DUBUQUE, IA–After three successful seasons with the Dubuque Fighting Saints, the club’s Assistant Coach and Director of Scouting will join the nation's newest Division-1 hockey program. Mike Field has been hired as an Associate Head Coach at Arizona State University, the program announced in a press release today.
“I’ve had an unbelievable experience in Dubuque that has propelled me to this great opportunity at Arizona State,” said Field. “The staff, the facilities and the resources available at ASU are second to none. Being able to build a top-notch Division 1 program at a rapid pace is a challenge, but is a real exciting thing to be a part of.”
Field joined the Fighting Saints in the summer of 2012 as the club’s Assistant Coach and Director of Scouting, replacing Bobby Kinsella. Under the direction of Head Coach Jim Montgomery, Field and the coaching staff helped the Fighting Saints to a team record 45-11-8 season during the 2012-2013 campaign. Dubuque claimed the Anderson Cup as the league’s top regular season team, and won the Clark Cup as the USHL’s postseason champions.
Field, who handled the Fighting Saints drafts and spent much of his time on the road scouting and recruiting, helped Dubuque to a playoff appearance each season during his three years with the organization. He also accompanied the team to a Bronze Medal finish at the 2013 Junior Club World Cup in Omsk, Russia.
In addition to the selection of marquee players such as Brett Boeing and William Lagesson in the USHL Draft, one of Field’s biggest contributions to Dubuque was bringing forward Mike Szmatula to the Fighting Saints. When Dubuque lost Mark Jankowski to Providence College in the summer of 2012, Field suggested Szmatula, who he had recruited while at American International College, to fill the open roster spot. Szmatula went on to lead the Fighting Saints in scoring in 2012-2013, win the playoff MVP award and help Dubuque to a Clark Cup Championship before moving onto Northeastern University.
“I came to Dubuque to recruit and work with the best players in the world. Working with Matt Shaw and Jim Montgomery, as well as elite players, prepared me for the next step. I’ll never forget winning championships here, but the people—from the players, to the housing parents, to the staff—mean the most. Dubuque will always have a place in my heart and it is a first class organization.”
Prior to Dubuque, Field spent three seasons as an Assistant Coach at his Alma mater, American International College. Prior to moving to the bench, Field, a forward, skated for four seasons with AIC before embarking on a brief pro hockey career with the Fort Wayne Komets.
Field will join Arizona State next season for the club's transition from club hockey to NCAA Division-1 action. The program has draw attention and already gained commitments from many USHL players, including former Dubuque forward Ryan Stevens.
“I couldn’t be more excited to add Mike Field to our staff at ASU,” Arizona State Head Coach Greg Powers said in the university's release. “We really took our time with this hire because I knew we had to get it right. After six months of talking to Mike and many more great candidates extensively, Mike proved to be the perfect fit for our program. Mike is a tireless recruiter that will come in and round out our staff and bring a skill set that makes our Sun Devil hockey staff unique with collective NHL experience, NCAA experience, and USHL experience.”