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Joel Johnson stays

Joel Johnson stays

Golden coach continues with Team USA

Published 24.11.2016 17:20 GMT+1 | Author USA Hockey
Joel Johnson stays
USA head coach Joel Johnson (in the middle) with assistant coach Katie Lachapelle and Cayla Barnes, one of the players eligible to return for the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship. Photo: Francois Laplante / HHOF-IIHF Images
Joel Johnson, associate head coach at the University of Minnesota, will continue as head coach of the U.S. Women's National U18 Team for the 2016/17 season.

“Joel has played a significant role in our success over the last few seasons and will once again guide the development of our players,” said Reagan Carey, director of women’s hockey at USA Hockey. “We look forward to his continued contributions and helping our players reach their fullest potential."

Johnson will lead the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team at the 2016 Women's Under-18 Series against Canada in Calgary, Alberta, 18-21 August, and at the 2017 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women's World Championship in Prerov and Zlin, Czch Republic, 7-14 January 2017.

Johnson is serving as head coach of the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team for the third consecutive season after leading Team USA to the gold medal at both the 2015 and 2016 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women's World Championships. Johnson has additional experience with USA Hockey as a member of the coaching staff for the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women's World Championship and a pair of Women's Under-18 Series (2013-14). He has also served as a coach at various U.S. Women's Select Festivals.

"It's been a pleasure serving as the head coach of the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team the last few seasons and having the kind of growth and success that we'll look to duplicate moving forward," said Johnson. "I thoroughly enjoy working with our young players and look forward to representing USA Hockey for the upcoming season."

Johnson completed his 11th season as an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota in 2015-16, helping the women’s hockey team capture the national championship for the second consecutive season in its fifth-straight appearance in the championship game.

During two stints, Johnson has been a part of six national titles (2000, 2004, 2012/13, 2015/16) with the Golden Gophers. He originally served as an assistant coach from 1999-2004 and returned to the University of Minnesota in the same capacity in 2010-11 after a six-year hiatus.

Johnson also spent six seasons coaching at Bethel University from 2004-10, including three years as the men's hockey head coach. Along with his men's hockey responsibilities, he was also the men's and women's golf coach and prior to that was the soccer coach where he earned MIAC Coach of the Year honours.

 

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