M Hockey Coaching Staff
Matt Shaw
Assistant Coach
Coach Info:
Position: Assistant Coach
Hometown: Seattle, Wash.
Alma Mater: Colorado College

Now in his third 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 and also oversees the team’s defense corps, possesses more than 20 years of coaching experience, including stints with three different National Hockey League franchises.

He made an immediate impact during UND’s 2015-16 NCAA championship season -- his first in Grand Forks -- by 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 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 junior defenseman for the Fighting Hawks.