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Coaches and Hockey Operations Staff


Oliver David

Head Coach
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Oliver David was named head coach of the Dubuque Fighting Saints on May 31, 2017, and he enters his second season with the Saints as the bench boss. He returns back to the Fighting Saints after serving as an assistant coach on ex-NHL coach Mike Johnston's staff with the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League, and after serving two of three seasons with the Fighting Saints as an assistant coach, and the final as the associate head coach and assistant general manager.

No matter where Oliver David has gone, success has followed closely alongside. Following the conclusion of his professional hockey career, he has won championships on the coaching staff of California youth hockey programs, completely turned around the Kenai River Brown Bears organization, remains the winningest coach in the franchise's history to this day, and oversaw the Dubuque Fighting Saints to three consecutive playoff berths, including one trip to the Clark Cup Final in 2016.

David is in rare company, as one of very few American coaches to coach in three well-known junior leagues. For Oliver, that includes the North American Hockey League, the United States Hockey League, and the Western Hockey League.

David got his bearings as a coach at the junior level in Soldotna, Alaska with the Kenai River Brown Bears. After taking over the head coaching role in 2009, as well as serving as the alternate governor and director of hockey operations, the Brown Bears saw an immediate turnaround. He led the fledgling team to four consecutive Robertson Cup playoff berths, which had not been accomplished once before, and a record of 87-74-17 (.540).

He is entering his tenth season of coaching junior hockey, and has firsthand knowledge of the tradition of excellence here in Dubuque which has spanned seven consecutive playoff berths and two Clark Cup championships since 2010–11. In his time here serving under Matt Shaw and Jason Lammers, the Fighting Saints accumulated a record of 108-61-11 (.639). Mostly in charge of the defense, David coached standouts such as Michael Davies, Keegan Ford, Casey Johnson, Tampa Bay Lightning draft selection Ryan Zuhlsdorf, and Edmonton Oilers draft selection William Lagesson.

David originally hails from Los Angeles, California, and he remains a staunch advocate for hockey in the Pacific District. The west coast is burgeoning hotbed of hockey that has produced Fighting Saints alumni such as Dylan Gambrell, Robby Jackson, and Jacob Hamacher. His time in California saw championships with several youth hockey teams, including a national championship with the California Wave.

The coaching bug bit David while he was playing with EC Pfaffenhofen of the Bayernliga rehabbing an injury. He has not looked back since, and has remained a successful coach at every stop on his journey.

David, along with his wife, Denee, and children Oden and Denver, live in Dubuque.


Kalle Larsson

General Manager
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Kalle Larsson was named General Manager of the Fighting Saints on May 30, 2017. He originally joined the Dubuque Fighting Saints as the Director of Player Personnel in August 2015. As GM, he oversees current and future Dubuque Fighting Saints players.

Larsson joined the Fighting Saints from the Sioux City Musketeers, where he previously served as the club's Assistant General Manager and Director of Scouting. The Gothenburg, Sweden native joined the team late in the 2013-14 season and provided insight to the organization during two USHL drafts. In 2014-15, Sioux City finished in the top spot in the USHL's Western Conference.

Prior to joining Sioux City, Larsson was the Associate Head Coach at his alma mater, Lawrence University in Appleton, WI. Larsson played for Lawrence from 2003-2007, scoring 19 points in 22 games his senior season. Larsson returned to Lawrence as an Assistant Coach in 2010. He spent four years on the coaching staff of the NCAA Division-III program before joining Sioux City. 

Larsson graduated from Lawrence with a double major in Government and International Studies, and a minor in History.

Larsson lives in Chicago with his family.


Evan Dixon

Assistant Coach
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Dixon comes to Dubuque after coaching the previous two seasons at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. He was on the coaching staff of the first unbeaten season in Division III men's hockey as the Pointers captured the program's sixth national championship in 2018-19. Dixon coached a pair of All-Americans in Connor Ryckman and Tanner Karty.  He helped to lead the Pointers to a program record 31-game unbeaten streak and the fewest goals allowed (46) in program history.

In his first season as an assistant, Dixon helped the Pointers reach the Frozen Four and saw Karty earn WIAC Player of the Year honors.

