DUBUQUE, IA--The Dubuque Fighting Saints officially announced today that Oliver David has been promoted to the role of Associate Head Coach and Assistant General Manager. David, who joined Dubuque in 2013, will see an increase in responsibilities and play a key role on new Head Coach and General Manager Jason Lammers' staff.
"I'm looking forward to being a part of the player procurement process and communicating with our scouting staff and building the future of the Fighting Saints organization to continue the tradition of excellence established in Dubuque," said David. "It's also gratifying to be recognized by our ownership group and to have the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally in this new role."
David served as the top assistant to Matt Shaw over the past two seasons before Shaw's departure in June to join the University of North Dakota. David has helped guide Dubuque to Conference Final playoff appearances in both his seasons behind the bench, and coached the club to a Bronze Medal win at the 2013 Junior Club World Cup in Omsk, Russia.
With the Fighting Saints, David plays a large part in the Dubuque community, speaking at the team's "Live Like A Saint Program" which visited over 20 schools and educated over 7,000 students about character development and hockey last year. He also works with players in the Dubuque Youth Hockey Association through various clinics and camps to help grow the game.
David is also active in USA Hockey's Pacific District, becoming a sought-out speaker, and lends his talents to coaching clinics and certification seminars, in addition to being an evaluator for over 10 years.
A California native, David joined the Fighting Saints from the Kenai River Brown Bears of the North American Hockey League. He was the club's Head Coach from 2010-2013 after serving as Assistant Coach and Interim Head Coach in 2009. He also served as the club's Director of Hockey Operations and sat on the NAHL's Board of Governors. During his tenure in Alaska, David transformed Kenai River into a successful organization, guiding the club to 87-74-17 record, including a franchise best 31-25-4 mark in 2011-2012. Kenai River graduated numerous players to the NCAA ranks under David's watch, with the Brown Bears advancing approximately 10 players per year, one of the league's top marks, to the collegiate ranks.
David broke into coaching in his native California in 2005. From 2005-2009 he coached with many of the state's top programs at every level, winning a USA Hockey National Championship with the California Wave in 2006, and winning District and State titles every year from 2005-2009. He spent time with the California Wave (2005-2007), the Anaheim Jr. Ducks (2006-2007) and the LA Selects (2007-2009).
In addition to David's promotion, Goalie Coach and Director of Hockey Operations Matt Millar will see an increase in responsibilities under Lammers direction and will continue to benefit the organization's goaltenders with daily instruction.
Millar is entering his third season with the Fighting Saints. Prior to his time in Dubuque, Millar was an amateur scout for the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes from 2009-2011 and was a regional scout and goaltending mentor for US National Team Development Program. He also spent time with Sioux Falls Stampede and Omaha Lancers in the USHL, as well as time in Minnesota High School Hockey with Roseau and Hill-Murray.