UMD Names New Men's Hockey Assistant Coach

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UMD Names New Men's Hockey Assistant Coach

June 27, 2011 Updated Jun 27, 2011 at 3:03 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- A former member of the North Dakota Fighting Sioux has taken the vacant assistant coaching position for the UMD men's hockey team.

UMD head coach Scott Sandelin confirmed Monday morning that former North Dakota defenseman Jason Herter has accepted the position and will start his duties for the 2011-2012 season.

Herter was the head coach and general manager of the Fargo Force in the United States Hockey League (USHL) during the 2010-2011 season. The Force went (33-22-5) during the regular season and lost in the playoffs to Dubuque, the eventual league champions.

If he accepts the job, Herter would replace former UMD assistant coach Brett Larson, who left following the Bulldogs' national championship season to become the head coach of Sioux City in the USHL.

Herter spent two years as an assistant coach at North Dakota before joining the Force, the same program Sandelin played in and coached with earlier in his career.

During his playing days, Herter had 118 points in 119 games during three years with the Fighting Sioux and still ranks in the school's top five defensemen in career scoring.

He was a number one overall pick by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, but played in only one NHL game before spending more than a decade bouncing around the minor leagues and European hockey.

Posted by Zach Schneider