Ex-UNH goalie Ayers new goalie coach at U.S. NTDP

Former New Hampshire goaltender Mike Ayers has been named goaltending coach at USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich., and will also serve as coordinator of the organization’s Warren Strelow National Goaltending Mentor Program.

“Mike brings the passion and knowledge to not only help mold our nation’s best goaltenders, but to also encourage more young athletes to try the position,” said USA Hockey executive director Jim Johannson in a press release. “He’ll be a terrific addition to our staff.”

Ayers spent the last two seasons as the goaltending coach at St. Cloud State and pior to the 2009-10 campaign, served as goaltending coach for the Iowa Chops, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Anaheim Ducks.

The Hingham, Mass., native appeared in 102 games and compiled a 58-25-12 record at UNH from 2000-2004. He was named USA Hockey’s College Player of the Year in 2003.

Ayers replaces Joe Exter, who left to become an assistant coach at Ohio State after four seasons with the NTDP.