July 15, 2003
Dayton, Ohio – Former Notre Dame hockey standout Jamie Ling (Charlottetown, PEI), a 1996 graduate, has been named the head coach of the East Coast Hockey League’s (ECHL) Dayton Bombers. Ling, who played five seasons for the Bombers (1998-2003), was the team’s player/assistant coach in 2002-03. He is the fifth head coach in the team’s history and will begin his job immediately.
In making the announcement, Tim Reilly, a 1986 Notre Dame graduate and Dayton’s team president said, “Jamie’s knowledge of the game, competitive fire and his natural progression toward a head coaching position, makes him the best choice to lead the Bombers in this new era. His commitment to the Bombers and the Dayton community is obvious as is his understanding of the ECHL and its status as a true developmental league.”
Ling said, “I have always said that I would stop playing when it wasn’t fun, my body said it had enough, or if something else was too good to pass up. My knowledge of the ECHL and the city of Dayton will allow me to help the Bombers to be successful both on and off the ice.”
During his four seasons at Notre Dame (1992-96), Ling led the Irish in scoring all four years and finished 13th on Notre Dame’s all-time scoring list with 51 goals and 102 assists for 153 career points in 142 career games. His 102 career assists rank him eighth on the team’s all-time assist list. He was selected to the CCHA’s all-rookie team in 1992-93 after recording 14 goals and 26 assists for 40 points in 38 games played.
He finished his Bombers playing career ranked first in goals (132), short-handed goals (17), game-winning goals (23) and first goals (22). He was second on Dayton’s all-time list for career games played (343), assists (251), points (383) and power-play goals (42). In his five seasons in Dayton, Ling was a three-time winner (1999-2001) of the ECHL’s Sportsmanship Award and was a two-time ECHL All-Star. He began his professional career in 1996-97 with the ECHL’s Mobile Mysticks and spent time in both the American Hockey League (AHL) and the now-defunct International Hockey League (IHL).