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No sport is without its fair share of coaching staff turnover, including college hockey. And while this past hockey season may not have been up to par for Penn State, one assistant is ready to take everything he has learned with the program and take that with him to a new location.
It was reported on Thursday that assistant coach Matt Lindsay is leaving Penn State for a chance to join the UMass program.
Matt Lindsay leaving Penn State coaching staff to join UMass', replacing Ben Barr, who was named Maine head coach recently.
— College Hockey News (@chnews) May 20, 2021
— UMass Hockey (@UMassHockey) May 20, 2021
Lindsay was an assistant at Penn State for 10 years under coach Guy Gadowsky. During that time, Penn State won the Big Ten championship in 2017 and the Big Ten Regular Season in 2019-20. A shot at a conference tournament championship was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic that swept across with shutdowns across the sports world.
Matt Lindsay released a statement to the Penn State fans to express his gratitude for the time in Happy Valley, or rather Hockey Valley.
I am grateful for all I have experienced working for Guy Gadowsky and couldn’t be more proud of everything we accomplished in #HockeyValley during the past 10 yrs. I am excited to return to Western Mass and begin a new chapter with Coach Carvel and the #NewMass program! pic.twitter.com/nkO8NUkRyJ
— Matt Lindsay (@mjlindsay01) May 21, 2021
Head Coach Guy Gadowsky would say the following about Matt Lindsay
“On behalf of everyone involved with the hockey program here at Penn State we wish the absolute best to Matt, his wife CC and their daughter Josephine and are excited to watch his continued growth as a hockey coach during this next step in his career.”
Now the question is who will fill Matt Lindsay’s spot on the bench with Guy Gadowsky.