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The Toledo Walleye named Derek Lalonde as the team's new head coach. Walleye President Joe Napoli introduced Lalonde during a press conference at the Huntington Center in downtown Toledo.

"We are extremely pleased to have Derek on our team," Napoli said. "He was the one who stood out during a very rigorous interviewing process of quality candidates."

Lalonde came from the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League where he has been head coach and general manager since 2011.

Lalonde says he wants to build great things in Toledo, build a culture of success.

"My whole coaching career has been about player development, and in the ECHL there has to be a balance between player development and winning. That's why I think I'm a good fit for Toledo and Toledo is a good fit for me," Lalonde said.

Under his leadership in Green Bay, the team compiled a record of 111-54-14, guiding the team to both regular season and playoff championships in 2011-12, and was USHL Coach of the Year in 2012. He was also head coach of Team USA's U19 National Team which captured gold at the World Junior A Challenge in November of 2013.

Lalonde's coaching experience includes being assistant coach at the University of Denver (2006-2011), Ferris State University (2002-2006), Hamilton College (2000-2002), Lebanon Valley College (1998-2000), and Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (1995-1998). He played collegiate hockey at Cortland State University in Cortland, New York from 1991-1995 as a goaltender.

He is married to Melissa and they have two sons, Alex (8), Luke (5) and a daughter, Abby (3).

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