He captained the 2016 UWSP team that captured the fifth national title in program history.  That season, he was an Elite 90 Award winner and the WIAC Max Sparger Scholar-Athlete.  As a member of the UWSP team, he led the Pointers to three-consecutive NCAA Title games culminating with the national championship in 2016. 
 
He skated in 117 games in a Pointer jersey over four seasons with 22 goals, 16 assists and 38 points.  In his final three seasons at UWSP, Dixon was named to the WIAC All-Sportsmanship team.  Following his senior season, Dixon went on to play professionally with the Fayetteville FireAntz of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL).  He scored seven goals and added 11 assists in 56 games in Fayetteville.


Justin Hale

Assistant Coach

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Justin Hale arrives to the Fighting Saints after serving as the Assistant Coach, Director of Player Personnel, and Goalie Coach for the Lone Star Brahmas in the NAHL.  With the Brahmas, Justin aided in the development of 24 Division I players and 1 NHL Draft Pick.

Prior to Lone Star, he was an Assistant Coach, Video Coordinator, and Goalie Coach for Bemidji State University. The Beavers won the 2016-17 MacNaughton Cup, WCHA regular season title, and finished with a record of 22-16-3.

Prior to Bemidji State, he was a Volunteer Assistant with the Madison Capitols of the USHL.

Hale was a four-year letter-winning blueliner at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. While at UWSP, the Pointers earned NCAA Division III runner up accolades in 2014 and 2015 and piled up a total of 74 victories, which included a pair of 20-win seasons.

Hale earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, and an Economics minor from UW-Stevens Point in the spring of 2015. Justin is a native of the Madison, WI area.


Peter Samargia

Goalie Coach


Brian Stoya

Equipment Manager
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Brian Stoya joined the Dubuque Fighting Saints as equipment manager on August 1, 2018. The New York native enters his first season in this role, in charge of all Fighting Saints equipment maintenance and orders.

Stoya most recently joined the Saints after serving as an equipment management intern with Union College's Men's and Women's teams during the 2017–18 season, and prior to that, as a student equipment manager with SUNY Cortland during the 2016–17 season. He also had the opportunity of a lifetime to be the equipment manager during the 2nd and 3rd annual Miracle on Ice Fantasy Camp in Lake Placid, N.Y.

Stoya grew up with the game of hockey, and he has been involved in equipment management in some capacity over the past three years. He grew up as a defenseman from the age of four in Lake George, N.Y., and played Junior B hockey with the Adirondack Jr. Wings, and completed his playing career at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica.


Jim Romagna

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Jim Romagna enters his ninth season with the Fighting Saints as an established Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach (National Strength and Conditioning Association) and a Certified Personal Trainer (American Council on Exercise). Romagna is the Department Head at The University of Dubuque in the Health Wellness and Sport program and owns and operates Natural Fit Fitness Training and Consulting, and Romagna Performance with his wife Jennifer. Romagna has competed nationally in more than 20 bodybuilding competitions, appeared on the cover of Muscle and Magazine, and has written freelance articles for many national magazines. 

A Loras College alumnus, Romagna worked as the Strength and Conditioning Coach at Loras College from 2000 to 2007. He and his wife Jennifer and four children, Jade, Angelo, Ava and Beatrice, reside in Dubuque.


JoAnne Gibson

Education Coordinator

​JoAnne Uthe-Gibson joined the Dubuque Fighting Saints in 2010 as the Education Coordinator for the team. Gibson received a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. She taught at Dubuque Senior High School from 1975-2008 and is currently an adjunct faculty member at the Northeast Iowa Community College.

Gibson assists the players in preparing for the next level in their educational careers. She enjoys working with the Saints players to be academically ready when they leave Dubuque, whether they are in high school, or are taking online courses to prepare for college.

Gibson resides with her husband, Don, in rural Hazel Green, Wisconsin.


Amy Edwards

Housing Coordinator
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Amy Edwards, a billet since the 2013/2014 season, joined the Dubuque Fighting Saints in July 2018 as Housing Coordinator. 

Through collaboration with coaches, billet families, players and their families, she is committed to facilitating a positive housing experience for all Dubuque Fighting Saints players.

Edwards is a native of Dubuque, graduated from Loras College with an Elementary Education degree, and resides in Peosta, IA with her husband, Doug and children, P.J. and Mary.

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