Schenectady, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Union College has hired former Clarkson associate head coach Josh Hauge as their new head coach. Athletic Director Jim McLaughlin confirmed the hiring to News10 on Friday.

Hauge has spent the last seven years on Clarkson’s bench. During his time with the Golden Knights they tallied five 20 win seasons, won the ECAC in 2019, and made two trips to the NCAA tournament.

Union athletic director Jim McLaughlin was impressed with Hauge’s tenure at Clarkson. “Josh is a proven recruiter,” said McLaughlin. “The work that he’s done at Clarkson alongside head coach Casey Jones in bringing that program back to prominence at the national level has been remarkable to watch.”

Hauge’s recruiting prowess and coaching ability weren’t the only draws for McLaughlin. “I think the one thing to me that stood out more than anything that differentiated Josh was his ability to build a rapport and sincere, genuine relationships with players, with community members, and I really look forward to Josh coming here to Union to have that same impact on our team, on our community, and I couldn’t be happier that he’s here,” said McLaughlin.

Hauge inherits a Union team that went 14-19-4 last year, falling in the second round of the ECAC tournament. Hauge has already been a part of an ECAC rebuild firsthand, and he’s ready to try and do it again. “When I got to Clarkson I think we were an eighth, ninth place team,” said Hauge. “I’ve seen that change happen firsthand, and I’d like to think I was a big part of that change. We had a lot of help along the way but I would like to think I had a lot to do with that, and now I get to run that. I think five years ago, this job, as crazy as this sounds, isn’t as appealing to me. It’s because I can put my stamp on it. I can really run with it right away and we as a group are going to do that.”

Hauge is already impressed with the guys in the Union lockerroom. “We have enough in the lockerroom to be competitive and win right away,” said Hogue. “It’s not going to be easy. No one is going to give us anything. But we’re going to get after it, we’re going to compete and we’re going to have fun while we do that. Those are going to be staples of our program.”

Hauge is the 22nd head coach in Union men’s hockey history, replacing Rick Bennett after he resigned in the middle of last season.

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