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Graham joins UWS men's hockey staff

University of Wisconsin-Superior assistant women's hockey coach Rodney Graham has resigned his position after accepting the same position with the men's team.

University of Wisconsin-Superior assistant women's hockey coach Rodney Graham has resigned his position after accepting the same position with the men's team.

"I enjoyed my time with the women's program and will miss the team," Graham said. "I'm looking for a new challenge and feel that working with the men's team will provide that."

"I have known Rodney for a long time and am very happy he will be joining our team," UWS men's hockey coach Dan Stauber said. "He brings a wealth of knowledge of the game and he will be missed by the women's program."

Graham, a native of Fairbanks, Alaska, spent the past four seasons working under UWS women's coach Dan Laughlin, helping the team to a record of 67-35-7 (.647). He also helped the Yellowjackets to two regular season NCHA championships (2004 and 2007) and the program's first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2006. Graham has also served as a director for local hockey camps and has coached amateur hockey for over 10 years.

Graham played hockey for the 'Jackets from 1993-97 and helped the team to the NCAA Final Four each season while serving as assistant captain. He currently ranks second in games played (129) and is tied for 10th in assists (83). He also ranks 22nd with 116 points (33 goals, 83 assists).

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Graham resides in Superior with his wife, Shannon, and his two daughters, Kayleigh and Madelyn.

Current men's assistant coach Chris Bell will remain with the men's team on a volunteer basis.

Ian Marks is sports information director at UWS.

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