Longtime successful junior coach Hauge hired as new assistant at Clarkson

Clarkson announced Tuesday the hiring of Josh Hauge as an assistant coach for the Golden Knights.

Hauge replaces Andy Jones behind the Clarkson bench after Jones took a similar job with Massachusetts-Lowell on Aug. 20.

The 36-year-old Hauge comes from the Fargo Force in the United States Hockey League where he was an assistant coach and director of scouting in 2014-15. He joined the Force after serving as the head coach and general manager of the USHL’s Tri-City Storm for parts of the previous three seasons.

“It is an extremely exciting opportunity for myself and my family to come to a great program and work alongside [head coach] Casey [Jones] and [assistant coach] Phil [Roy],” said Hauge in a statement. “My time in the USHL and the NAHL did a great job in preparing me as a coach and getting me ready to take the step into Division I college hockey. Fargo was an unbelievable time for our family and I am thankful for all the support we received. I learned a lot from Coach [John] Marks, Coach [Cary] Eades and Coach [Byron] Pool in the short time that I was there. My wife Allison and I are excited to be part of the Clarkson family and are ready to get started.”

With Tri-City from 2011 to 2014, Hauge guided 100 percent of his players to NCAA Division I or pro hockey, according to a Clarkson press release.

Hauge also served as the head coach for the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in the North American Hockey League from 2008 to 2011. In three seasons, he compiled a regular-season record of 111-49-15 and was 20-9-0 in the postseason, which included a 10-1-0 mark in the 2011 playoffs as the Ice Dogs won the Robertson Cup.

A native of Rosemount, Minn., Hauge has coached teams to a national championship, two national championship runner-ups, three league championships, two league championship runner-ups, two regular-season titles, four divisional championships, was named coach of the year once and has a career winning percentage of .633 (250-138-32).