Lammers Named Next Niagara Coach
Niagara has announced Jason Lammers as the school’s new head hockey coach. CHN reported the news Monday morning, and Niagara made it official soon thereafter. A news conference to introduce Lammers will come at a later time, the school said.
Lammers has been the head coach and general manager of the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the USHL the past two seasons after serving as an assistant coach to Norm Bazin at Massachusetts-Lowell for four years.
Lammers has guided Dubuque to playoff appearances in both seasons. His team made it all the way to the Clark Cup Final a year ago. Dubuque will play in the Eastern Conference Finals again this season, starting this weekend. He played an integral role in building the River Hawks into a perennial contender while with Bazin.
“Jason Lammers is a transformational hire for this University,” Niagara athletic director Simon Gray said. “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.
“The men’s ice hockey program is a primary asset of Niagara University. As evidenced during its championship history, the Purple Eagles’ success elevates the brand of the institution and fills all of its constituents with pride. We look forward to Jason leading us in the next chapter of Niagara hockey. We are absolutely thrilled to welcome Jason, his wife Michelle, and their children Rhett and Bryn to our community.”
Lammers played college hockey at Division III SUNY-Geneseo. In addition to UML, the Pittsburgh, Pa. native has NCAA experience as an assistant with Clarkson, Alaska-Fairbanks, Princeton, Ohio State and Colorado College.
Niagara is trying to be considerate in terms of timing of the announcement due to Dubuque still competing in the Clark Cup Playoffs.
Niagara assistant coach Ethan Moreau and Colby head coach Blaise MacDonald — who was the Purple Eagles' first head coach in its history before leaving for Lowell — were the other finalists. Providence assistant Kris Mayotte, Niagara alum and Mercyhurst assistant Greg Gardner, and RIT assistant Brian Hills also interviewed for the position.
The position became vacant last month when the school parted ways with long-time coach Dave Burkholder after three consecutive seasons with less than 10 wins.