OGDEN -- The Ogden Mustangs Junior A hockey team has announced the signing of new head coach and director of hockey operations Jake Laime to a two-year contract.
Laime will replace interim head coach Joe Pfleegor. After a successful stint with the Mustangs, Pfleegor has accepted a position as the volunteer head coach of the Weber State University club hockey team.
Laime comes to Ogden from the Florida Junior Everblades in the Empire Junior Hockey League. There he acted as associate head coach and assistant general manager compiling a 78-14-13-1 record, including back-to-back national championship berths.
During the 08-09 season, Laime acted as the assistant coach for the Junior B national champion Suffolk Juniors.
Prior to coaching, Laime spent two years playing professionally in the United Hockey League with three teams (Muskegon Fury, Flint Generals and Port Huron Flags). He also spent time in the Southern Professional Hockey League working with the Jacksonville Barracudas and PeeDee Cyclones.
"We are thrilled to welcome Jake to Ogden," said Mustangs owner Lori Miller. "With his experience and knowledge of the game, we feel he is the perfect fit for our organization."
Laime will inherit a team that experienced its share of ups and downs in its first season. Starting with a disappointing 3-17-1 record under then coach Devin Firl, Mustangs management parted ways with the first-year head coach, replacing him with Pfleegor on an interim basis.
The change had an immediate impact, as the Mustangs finished the season with a 10-12-2 record under Pfleegor, qualifying for a playoff spot.
"We are very grateful to Joe and his efforts last season," Miller said. "We wish him all the best moving forward."
Laime will take over the position immediately in preparation for the team's summer training camps and community obligations.
"I'm very grateful for this opportunity." said Laime "The Mustangs are a great organization in a great community; I'm excited to get to work and continue to build on last year's success."