New Spuds coach Ammerman learned from Morinville, among others

MOORHEAD - When Jon Ammerman played in the Moorhead youth hockey system, he admired varsity players like Matt Cullen and Jason Blake, who both made it to the NHL.

Jon Ammerman
Jon Ammerman, left, speaks about the tradition of Moorhead High School hockey with athletic director Dean Haugo during Tuesday's press conference announcing Ammerman as the Spuds' new head coach. David Samson / The Forum

MOORHEAD - When Jon Ammerman played in the Moorhead youth hockey system, he admired varsity players like Matt Cullen and Jason Blake, who both made it to the NHL.

Now, Ammerman will help set the example in the Spuds program.

Ammerman was introduced as the new head boys hockey coach at Moorhead High School in a Tuesday news conference.

"It was always my intention, wherever I ended up, to eventually to come back home," said the 26-year-old Ammerman. "There was really no timetable."

Ammerman spent the past two seasons as the head boys hockey coach in Windom, Minn. His teams there posted a 24-18-1 overall record.


"Those experiences ... were something that to me were very important in his progression to this point," said Moorhead athletic director Dean Haugo.

A 2005 Moorhead High graduate, Ammerman played in three Minnesota state hockey tournaments with the Spuds. After high school, he played one year in the USHL before a four-year college hockey career at St. Cloud State.

Ammerman earned All-WCHA academic honors while playing with the Huskies.

Haugo viewed the time Ammerman spent outside the Moorhead program as an asset.

That experience allows Ammerman to "bring a fresh perspective back and really see the program through a different set of eyes," Haugo said.

Ammerman said the coaches he worked with while in the Moorhead hockey program - coaches like Dave Morinville, Terry Cullen and Terry Shercliffe - played a key role in his development.

"Hopefully, that legacy lives on," Ammerman said.

Ammerman plans to have his teams play a style similar to Spuds teams of the past.


"Moorhead hockey has always been a skilled up-tempo type of style and a style that you play on your toes," he said. "I don't think I see anything changing with that."

Ammerman replaces Pete Cullen. Pete Cullen resigned June 26 after a complaint filed with district officials revealed a history of being investigated by police for domestic assault.

Ammerman, who also interviewed for the Spuds head job last spring, was one of four finalists this time around. Ammerman was hired last month to teach social studies at Moorhead High School.

"To have it all come full circle, it's an outstanding opportunity," Ammerman said. "For me to be able to come back home at a young age, I never thought that it would have happened this quick."

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Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.
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