Boston University coach David Quinn has been named head coach of the 2019 U.S. National Junior Team.
Team USA will take part in the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship Dec. 26, 2018 to Jan. 5, 2019, in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia.
Joining Quinn behind the bench will be assistant coaches Mike Hastings (Minnesota State), David Lassonde (Dartmouth) and Steve Miller (Ohio State).
“We’re thrilled to have David leading our national junior team,” said USA Hockey executive director Pat Kelleher in a statement. “He knows the international stage and our player pool extremely well and has been a big part of our program for a long time. We know that David and our outstanding group of assistant coaches will do a tremendous job with our team.”
Quinn, while making his debut as a head coach for Team USA at an IIHF event, has been part of the coaching staff of seven previous U.S. teams in IIHF world championship play.
“It is always an honor to represent our country, and I’m particularly excited to be asked to serve as head coach in what is considered one of the greatest hockey tournaments,” added Quinn. “The United States has medaled in this tournament three straight years, which is a real testament to the growth and depth of talent across the country. We have a great coaching staff put together and we have one goal, and that is to win the gold medal.”
Last year, Team USA finished third under then-St. Cloud State (now Minnesota) coach Bob Motzko and won the event in 2017, also under Motzko. In 2016, the U.S. took silver under Ron Wilson.