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U.S. National Inline Team Head Coach, Staff Unveiled

05/12/2014, 5:30am MDT
By USAHockey.com

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Joe Cook (Mission Viejo, Calif.) has been named head coach of the 2014 U.S. National Inline Team that will compete in the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation Inline Hockey World Championship June 1-7 in Pardubice, Czech Republic, it was announced today by USA Hockey

Cook will be serving as head coach of the U.S. National Inline Team for the fifth time. A former U.S. National Inline Team member, he has helped guide the squad to three medals, including the gold medal at the 2013 IIHF Inline Hockey World Championship. Additionally, Cook led the 1998 team to a silver medal and the 2000 squad to the bronze.

Joining Cook on the coaching staff will be Dan Brennan (Colorado Springs, Colo.), director of sled and inline hockey for USA Hockey, who will serve as general manager and assistant coach with the U.S. National Inline Team. Brennan has worked with the team since 1998 and has helped lead the group to four gold medals (2004, 2006, 2010, 2013). In addition to his work with the U.S. National Inline Team, Brennan has also served as general manager of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team since 2007, during which time the U.S. has captured gold medals in the 2010 and 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.

Additional staff includes Athletic Trainer Brian Brewster (Houghton, Mich.), who currently works in that same role at Michigan Tech University, and Equipment Manager Corey Rastello (Providence, R.I.), the head equipment manager for the Providence College men's ice hockey team.

The roster for the U.S. National Inline Team will be selected following a training camp to be conducted May 24-25 in Lakewood, Colorado.

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