The Fargo Force are making a major organizational change.
Following the lead of several other United States Hockey League teams, the Force will split up general manager and head coaching duties beginning next season.
Cary Eades has held both roles for the past four seasons. Eades will remain as the team's general manager and will add the additional title of president of hockey operations, but will give up his position as Fargo's head coach.
Grand Forks native Pierre-Paul Lamoureux will be named the new head coach. Lamoureux has been the team's associate head coach the past two seasons.
Fellow Grand Forks native Eli Rosendahl will be promoted to associate head coach. Rosendahl has been an assistant with the Force.
Eades has kicked around the idea of splitting the general manager and head coach role for a while and will now give greater responsibility to Lamoureux and Rosendahl, who along with Eades led the Force to the 2018 Clark Cup.
Fargo will join a growing number of USHL teams to follow this trend of hiring separate general managers and head coaches. The Lincoln Stars, Dubuque Fighting Saints, Chicago Steel, Muskegon Lumberjacks, Youngstown Phantoms and Des Moines Buccaneers all had separate general managers and head coaches last season.
Eades, who grew up in Burnaby, B.C., has had tremendous success in all of his roles in hockey.
He won two NCAA national championships as a player at UND in 1980 and 1982. He won an NCAA national championship as an assistant coach at UND in 1987, three Minnesota state boys high school hockey titles as a head coach at Warroad and two USHL Clark Cups -- one with Sioux Falls in 2015 and another with Fargo in 2018.
Eades, 57, has been in coaching since starting as a volunteer at UND in 1984, the year his playing career ended.
Lamoureux will be the sixth head coach in Force franchise history. All six -- Dean Blais, Steve Johnson, Jason Herter, John Marks, Eades and Lamoureux -- all have had deep ties to UND. Blais served as a UND assistant coach and head coach. Johnson and Herter played at UND. Marks and Eades both played and coached at UND.
Lamoureux graduated from UND and got his start in coaching as a student assistant under former UND coach Dave Hakstol. Lamoureux also has served as an amateur scout for the Calgary Flames and the associate coach of the Red Deer Rebels in the Western Hockey League, where he played for three seasons.
Lamoureux, 31, will become the youngest active head coach in the USHL. He's one month younger than Garrett Suter of Madison.
Rosendahl, 31, got his start in coaching as a volunteer goalie coach for the UND women's team. Eades hired Rosendahl in 2015.
Fargo Force head coaches
Dean Blais (2008-09)
Steve Johnson (2009-10)
Jason Herter (2010-11)
John Marks (2011-15)
Cary Eades (2015-19)
Pierre-Paul Lamoureux (2019-present)