The University of North Dakota has announced the hiring of assistant coach Matt Shaw. A Colorado College alum, Shaw comes to UND after having served as the head coach the past two seasons for the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the USHL.
Shaw will take on the open assistant coaching position that became available when Brad Berry was promoted to head coach following the departure of Dave Hakstol to the NHL's Philadelphia Flyers.
Shaw, a Seattle, Wash. native, played defense in college and will likely oversee that aspect of the UND program. Shaw has been out of the college game since 1991 after serving as an assistant coach at his alma mater for two seasons.
Much of the time between now and then was spent in the Minnesota Wild organization, either with the parent team or the AHL affiliate in Houston. He was an assistant coach with the Aeros from 2000-2007 before joining the Wild staff as a video assistant and later as an assistant coach.
He then spent three seasons as an assistant for the San Jose Sharks and one as an assistant with the New Jersey Devils before becoming the head coach and general manager of the Dubuque Fighting Saints.
He brings a similar pro pedigree to the program that Berry did as an assistant and his recent experience in the USHL will help with connections and knowing some of the upcoming younger prospects.
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