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Penn State Hockey: Dawes Hired As Director Of Operations

by on August 18, 2016 11:21 AM

Penn State hockey has hired Alex Dawes to take over the role of Director of Hockey Operations the program announced on Thursday.

“Alex Dawes has impressed the Athletic Department, our administration and our hockey staff with his tireless work ethic, attention to detail and his communication skills,” coach Guy Gadowsky said in a statement. “He is well respected outside of PSU and with previous experience in Division I men’s hockey operations he will provide a seamless transition.”

Dawes' new role comes after working with the women’s program and is the result of former ops director Bill Downey announcing his departure for a similar title in the Philadelphia Flyers organization. Downey's last day with the Nittany Lions was Wednesday after four years with the program. Downey will now serve as the Manger of Hockey Operations for the American Hockey League affiliate of the Flyers, the Lehigh Valley Phantoms starting on August 22nd.

With three seasons at Penn State under his belt Dawes has served as assistant women’s hockey coach and director of operations for the past two seasons. During his time with the women he worked primarily with the defenseman and penalty kill unit as well as video coaching and overseeing many of the day-to-day operations of the program. He also served as video coach of the U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Team for the 2015-16 season where they won a gold medal at the 2016 IIHF World Championships

“I can't say thank you enough to all of the great people that I have had the privilege of working with at Penn State,” said Dawes. “I especially want to thank Sandy Barbour, Michael Cross, and Coach Gadowsky for this tremendous opportunity within our men's hockey program. I look forward to helping continue the growth and success of the program."

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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