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Princeton hires Ron Fogarty as new hockey coach

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Princeton University will name Ron Fogarty its new head coach of the men's hockey program at a 3 p.m. press conference, according to a press release from the school.

"It was an honor to be considered for this position and now a privilege to be named the head coach of the Princeton hockey program," Fogarty said in the press release. "With great enthusiasm, I look forward to building a program that will consistently compete for Ivy League and ECAC championships. Our players will be recognized for excellence in the classroom, ambassadors for the University in the community and relentless competitors on the ice."

Fogarty has been wildly successful as head coach of Division III Adrian College in Michigan, but he has experience as a player and an assistant at the Division I level, including inside ECAC Hockey. The 1995 Colgate graduate compiled a record of 167-23-10. That is a remarkable record considering he built the program from the ground up. Adrian has qualified for the NCAA Tournament four times and has won the conference tournament six times in seven seasons.

Fogarty previously was an assistant coach at Bowling Green, Clarkson and Colgate before taking on the task of building the Division III program at Adrian. He spent three years each at Colgate and Clarkson before four seasons at BGSU.

The Sarnia, Ontario native played center for the Red Raiders, posting 51 goals and 89 assists in 135 career games before a brief stint in the minors with the Memphis RiverKings of the Central Hockey League.

Fogarty replaces Bob Prier who was fired earlier this offseason following three seasons at the helm. It is not yet known whether Greg Gardner and Scott Garrow will stay on as assistants. The two have done a solid job keeping in contact with recruits and keeping the program afloat during the time of transition.

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Jeff Cox covers college, junior and high school hockey, NCAA recruiting and NHL Draft prospects. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSports.