GRAND FORKS — In a span of nine months, the Red River boys hockey team has had four different people at head coach.

Last February, Bill Chase was placed on administrative leave and later resigned his position due to conduct unbecoming of a head coach, according to Grand Forks Public Schools administration.

John Dvorak took over as interim head coach through the remainder of the season.

In April, the school announced Ryan LaDouceur as new head coach, but before the team could meet with him for the first time, he left to take a non-coaching role with the University of North Dakota hockey program.

"It's tough to battle through the adversity, but we're getting through it, we're kind of used to it after the whole debacle last season," said senior defenseman Connor Arel.

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"That's where you senior leaders come in and they kind of take control until you hear what happens," said senior Logan Huus.

Still in need of a coach, school officials turned to Mike LaMoine, former UND hockey player and principal at J. Nelson Kelly Elementary School in Grand Forks.

"I think we walked in, introduced each other, and I think we all had the same belief that it's time to get to work, the season's right around the corner," LaMoine said.

He's signed on for one year while a new full-time coach is found. For now, the team has it's leader and are focused on improving on lat year's sixth place finish at state.

"Not worrying about the whole coaching situation, just worrying about what we can do," Arel said. "You come and play high school hockey you want to win a state championship, that's the end goal."