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Ron Rolston is named USNTDP Under-18 coach



Ron Rolston

July 1, 2004

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- USA Hockey today announced that Ron Rolston (Fenton, Mich.) has been named U.S. National Development coach and will serve as head coach of the U.S. National Under-18 Team with the USA Hockey National Team Development Program (NTDP), based in Ann Arbor, Mich. He will take the place of former coach David Quinn (Boston, Mass.), who recently resigned to accept the associate head coaching position at his alma mater, Boston University. Rolston will work alongside fellow U.S. National Development Coach John Hynes (Ann Arbor, Mich.), who will serve as head coach of the U.S. National Under-17 Team.

The announcement was made by USA Hockey Executive Director Doug Palazzari (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Senior Director of Hockey Operations Jim Johannson (Colorado Springs, Colo.), and NTDP Director of Operations Scott Monaghan (Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.).

"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."

"We are thrilled to add one of the country's brightest young coaches to our staff at the USA Hockey National Team Development Program," said Johannson. "Ron has built an accomplished career at both the collegiate and international levels, and we look forward to his contributions while helping guide the maturation of America's best young players on and off the ice."

"Ron is a dynamic coach with a well-rounded background," said Monaghan. "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."

Having recently completed its seventh season of operation, the NTDP is designed to prepare student-athletes under the age of 18 for participation on U.S. National Teams and to develop their future hockey careers. Its efforts focus on high-caliber participation on the ice and creating well-rounded individuals off the ice.

Rolston has most recently been an assistant coach with the men's ice hockey team at Boston College, where he began in June 2002. Prior to his appointment at Boston College, Rolston spent three years as an assistant coach at Harvard University. Rolston was Harvard's top assistant coach from 1999-2002. In that position, he coordinated the team's recruiting efforts, directed the penalty kill, worked with the defensemen and oversaw the players' strength and conditioning program.

Rolston, who has extensive experience with USA Hockey, served as assistant coach for the 2003 U.S. National Junior Team that advanced to the bronze-medal game at the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Halifax and Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Prior to joining the Harvard staff, Rolston spent three years at Clarkson University (1996-99) and five years at Lake Superior State University (1990-95). During his tenure to Clarkson, Rolston helped lead the Golden Knights to two ECAC regular-season titles and three NCAA Tournament berths.

At Lake Superior State, Rolston was a member of the coaching staff that guided the Lakers to five consecutive NCAA Tournament berths, including two national championships (1992 and 1994). Lake Superior State also captured four CCHA Tournament titles in Rolston's five-year stint. Rolston served his first four years with the Lakers as assistant coach, before being elevated to associate head coach for the 1994-95 season.

A native of Fenton, Mich., Rolston is a 1990 graduate of Michigan Technological University. He was a three-year hockey letterman (1986-89) with the Huskies, serving as an assistant captain during his senior season. Rolston was the co-recipient of the 1986-87 Norbert Matovich Memorial Award as Michigan Tech's Most Outstanding Freshman.

Rolston is the brother of Boston Bruins standout and former Laker Brian Rolston.



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