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Lance Knudson named head coach for girls hockey

Almost a month later, Activities Director Guy Fridely announced on his Twitter account on May 12 that their search was over with the appointment of Dickinson Middle School math teacher Lance Knudson as the new coach.

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Lance Knudson is the newly appointed Dickinson High School Girl's Hockey Head Coach. (Photo courtesy of Lance Knudson)

With the April 13 departure of Dickinson Girl’s Hockey Head Coach Al Takle, it left a big question for the Dickinson hockey community as to who would replace the shoes he filled for eight years.

Almost a month later, Activities Director Guy Fridely announced on his Twitter account on May 12 that their search was over with the appointment of Dickinson Middle School math teacher Lance Knudson as the new coach.

“I am really grateful,” Knudson said. “Dallas Kuntz, the hockey director, and Guy Fridley, the activities director, have shown confidence in me and I am looking forward to working with both of them and things going in the right direction.”

Knudson, 26, is originally from Crosby, N.D., which is approximately 70 miles northeast of Williston. Excited to bring the culture of hockey to youth in Dickinson, Knudson found his love of the game at an early age, playing youth hockey up until high school graduation. He followed that with three years of junior hockey. Then he played four years of college hockey that concluded during his senior year at the University of Mary in Bismarck.

“One of the biggest things I like about coaching kids is to create a culture and to work with those kids on and off the ice,” Knudson said. “Promoting hockey when they are eight, nine and 10 is an important part of promoting a good hockey program... I am looking forward to working with the 12-youth and 14-youth coaches and to get a plan together so these girls can develop properly and set them up for success when they get to high school.”

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Recently married and fairly new to the community, Knudson and his wife, Kori, who is a physical therapist at RehabVisions, look forward to immersing themselves with this position being a benefit to that goal.

“We are fresh in Dickinson but we have enjoyed it so far, and are excited to get to know more people through this,” Knudson said. “I grew up in a super small town of 1,000 people and Dickinson is quite bigger than that, but still has some small town qualities. Both me and my wife have enjoyed it, especially being right next to the Badlands.”

Last year, Knudson got his first experience as a head coach, coaching the Dickinson Pee-Wee team and for the past three summers he has put on hockey camps in his hometown during the summer and will continue that again this year.

“I want to bring high level energy and to bring a mentality that we are here to have fun and get better everyday,” Knudson said. “Hockey is unique because of its tight-knit community in general… It is a cool environment; having hockey in common with someone or a group of people, you are likely to see that person for the rest of your life.”

With plenty of time before the season kicks off in the fall, Knudson will be able to plan his season and connect with his predecessor Takle to gain some words of wisdom, having a rich history with the program.

“I am excited to meet the girls, work with the other coaches and get things going,” he added.

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Josiah C. Cuellar was born in San Angelo, Texas, a small rural community in the western part of the state known for its farming, ranching and beautiful Concho River. A Texas A&M San Antonio graduate specializing in multi-media reporting, Cuellar is an award winning photographer and reporter whose work focuses on community news and sports.
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