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College men's hockey: UWS coach Stauber resigns

Wisconsin-Superior men's hockey coach Dan Stauber has stepped down from his coaching position, the school announced this afternoon. Stauber is the school's all-time hockey wins leader, with a 258-148-58 record in 16 seasons, including an NCAA Div...

Wisconsin-Superior men’s hockey coach Dan Stauber has stepped down from his coaching position, the school announced this afternoon.

Stauber is the school’s all-time hockey wins leader, with a 258-148-58 record in 16 seasons, including an NCAA Division III championship in 2002, but the program has struggled in recent years. The Yellowjackets finished 9-15-3 this winter for their fourth straight losing season.

Stauber, a Duluth Denfeld graduate, played at UWS from 1984-88.

“I would like to thank Dan for his commitment to our university and the Yellowjacket men’s hockey program over the past sixteen years,” Chancellor Renee Wachter said in a news release. “Under his leadership, the men’s hockey program has experienced the success of a national championship and has consistently carried out the proud traditions of Wisconsin-Superior hockey. The men’s hockey program is clearly an important program to our campus and our entire community. We will immediately begin searching for a new coach who will continue that long-standing tradition of excellence on and off the ice, and lead an exciting new era of Yellowjacket hockey.”

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Jon Nowacki joined the News Tribune in August 1998 as a sports reporter. He grew up in Stephen, Minnesota, in the northwest corner of the state, where he was actively involved in school and sports and was a proud member of the Tigers’ 1992 state championship nine-man football team.

After graduating in 1993, Nowacki majored in print journalism at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, serving as editor of the college paper, “The Aquin,” and graduating with honors in December 1997. He worked with the Associated Press during the “tobacco trial” of 1998, leading to the industry’s historic $206 billion settlement, before moving to Duluth.

Nowacki started as a prep reporter for the News Tribune before moving onto the college ranks, with an emphasis on Minnesota Duluth football, including coverage of the Bulldogs’ NCAA Division II championships in 2008 and 2010.

Nowacki continues to focus on college sports while filling in as a backup on preps, especially at tournament time. He covers the Duluth Huskies baseball team and auto racing in the summer. When time allows, he also writes an offbeat and lighthearted food column entitled “The Taco Stand,” a reference to the “Taco Jon” nickname given to him by his older brother when he was a teenager that stuck with him through college. He has a teenage daughter, Emma.

Nowacki can be reached at jnowacki@duluthnews.com or (218) 380-7027. Follow him on Twitter @TacoJon1.
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