Monday, July 18, 2011

Fargo Force hire John Marks as new head coach

The Fargo Force made a head coaching hire today, and it wasn't Stars head coach Chad Johnson.

Click here to read the article from Fargo-Moorhead Inforum reporter extraordinaire Ryan S. Clark.  Here's an excerpt from the link:

Sources have confirmed that John Marks, a former North Dakota assistant coach, will be named the Fargo Force junior hockey team’s next head coach at a 2 p.m. press conference.
He will replace Jason Herter, who left the Force to become an assistant at defending national champion Minnesota-Duluth. Should Marks be hired he will be the team’s fourth head coach in its four-year existence. He’ll also continue the string of Force coaches with ties to the University of North Dakota.
Marks, 63, is a native of Hamiota, Man., who spent nine seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks before getting into coaching. He was an assistant coach with former Force coach and current Nebraska-Omaha coach Dean Blais at UND under Gino Gasparini.
Marks was one of three front runners that was considered for the job. The others being Force assistant Byron Pool, who was the team’s interim head coach. Pool did apply for the job and will be in Fargo as an assistant this coming season.
The other name that was rumored for the job was Chad Johnson, the Lincolns Stars head coach and a former Force assistant. Johnson had been rumored to be the next Force head coach since April when the Force’s season ended in the second round against eventual Clark Cup champions, the Dubuque Fighting Saints.
In my opinion, this was a great hire by the Force.  John Marks has a very impressive resume, both as a player and a coach.  For now, we can put to rest all of the rumors of Chad Johnson leaving Lincoln to go back to Fargo.


lincolnfan said...

well this is good news, glad Chad Johnson will be sticking with the team. but good grief, still no schedule??

Yeti said...

I hear ya, lincolnfan. Every year this seems to happen. I think a lot of it has to do with certain USHL teams who reject the schedule after each draft. Teams want more games on the weekends, and less during the week. You can't make everyone happy. The league needs to put their foot down in this case.

Yeti said...

Sounds as if there might be another USHL head coaching vacancy soon. TC radio announcer Skip Berry is reporting that Green Bay Gamblers head coach Eric Rud will soon take the head coaching position at Western Michigan University.

Lots of turnover in this league!