Former Clarkson assistant Jones added as assistant to Massachusetts-Lowell staff

Massachusetts-Lowell announced Thursday the hiring of Andy Jones as an assistant coach.

Jones comes from Clarkson, where he was an assistant coach since 2011.

“We are excited to be able to attract Andy and his wife Tracy to UMass Lowell,” said Lowell coach Norm Bazin in a statement. “He showed great enthusiasm pursuing the open position and I was impressed with his hockey knowledge and attention to detail. He brings almost ten years of coaching experience between his experiences from the Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL) and Clarkson University. He has been instrumental in developing former UMass Lowell alumni Josh Holmstrom, Zack Kamrass and Chad Ruhwedel when they played for him in the USHL.”

Before his time with Clarkson, Jones spent five seasons (2006-2011) as an assistant coach for the Stampede.

“I am honored to be joining the UMass Lowell River Hawk family,” added Jones. “The recent on-ice success speaks to the program’s commitment to excellence and development. It is clear to me that UMass Lowell is a great place for players to learn, grow and succeed. I would certainly like to thank head coach Norm Bazin and assistant coach Cam Ellsworth for their support during this process. My wife Tracy and I are excited to return to the Massachusetts area and get started.”

In 2009, the 2000 Amherst grad was an assistant on the United States World Junior Challenge gold medalist staff. He also spent 2000 to 2005 in various coaching positions at his alma mater.