COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Boston University’s David Quinn has been named head coach of the 2019 U.S. National Junior Team, it was announced today by USA Hockey, which will compete at the World Junior Championship Dec. 26-Jan. 5 in Vancouver.
Joining Quinn behind the bench as assistant coaches will be Minnesota State head coach Mike Hastings, Dartmouth assistant coach David Lassonde and Ohio State assistant coach Steve Miller.
“He knows the international stage and our player pool extremely well and has been a big part of our program for a long time,” Pat Kelleher, executive director of USA Hockey, said. “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,” said 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.”
A defenseman on the 1986 U.S. WJC team that claimed the country’s first-ever medal in the tournament (bronze), Quinn previously served as an assistant coach for the 2005 team. He also filled the same capacity for a pair of silver medal-winning U.S. Women’s National Teams (1999, 2000), three U.S. Men’s National Teams (2007, 2012, 2016) and the 2003 U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team.
Additionally, Quinn spent two seasons (2002-04) as a head coach for USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program. During his tenure at the NTDP, he led the U.S. to first-place finishes at the 2002 Four Nations Tournament in Ann Arbor, Mich.; the 2003 Four Nations Cup in Magnitogorsk, Russia; and the 2004 Vlad Dzurilla Four Nations Tournament in Piestany, Slovakia. For his accomplishments, he was recognized as the 2003 USA Hockey Development Coach of the Year.
Quinn has led the Terriers to four straight appearances in the NCAA tournament (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018), a pair of Hockey East tournament titles, a Beanpot championship and a NCAA national championship game berth.
Quinn returned to Boston University after professional coaching stints with the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche (2012-13) and American Hockey League’s Lake Erie Monsters (2009-12). As a head coach in Lake Erie, Quinn guided the Monsters to their first-ever playoff berth in 2010-11. In between the NTDP and Lake Erie, he spent five seasons (2004-09) as the associate head coach at Boston University, where he helped the Terriers win the 2009 NCAA national championship. Quinn’s other collegiate coaching positions have been at Northeastern (1995-96) and Nebraska-Omaha (1996-2002).
Selected in the first round (13th overall) by the Minnesota North Stars in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft, Quinn’s playing career ended prematurely after he was diagnosed with a blood disorder called Christmas Disease. Prior to his career ending, Quinn was an All-Hockey East and All-New England defenseman as well as co-captain during his senior year in 1987-88 for head coach Jack Parker at Boston University.