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Niagara AD McLaughlin Leaves for VCU

Was Most Recent Rules Committee Chair

CHN Staff Report

Niagara athletic director Ed McLaughlin is leaving to accept the same position at Virginia Commonwealth.

McLaughlin, 39, was the last commissioner of College Hockey America, and was most recently the chair of the NCAA Ice Hockey Rules Committee. He spent six years at Niagara. A Boston College graduate, he was previously the media relations director at Hockey East, and an assistant athletic director at Merrimack.

McLaughlin was at the forefront of discussions that led to Niagara and Robert Morris going to Atlantic Hockey as the CHA was folding, and was attempting to pull together a conference of some Atlantic Hockey and CCHA programs last summer, before it fell through. He has also been instrumental in recent discussions with the NCAA over the helmet/visor issues.

McLaughlin oversaw Niagara dropping women's hockey, and adding women's track and field, and women's golf. He also oversaw the renovations to Dwyer Arena, where the men's ice hockey team plays.

At VCU, McLaughlin replaces Norwood Teague, who recently accepted the AD position at Minnesota, replacing the retiring Joel Maturi.

McLaughlin goes to a program nearly four times the budget and 10 times the enrollment as Niagara. VCU is joining the Atlantic 10 this year after previously competing in the Colonial Athletic Association.

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