Dawes was named the head coach of the inaugural men's ice hockey team in August 2015. The Mustangs will begin intercollegiate play in 2016-17.
Dawes comes from Neumann University where he spent seven seasons as the head coach, compiling a 107-62-25 record, making him the winningest coach in the program's history.
During his time with the Knights, Dawes led Neumann to the postseason in all seven seasons while claiming the 2009 NCAA Division III National Title in his first season and two ECAC West Conference Championships. Dawes became just the second head coach to win a national championship as both a player and a coach. In six out of the seven seasons, Neumann finished over the .500 mark.
The 2009 AHCA Men's Division III Coach of the Year, Dawes has mentored 24 ECAC West All-Conference players. In five of the seven seasons under Dawes, the Knights were ranked in either the D3hockey.com Top 15 Poll or USCHO.com Top 15 Poll.
Prior to Neumann, Dawes served as an assistant coach at Hamilton College for two seasons.
A 2004 graduate of Norwich University, Dawes was a forward and defenseman for the Cadets and played in three National Frozen Fours, winning the National Championship in 2003. Following college, Dawes played two seasons of professional hockey for the Macon Trax and Florida Seals, making it to the Southern Professional Hockey League Finals in both seasons.
Dawes, a native of Utica, N.Y., and his wife Katherine are the proud parents of three-year-old twins, Lily and Dom and son Paxton who was born on March 14.