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University of New England tabs Maine alum Swallow to lead program

First year University of New England Director of Athletics Jack McDonald wanted the right man to lead his hockey program into the future. The former chairperson of the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Committee and Quinnipiac Athletic Director found just that on Monday.

Kevin Swallow will be named the new head coach of the University of New England hockey program, according to multiple sources Monday.

The Peru, Maine native and University of Maine hockey alum returns to his home state after guiding the Nichols program the past three seasons. A product of the USNTDP, Swallow played two seasons at Dartmouth before transferring to the Black Bears.

Swallow replaces Brad Holt, the only coach in program history, who was let go earlier this offseason. He was among several finalists that also included UMass Lowell assistant coach Cam Ellsworth and Union  assistant coach Joe Dumais.

"We're extremely pleased with the outstanding candidates who have applied," said McDonald when reached last week.

Although the Biddeford, Maine school is relatively new to the NCAA hockey landscape, it has the potential to become a prime destination for Division III student athletes.

"We have excellent facilities and a beautiful campus on the water to attract top notch student-athletes. We believe it is one of the best hockey facilities in Division III," McDonald told SBNation last week.

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