Ron Rolston, who recently was considered a finalist for the vacant Harvard head coaching job, has accepted the position as head coach of the U.S. National Development program and its Under-18 team. He replaces David Quinn, who recently went back to his alma mater, Boston University, as an assistant coach.
“I’m very excited about the opportunity to join USA Hockey and the National Team Development Program, which I’ve watched grow to achieve such tremendous results over the years,” said Rolston. “I also look forward to being a part of this dedicated staff and further expanding my coaching experience by helping top young players achieve their dreams and hopefully one day represent the United States in events such as the Olympics and World Cup of Hockey.”
Said NTDP Director of Operations Scott Monaghan, “Ron is a dynamic coach with a well-rounded background. He has great experience in all facets of the game, and in working with some of the most talented players in the United States. He is a tremendous addition for our staff and everyone at the USA Hockey NTDP looks forward to working with him.”
Rolston was an assistant under Jerry York at Boston College for the last two seasons. Previously, Rolston was an assistant at Harvard for three years, Clarkson for three years and Lake Superior State for five years (1990-95). In 2003, he was a finalist for the head coaching job at his alma mater, Michigan Tech.
Rolston also served as assistant coach for the 2003 U.S. National Junior Team that placed fourth at the World Junior Championship.
A native of Fenton, Mich., Rolston is a 1990 graduate of Michigan Tech. He was a three-year hockey letterman (1986-89) with the Huskies, serving as an assistant captain during his senior season.