Bowdoin tabs assistant Dumont to succeed Meagher as men’s head coach

Bowdoin announced Wednesday the hiring of Jamie Dumont as the ninth head coach of the Polar Bear men’s program.

A native of Lewiston, Maine, Dumont has served as the assistant coach for the team since 2011 and becomes the ninth coach in the 93-year history of the program and just the third head coach since 1959.

“We are thrilled to announce the hiring of Jamie Dumont as our head coach of men’s hockey,” said Bowdoin director of athletics Tim Ryan in a statement. “Jamie has been a critical member of our hockey program during both his tenures as an assistant coach at Bowdoin and his wealth of experience coaching collegiate hockey and professional hockey overseas will be of considerable benefit to our program.”

“I am honored and humbled to follow Terry Meagher and Sid Watson as the head coach of the Bowdoin men’s ice hockey program,” added Dumont. “Since the moment I first stepped foot on campus in 2001, I have known Bowdoin to be a uniquely special place. The college’s commitment to excellence in the classroom, community and athletic fields, combined with its unparalleled tradition in ice hockey, make this position second to none. I’m incredibly excited about this opportunity.”

A 1998 graduate of Oswego, Dumont began his coaching career at Oswego, helping the Lakers win a regular season title and an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. His first stint at Bowdoin was from 2001 to 2005, helping the Polar Bears to 64 wins and assisting in recruiting numerous All-NESCAC and All-American players.

Since Dumont returned to the program in 2011, the Polar Bears have accumulated 83 victories, an impressive .681 winning percentage and two NESCAC titles.

While away from Bowdoin between 2006-2010, Dumont earned coaching experience in Europe, the Atlantic Junior Hockey League and Division I Bowling Green. While overseas as head coach of the Bolzano Hockey Club in the Italian Professional League, Dumont won two national championships along with a bronze medal at the Continental Cup.

In 2008, Dumont served as associate coach with the National Junior Team representing Italy at the World Championships in Denmark.

“It is clear Jamie has a deep personal knowledge of, and appreciation for, the tradition in our program,” noted Ryan. “He will bring his tireless support of our student-athletes in every aspect of their experience to his new role at the college.”