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Greg Brown was named head coach of the Dubuque Fighting Saints on June 28, 2021. Brown will be the fifth head coach in the organization’s Tier-I history, succeeding Oliver David in the role.
Brown, 53, most recently served as an assistant coach with the New York Rangers for the past three seasons. He coached superstar players such as Henrik Lundqvist, Artemi Panarin, Mika Zibanejad, Alexis Lafrenière, and top-tier USHL products such as Jacob Trouba, K’Andre Miller, and Norris Trophy award-winning defenseman Adam Fox. He helped guide the Rangers in the midst of an organizational rebuild, and develop its younger core to higher heights.
The bulk of Brown’s coaching career came with his alma mater, Boston College. He served as an assistant coach for eight seasons, and was promoted to associate head coach for another six seasons, all under legendary head coach Jerry York. With the Eagles, he coached Fighting Saints alumni Johnny Gaudreau, Mike Matheson, Teddy Doherty and J.D. Dudek, among many other players who saw their careers blossom to the professional level.
A BC legend both as a coach and a player, he helped the Eagles win seven Hockey East titles, win seven Hockey East regular season championships, appear in the NCAA tournament 12 times, appear in the Frozen Four seven times, appear the NCAA national championship game five times, and win three NCAA national championships (2008, 2010, 2012) while behind the bench for 14 seasons.
His ability to get the best out of his players was on display during the 2017 and 2018 IIHF World Junior Championships—the top showcase for talent under 20 years of age. Team USA captured the gold medal in 2017, and the bronze medal in 2018. He also served as an assistant coach for Team USA during the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships. That roster included former Fighting Saints forward Riley Barber.
Brown is a Boston College legend and one of the best defensemen to ever play at the Heights. Before graduating in 1990 with two Hockey East championships under his belt, he was named a two-time All-American (1989, 1990), a two-time Hobey Baker Award finalist, and a two-time All-New England selection. He is only one of three players in Hockey East history to be the conference’s Player of the Year twice. In 1994, he was one of four defensemen to be named Hockey East All-Decade. Those accomplishments netted him Boston College’s Varsity Club Hall of Fame honors in 2004.
The Massachusetts native enjoyed a long and fruitful professional career that spanned 13 seasons. He played 94 games across four seasons for the Buffalo Sabres, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the first iteration of the Winnipeg Jets. Other pro stops included the Rochester Americans of the AHL, and the San Diego Gulls and Cleveland Lumberjacks of the now-defunct IHL.
Brown spent the final eight seasons of his pro career overseas, playing for pro teams in Sweden, Switzerland, Austria and Germany. He won an Austrian League championship with VEU Feldkirch in 1997, and the Spengler Cup with Kölner Hale in 2000.
He is no stranger to representing his home country as a player as well as a coach. Brown skipped his sophomore season at BC to play at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta, and the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. Additionally, he suited up for Team USA during the World Championships in 1998 and 1999.
Brown is part of a hockey family that includes a brother, Doug Brown, a fellow BC Hall-of-Famer and a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Detroit Red Wings, and nephews Chris Brown and Patrick Brown, who both played at BC as well. Chris most recently played for the Jacksonville Icemen of the ECHL, and Patrick split time with the Vegas Golden Knights of the NHL, and their AHL affiliate, the Henderson Silver Knights, this past season.
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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 all aspects of hockey operations. Larsson served as USHL GM Chair for three years (2019–2021), is a current GM representative of the USHL's Competition Committee, and an active member of the league's Return to Play COVID Task Force.
Larsson has cultivated strong crop of players during his time with Dubuque which has made the playoffs in every season under his watch. Dubuque players drafted by Larsson and subsequently drafted in the NHL include: Andrei Buyalsky, Matias Maccelli, Braden Doyle, Erik Portillo, Ryder Donovan, Patrick Kudla and Santeri Virtanen, among others.
Dubuque has seen over 95% of all players commit to Division I schools under Larsson's guidance. Academics have been a key focus for Larsson's teams. The Fighting Saints have had three of the last four USHL Scholar Athletes, and nine USHL All-Academic Team selections since the award's instatement in 2017.
Following the conclusion of the 2019–20 season, Larsson was named USHL General Manager of the Year after helping piece together one of the best teams in Dubuque hockey history. Larsson was responsible for drafting USHL Goalie of the Year Erik Portillo, USHL Forward and Player of the Year Riese Gaber, and three other All-USHL selections from that season's team.
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 completed his second season as assistant coach of the Fighting Saints. He originally came to Dubuque after coaching the previous two seasons at the University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point.
Dixon 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.
Dixon 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 completed his second season as assistant coach of the Dubuque Fighting Saints. He came 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 one NHL Draft selection.
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.
Peter Samargia enters his second season working with the Fighting Saints as the team's goalie coach. He previously coached in the USHL for seven years, most recently with the Des Moines Buccaneers. Over the years, Peter has coached 12 goalies to the Division 1 level from the USHL.
Peter is the Owner of Attitude Goaltending out of Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he has been teaching goalies for 18 years. Peter played two years for the University of Minnesota and two for Augsburg College.
Peter resides in Plymouth, Minnesota with his wife and three kids. He has a degree in Business administration from Augsburg College.
HEAD ATHLETIC TRAINER
Justin Broy joined the Dubuque Fighting Saints as head athletic trainer prior to the 2021–22 season. He joins the Saints after spending the last season as an intern with Boston College's hockey program.
A 2021 graduate of the University of Southern Maine with a degree in athletic training, and a minor in holistic and integrative health, Broy brings experience working with both collegiate and high school athletes, such as at BC, the University of Southern Maine, Deering High School, Sanford High School, and Scarborough High School.
The Maine native played his junior hockey with the Maine Wild of the NA3EHL, and played for the University of Southern Maine as a goaltender at the Division III level.
Broy will be actively working towards a master's degree in rehabilitative science from Lasell University.
HEAD EQUIPMENT MANAGER
Alex Werner enters his first season as head equipment manager for the Dubuque Fighting Saints. He joins the Saints after four seasons working at The Fuel Tank at Fishers.
While there, he was the lead equipment manager and repair services at the ice facility for the past three years, and was in charge of concessions and ice operations. He was no stranger behind the bench in Indiana, as head coach of a local high school team for the past four years as well.
Werner is a 2013 graduate of The Art Institute of Indianapolis, with a degree in Culinary Management.
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, 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.