Bowdoin College didn’t have to look very far to find its new men’s ice hockey coach.

Jamie Dumont, an assistant coach for the Polar Bears since 2011, was named to the position Wednesday, replacing Terry Meagher, who retired this year after 33 years and 542 victories.

Dumont, 42, is the ninth coach in the school’s 93-year-history and only the third since 1959.

Dumont, a Lewiston native, is a 1998 graduate of Oswego State University of New York. He has had two stints as an assistant with the Polar Bears, the first from 2001-05. Since he returned in 2011, Bowdoin has won 83 games and two New England Small College Athletic Conference. Between his first and second stint as a Bowdoin assistant, Dumont coached in Europe, the American Junior Hockey League and at Bowling Green.

“I am honored and humbled to follow Terry Meagher and Sid Watson as head coach of the Bowdoin men’s ice hockey program,” Dumont said in a press release. “Since the moment I stepped foot on campus in 2001 I have known Bowdoin to be a uniquely special place.”

“It is clear that Jamie has a deep, personal knowledge of, and appreciation for, the tradition in our program,” said Tim Ryan, the Bowdoin athletic director. “He will bring his tireless support of our student-athletes in every aspect of their experience to his new role at the college.”

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