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UMass Lowell names two new assistant coaches.

Lowell, MA– Jason Lammers and Cam Ellsworth have been named an assistant coaches with the UMass Lowell hockey program, announced first-year head coach Norm Bazin on Thursday.

Lammers brings over a decade of coaching experience to UMass Lowell, most recently spending the last two seasons with Colorado College. In addition, he has coached at Ohio State University, SUNY Geneseo, Princeton University, University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Clarkson University and Hobart College.

Ellsworth joins the River Hawks after three seasons as an assistant coach with the Sioux City Musketeers of the United States Hockey League. He also adds eight seasons of professional and collegiate experience as a goaltender for Michigan Technological University and several teams in the ECHL.

Together with Bazin, the trio will look to turn-around the River Hawks who struggled to a 5-25-4 record (4-21-2 in Hockey East) last year but can return as many as 24 players for the 2011-12 season.

Among the key returnees, leading scorer David Vallorani (Hamilton, Ont.) enters his senior season and assistant captain Riley Wetmore (Swanton, Vt.) looks to follow up a 30-point sophomore campaign.

Jason Lammers

“I have known Jason for a long time,” said Bazin of Lammers. “He has tremendous professionalism, a strong work ethic and is a very positive person. He is an experienced coach who brings his established hockey network to the staff. We welcome Jason and his family to Lowell.”

While at Colorado College, Lammers headed the recruiting effort that resulted in the 8th ranked recruiting class nationwide in 2010 and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2011. He also oversaw the team’s forwards and offense, including individual skill development, puck support and tactical adjustments.

“I’m excited to join the UMass Lowell staff and look forward to the challenge of revitalizing the program,” said Lammers of the opportunity. “The leadership qualities of coach Bazin are outstanding and I look forward to moving my family to the UMass Lowell community.”

“I’ve been fortunate to work with a lot of great coaches over my career; almost all of whom have been nominated for Coach of the Year, and was able to learn a lot from each one of them. The connections and relationships I’ve developed over the years have been strong and will help with the coaching and recruiting elements at UMass Lowell.”

Prior to joining the Tigers, Lammers spent three seasons at Ohio State that included an NCAA Tournament bid in 2009. In addition to his recruiting duties, he assisted in the operation of the team’s in-season youth hockey clinics and summer hockey schools.

A 1998 graduate of SUNY Geneseo, Lammers served as the head coach of his alma mater from 2005-06. In his only season behind the bench for the Knights, SUNY Geneseo compiled a 19-9-2 record, won the SUNYAC Tournament and appeared in the NCAA Tournament. He coached two All-SUNYAC players and four SUNYAC All-Tournament Team members.

In addition to overseeing the program and its staff, Lammers managed the Ira S. Wilson hockey rink while at SUNY Geneseo.

Lammers spent the two seasons previous to that working under Guy Gadowsky, current Penn State coach, at Princeton in 2004-05 and Alaska-Fairbanks in 2003-04. While with the Nanooks, he helped the team win the Governor’s Cup and recruited what was then the highest NHL draft pick in school history, Tyler Eckford, an All-American seventh round selection in the 2004 draft.

Lammers got his coaching start at Clarkson University as a volunteer assistant in 2000-01 and returned full-time in 2002-03, with a stint at Hobart College in between. While with the Golden Knights, he designed and implemented all team strength and conditioning programs and helped the club win the ECAC Regular Season Championship in 2000-01.

Throughout his career, Lammers has worked a number of summers with USA Hockey to coach its Select Festivals dating back to 2004.

Before entering coaching, Lammers spent three years playing professional hockey in the West Coast Hockey League with the Phoenix Mustangs and the Idaho Steelheads. In his final season, he helped the Mustangs capture the Taylor Cup Championship.

As a player for SUNY Geneseo, Lammers was the team captain as a senior in 1998 while earning SUNYAC All-Conference Second Team honors as a defenseman. He graduated with a B.A. in History while serving as a member of the Student Athletic Advisory Board and Phi Alpha Theta, an honorary history fraternity.

A native of Pittsburgh, Penn., he and his wife, Michelle, are the proud parents of a two-year-old son, Rhett, and a daughter, Bryn, born in April 2011.

Cam Ellsworth

Ellsworth joins UMass Lowell fresh off back-to-back winning seasons at Sioux City.

“We are excited to add Cam to our staff,” Bazin said. “His enthusiasm was evident throughout the interview process.”

“He will draw from his successful athletic career as he mentors our young goaltenders. His coaching experience was spent in one of the premier junior development leagues and he will be a strong addition to the organization.”

While coaching the Musketeers, Ellsworth assisted in all facets of recruiting, including scheduling the trips, player identification and calls. He also coordinated the team’s video analysis and travel itineraries.

“I’m thrilled for the opportunity to join a school with such great history,” said Ellsworth of UMass Lowell. “I’ll be working with two great guys and learning from them as we rebuild the program.”

“I hope to bring all my different experiences together to help each player individually as we build towards a large collective goal.”

Over the last three seasons, Ellsworth has recruited or coached 10 players drafted by the NHL and another 43 who committed to Division I hockey programs. Among the players he coached were former Merrimack College standout Stephane Da Costa and current UMass Lowell sophomore Joe Caveney (Fitchburg, Mass.), who both skated with Sioux City in 2008-09.

Prior to entering the realm of coaching, Ellsworth played for four teams over four seasons in the ECHL: Augusta Lynx, Greenville Grrrowl, Pensacola Ice Pilots and Stockton Thunder.

His best professional season came in 2006-07, backstopping the Thunder to its first playoff appearance in franchise history with 14-13-3 record, 2.62 goals against average and .907 save percentage.

Ellsworth graduated cum laude with a 3.56 grade point average from Michigan Tech with a B.S. in Business Administration in 2005. A four-year letter winner with the Huskies from 2001-05, Ellsworth was a three-time WCHA All-Academic Team member from 2003-05. He ranks as the program’s all-time leader in games played (117) and saves (3,510).

A native of Leamington, Ont., Ellsworth has been married for six years to his wife Julie.