- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 13, 2014

WILLISTON, N.D. (AP) - Williston State College has hired a new head coach for its hockey program, which has won back-to-back national junior championships.

John Bowkus has been working as hockey director and head coach at the Mid-Michigan Youth Hockey Association. He also owns Superior Skills Stickhandling Hockey Schools.

Bowkus will start his new duties Monday. He succeeds Seamus Gregory, who resigned from Williston State in early June to take the head coaching position at Northland, an NCAA Division III school in Wisconsin. Williston State competes in the National Junior College Athletic Association.

“I’m thankful to Williston State College for the opportunity to build on the winning tradition that Coach Gregory has set in motion,” Bowkus said in a statement released Tuesday.

Bowkus has coached at every youth level up to junior hockey, along with conducting hockey clinics and private lessons, according to Williston State Athletic Director Dan Artamenko.

“With over 20-plus years of coaching experience and a passion for the game, John will certainly be successful here at Williston State,” Artamenko said.

Bowkus is only the second coach in the history of the Tetons program, which was started just three years ago.