The head coaching job at the Wild's minor-league affiliate didn't stay vacant for long.

Tim Army was hired Thursday — only a week after Derek Lalonde left the position to become an assistant with the Lightning.

Army joins Iowa of the American Hockey League after spending last season as an assistant with the AHL's Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, the Penguins' affiliate. Before then, he was an assistant with the Avalanche from 2011-2017.

He was most recently a head coach when he guided his alma mater, Providence College, from 2005-2011. The program reached the Hockey East quarterfinals in each of his first three seasons there, and it had a winning conference record in two of those campaigns.

Army was also head coach of the Portland Pirates of the AHL from 2002-2005, with the team going 99-89-26-6.

The 55-year-old also had stints as an assistant with the Capitals (1997-2002), Ducks (1993-1997) and Providence College (1987-1993), and has coached internationally with Team USA.

Sarah McLellan