|Alma Mater:||Colorado College|
Now in his second year on the North Dakota staff, assistant coach Matt Shaw boasts a diverse coaching background at the professional, collegiate and junior levels.
Shaw, who coaches UND's power play, possesses more than 20 years of coaching experience, including stints with three different National Hockey League franchises. He made an immediate impact last season, mentoring a power-play unit that ranked second in the NCHC (19.1 percent) overall and clicked at over 28 percent during the postseason.
Shaw also oversees the team's defensemen, who ranked fourth nationally last season with 121 points.
“We are extremely pleased to have Matt join our staff at North Dakota,” said UND head coach Brad Berry after announcing Shaw's hiring. “His vast coaching experience throughout professional, college and junior hockey will greatly benefit our players and our program. His coaching success throughout his career is due to his attention to detail, work ethic, and great knowledge of the game. Matt’s communication skills and ability to develop young players make him a perfect fit for our family here at UND.”
Shaw came to Grand Forks after having spent the previous two seasons as head coach and general manager of the United States Hockey League’s (USHL) Dubuque Fighting Saints, with whom he amassed a two-year record of 69-42-0-9 (.613).
Prior to his time in Dubuque, Shaw was an assistant coach with the NHL’s New Jersey Devils (2012-13), San Jose Sharks (2009-12) and Minnesota Wild (2007-09). While with the Sharks, Shaw’s power play ranked among the top four in the NHL in each of his three seasons, ranking second in both 2010-11 and 2011-12 and fourth in 2009-10. It was the NHL’s only power play to be ranked in the top four in all three of those years.
Shaw’s coaching background also include stops in the American Hockey League, International Hockey League, United Hockey League, East Coast Hockey League and Colonial Hockey League. A collegiate defenseman himself, Shaw played three seasons at United States International University (1985-88) and one season at Colorado College (1988-89). He graduated from Colorado College with a bachelor’s degree in economics.
Originally from Seattle, Shaw’s family includes wife Carolyn, daughter Clare, and son Hayden, a sophomore defenseman for the Fighting Hawks.