Marian’s Largen joins alma mater Alaska as assistant coach

Former Alaska goaltender Erik Largen has left the head coaching position at Division III Marian to join the Nanooks as an assistant coach.

Largen, a Fairbanks, Alaska, native, replaces Corbin Schmidt, who left for a new career opportunity in Minnesota.

Largen was 18-7-3 in one season at Marian after coaching stints in the USHL, NAHL and Minnesota Junior Hockey League.

“I am beyond thrilled to be a part of the Fairbanks community and the Nanook hockey family once again,” Largen said in a news release. “I would like to thank Coach [Dallas] Ferguson and the Alaska Nanooks Department of Athletics for providing me this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

Largen was as assistant coach for the NAHL’s Fairbanks Ice Dogs from 2009 to 2011, helping the team win the league championship in his final season.

“Erik brings a unique coaching resume with him,” Ferguson said. “He has worked in the NAHL, the USHL and most recently the NCAA. Through all of his experiences, Erik has built up a great reputation amongst his peers.”