Fargo Force head coach Pierre-Paul Lamoureux will not be returning to coach the Force next season, the team announced Friday, July 16, in a news release.

Associate head coach Chad Demers will also not be back.

Lamoureux and the Force are fresh off a Western Conference championship season. Chicago defeated the Force in four games to win the United States Hockey League's Clark Cup.

The release stated Lamoureux is "pursuing many opportunities in and out of hockey." Demers is taking a position with his alma mater, Air Force Academy.

"Obviously we are disappointed to be losing two great coaches that have done an outstanding job for us," Force general manager Cary Eades said in the release. "However, the USHL is a developmental league, not only for players, but for coaches as well."

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Lamoureux has been involved with the Force in several capacities for five of the past six seasons. Prior to being the team's head coach for the previous two seasons, he served as an assistant coach, director of scouting and associate head coach.

In Lamoureux's two seasons at the helm, the Force won 62 games. Over his five seasons with the team, the Force won more playoff games than any other team in the USHL. As associate head coach, he helped the Force to their first Clark Cup championship in 2018.

"At this time, I want to commit to spending more time with my family," Lamoureux said in the release. "I will take this year to invest time with the ones I love. Being a teacher and role model for the young men I coach is very important to me. I love the game of hockey and I plan to be around the game. I am excited to watch this group of players grow from afar and will continue attending games with my wife and daughter."

Demers has been part of Fargo's coaching staff for the past three seasons and played for the Force from 2008-2011. Demers is slated to be the director of hockey operations at Air Force.

"On behalf of the Force organization, we’d like to thank Pierre and Chad for their dedication and commitment to excellence, as well as wishing them all the best in their professional futures," Force team president Jon Kram said in the release.

Editor's Note: The Lamoureux family, headed by Pierre-Paul, ran hockey camps at Kent Freeman Arena prior to COVID.