by Matt Gajtka
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Bishop Kearney High School welcomes Alex Dawes to the BK Selects family as the program’s new Director of Hockey Administration.
Dawes, who has been a hockey operations professional since 2008-09, brings more than a decade of experience from the NCAA ranks — both women’s and men’s — as well as multiple stints with USA Hockey, highlighted by a video coaching role for the men’s national team at the 2022 Beijing Olympics.
“Alex brings a high level of experience, expertise and professionalism to BK,” said BK Selects VP of Hockey Paul Colontino. “He understands and knows what the end product is supposed to look like and consistently achieves the desired results.
“We are excited to have Alex as part of the BK staff, and share in his expertise and knowledge. He will most certainly be an integral part in the continued growth of the BK Selects hockey program.”
Prior to joining BK Selects, Dawes served nine seasons at Penn State University, most recently as the director of hockey operations for the men’s NCAA Division I team. Before that, he was an assistant coach and director of hockey ops for the PSU women’s team.
“I believe my experiences on the college and national team levels,” Dawes said, “will allow me to support but also elevate the BK programs to an even higher level.”
Alex is a 2012 graduate of Utica (N.Y.) College and a native of Utica, and his fiancée is currently working in Rochester, inspiring his move back to the Empire State.
Dawes said he sees a lot of the same qualities at BK Selects that made Penn State one of the biggest success stories in college hockey over the past decade.
“The reason BK was so attractive is that the folks working here, now and prior, have done a fantastic job laying a foundation and building really successful programs,” Dawes said.
“It reminds me of all the hard work that went into the Penn State programs, but I know from that experience that growth never stops.”
Dawes’ success in the video coaching realm, in particular, helped him catch the attention of USA Hockey as it prepared for international events over the past several years.
In addition to his Olympic assignment earlier last winter, Dawes was also selected as the video coach for Team USA at the 2019 and 2020 men’s World Junior Championships. He made his USA Hockey international debut in 2016 with the women’s U18 squad, which claimed gold at the International Ice Hockey Federation’s annual tournament.
On top of managing video for purposes of scouting and strategy, Dawes’ myriad duties at Penn State included day-to-day operations, game scheduling, road trip management, home game-day coordination and hockey technology.
Dawes began his hockey career as a freshman at the University of Vermont, aiding the Catamounts’ efforts as they made the men’s Frozen Four in 2009. From there, he transferred to Utica College and served as assistant coach and director of hockey operations for the men’s NCAA D-III team for four seasons.