Williston State hockey coach takes Northland job

  • Associated Press
  • June 5, 2014 - 8:25 AM

WILLISTON, N.D. — The coach who led the Williston State College hockey team to back-to-back junior college national championships has resigned to take a new job.

Seamus Gregory has accepted the head coaching position at Northland College, an NCAA Division III school in Wisconsin. Williston State competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association, and Gregory said his goal has always been to "get to the highest level that I can."

Williston State hired Gregory after starting a hockey program in 2011. Williston State Foundation President Terry Olson said he is disappointed but not surprised that Gregory is leaving.

"What he did in three years in building a hockey program is truly incredible, not to mention winning two national titles," Olson said.

Gregory said his brief time at the North Dakota school enabled him to grow personally and professionally, and that the experience changed his life.

"There were some long days starting with the building blocks of the program, but the support from the city and people made things much easier," he said.

At Northland, Gregory will replace Steve Fabiilli, who resigned in April to become the head women's coach at Concordia University Wisconsin.

"Seamus is a proven winner and recruiter — and inspires confidence about the future of Northland hockey," said Steve Wammer, the school's co-director of athletics.

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