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Ex-Union player Varady named coach/GM of USHL's Sioux City Musketeers

Former Union hockey player Jay Varady has been named the new coach and general manager of the U.S. Hockey League's Sioux City Musketeers.

Varady replaces Brett Larson, who was named associated head coach at Ohio State.

"I am excited about the opportunity to return to the USHL, it is a great league with a long history of developing players," Varady said in a statement. "We are looking to continue the tradition of great hockey in Sioux City. Our staff will work every day to build a team that the fan base can be proud of, while providing our players with the opportunity to reach their goals."

Varady spent the last two seasons coaching in France with Les Ducs d'Angers. The team compiled a 55-14-6, and won the regular-season title last season.

Prior to that, Varady spent five seasons as assistant/associate head coach of the Western Hockey League's Everett Silvertips.

Varady played three seasons for Union (1997-2000) before a neck injury ended his career. He spent his senior season as a volunteer assistant coach.

Varady was the video coordinator for the U.S. Junior team that won the gold medal in the 2010 World Junior Championships.

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