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Hauge Accepts Position with Clarkson University

By Force Staff, 08/25/15, 10:15AM CDT

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Fargo Force’s assistant coach, Josh Hauge, will be moving onto the Division 1 NCAA level as he has accepted the assistant coaching position at Clarkson University. Hauge is replacing Andy Jones behind the Clarkson bench, and rounds out the Knights' coaching staff that also includes fifth-year assistant coach Phil Roy.

“I want to thank the Force for the opportunity and for helping me develop as a coach,” said Hauge. “I also want to thank the Fargo-Moorhead community for the way they took care of me and my family. Coach John Marks, Coach Byron Pool and Coach Cary Eades were instrumental in preparing me to make this jump to college hockey.”

Hauge joined the Force for the 2014-15 season as assistant coach and director of scouting, where the team ended in sixth place finishing with a record of 26-28-6. Prior to Fargo, he was the head coach/GM of the Tri City Storm from 2011-14.  His time was highlighted by the 2012 season, leading the team to a playoff appearance, with the team going 20-18-1 during his time as head coach, after a 6-15 start. Hauge also saw time in the North American Hockey League where he led Fairbanks to the Robertson Cup Championship. He was the head coach of the Ice Dogs for three seasons, compiling a regular-season record of 111-49-15 (.694 winning percentage) and was 20-9-0 in the post-season, which included a 10-1-0 mark in the playoff winning the Robertson Cup.  

“We are very excited for Josh,” said Fargo Force head coach/GM Cary Eades. “Clarkson is a great opportunity for him and his family. Josh has been a very loyal and valuable asset to our organization and will be missed. The United States Hockey League is a developmental league not only for players, but for coaches as well and we’re proud to have been a stepping stone to Josh’s career. We wish him all the best at the D1 level and in his future coaching endeavors.”

The coaching staff will be meeting internally within the organization this week to decide if they will seek an immediate replacement for Josh or move forward into the 2015-16 season with the current coaching staff of head coach/GM Cary Eades, associate head coach Byron Pool and assistant coach/head scout Brad Lutsch.

The season and home opener is set for Friday, Sept. 25 at 7:05 PM out at Scheels Arena versus the Sioux City Musketeers. Single game tickets go on sale Aug. 31.