From a Beaver to a Tauro
Monday, 12.30.2013 / 12:20 pm / MSU Staff
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Nigel Dube has once again taken on a leadership role in the Magic City.
Minot, N.D. – A former Beaver is back in the Maysa Arena but this time behind the bench as a Tauro. Former captain for the Minot State Beavers coached his first game as an assistant coach for the Minot Minotauros (commonly known as the Tauros) over the weekend.
“I’m just getting familiar with what’s going on [within the program],” Dube said, “and getting to know the guys.”
Dube graduated from Minot State University last spring for Physical Education and Coaching but headed back to Canada to complete his student teaching. In addition to fulfilling his student teaching requirements, he was also coaching a U-16 team and interning for a hockey academy.
“I couldn’t be more happier for Nigel,” said Beaver Hockey head coach Wade Regier. “He was an important part of our program and to see him move on to the next level is tremendous.”
With guidance from Minot State’s head coach and the ACHA 2013 Coach of the Year Wade Regier, Dube took on the role of captain, fitness coach, and community outreach leader for the Beaver Hockey program last year.
“He has the leadership and the passion to be a hockey coach,” Regier said. “It was these tools that I allowed him to take over all of our strength and conditioning last year.”
Dube’s outstanding leadership abilities ultimately led the Beavers to clinch the Murdoch Cup in the ACHA men’s DI national championship. In addition, he was a solid, physical defenseman on the ice.
“I look forward to seeing him at the rink again,” Regier said.
During Dube’s time at MSU, he implemented many community outreach programs, and saw a tremendous response from the community in return. Dube wants to continue giving back to community that treated him so well in his four years as a student-athlete for Minot State.
“I want to reconnect with the community and get the guys involved,” Dube said of his plans with the Tauros. The Minot Minotauros compete at the junior level in the NAHL. Head coach Marty Murray was the deciding factor for Dube’s decision to further his coaching career in Minot.
“He’s a great person and a great family man,” Dube said. “We spent the summer a few years back working side by side and had a great working relationship.”
Murray has an impressive resume as a player, playing oversees and 261 games in the NHL. Murray decided to transition his hockey talent to coaching last year in his first season with the Tauros.
Dube wants to help the Tauros in their overall success and gain a solid base for his coaching career under Murray.
“[Murray] has a huge hockey background,” Dube said, “and will be great for me to learn from.
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