coach of the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team for the 2015-16 season, winning a gold medal at the 2016 IIHF World Championships. He produced scouting reports, pre and post-game meeting packages, and assisted in all areas of hockey technology.
While at Utica, Dawes primarily oversaw the day-to-day operations of the men’s hockey team and helped develop scouting reports and 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 an 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 the director of hockey operations/video coach. 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.