Bowdoin names Jamie Dumont as new head coach

Update: Here is link to a good article from a local newspaper (the Lewiston Sun Journal), which implies that former Bowdoin HC Terry Meagher began to groom Dumont as a possible successor a couple of years ago by turning over various administrative responsibilities to him. It also notes that Dumont sees the incoming class of recruits as one of the strongest classes of recruits during his tenure. And a link to an article in the Maine Hockey Journal that says similar things and goes into more depth on Dumont’s coaching experience in Europe.

Bowdoin, opting to go with continuity and familiarity, named assistant coach Jamie Dumont as its new head coach and replacement for the now retired Terry Meagher. Dumont has served a total of 9 years as Bowdoin’s assistant hockey coach in 2 separate stints (2001-05 and 2011-16) and was the Polar Bears’ primary recruiter during both periods. In between his 2 Bowdoin stints, he was an assistant hockey coach for D1 Bowling Green and garnered extensive international experience as a coach at the professional level in Bolzano, Italy. Dumont is unusually well positioned to to hit the ground running for the Polar Bears as he knows all the existing players and the incoming recruits, Bowdoin’s style of play (with its emphasis on speed and frequent deployment of a 3-back system), the NESCAC world (and its idiosyncrasies and rules), and the larger Bowdoin hockey community. He has a record of success as, during his 9 seasons as Bowdoin’s sole assistant coach and primary recruiter, the Polar Bears finished in the top 4 on 7 occasions during the regular season and finished just outside of the top 4 in 5th place in the 2 seasons in which it did not crack the top 4 (2014 and 2015).  Bowdoin has secured 2 NESCAC crowns (2013 and 2014) and 1 regular season championship (2013) during his past 5 seasons.

Dumont is a 1998 graduate of Oswego State where he was  4-year member of the varsity and served as an assistant coach at Oswego after graduation. He is a Maine native (Lewiston, which is about 25 miles north of Brunswick) but played his high school hockey at longtime New England schoolboy hockey powerhouse Mount St Charles. The 42-year-old Dumont  is only the third Bowdoin coach since 1959 and the 9th coach in Bowdoin’s history.

Congratulations to Jamie Dumont in his new but familiar post. He is the rare direct promotion from within in the NESCAC world as, in recent years, NESCAC schools have tended to look outward for new head coaches, turning  to another D3 school (Middlebury’s Neil Sinclair (Skidmore)), a prep school (Tufts’ Patrick Norton (Tilton)), USNTDP (Trinity’s Matt Greason), or a D1 school (Hamilton’s Rob Haberbusch (associate coach for Army), Colby’s Blaise MacDonald (assistant coach at UMass and former head coach at UMass-Lowell), Wesleyan’s Chris Potter (assistant coach at Brown), Williams’ Bill Kangas (assistant coach at UVM), and Conn College’s Jim Ward (assistant coach at Princeton)). (Both Sinclair and Greason had served prior stints at their respective schools as assistant coaches but had done something else outside of the school during the years immediately prior to being named head coach; Amherst’s Jack Arena followed an idiosyncratic path, going straight from being Amherst’s team captain in 1984 to its head coach in the fall of 1984.)

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2 Responses

  1. It’d be hard to argue that Jamie Dumont has been an integral part of the success of the Bowdoin hockey program in the 21st. century. He deserved to be given the opportunity to succeed hockey legend Terry Meagher. The future of the Bowdoin program looks bright. Last year’s class proved to be very talented and the entering freshman class appears to be the strongest group of incoming freshmen since 2010.

    • To clarify my statement, it’d be hard to argue with the notion that Dumont has been an integral part of the the success of the Bowdoin program. Dumont will provide continuity to Bowdoin’s enormous success under Meagher.

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