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.
Starting with the upcoming season, USA Hockey is launching a new online curriculum in our Officiating Education Program. In addition to the standard registration requirements, including application, open and closed book testing and attendance at a USA Hockey Officiating Seminar, every official must complete the online material prior to receiving their card and crest for 2014-15.
The online curriculum is designed to enhance educational experience with accurate and consistent officiating information. The online modules will be broken down into three categories. The first two requirements will include general and level-specific presentations. The third category will have elective courses from a variety of topics such as positioning, procedures, penalty criteria and the mental game. These electives will be level-specific and allow you to hone your officiating skills in areas you select.
The length of each presentation will vary depending on content and focus. The majority of the presentations will fall in the 5- to 10-minute range, followed by a short quiz reviewing the content. The entire online curriculum will take 3-5 hours to complete, depending on the level of the official. The in-person seminar each official will be required to attend will be abbreviated and designed to supplement the material presented in the online curriculum.
Instructions on accessing the online seminar will be sent to you upon receiving your USA Hockey application. The curriculum will be accessed through your USAHockey.com profile and can be completed at your leisure, meaning you can log out and log back in to pick up where you left off. Some presentations are designed to be viewed before attending the seminar as a means to improve the overall seminar experience. These will be highlighted for your consideration.
Officials will find this new system to be beneficial and it will make your overall USA Hockey experience a more valuable one. Let’s get the season off to a great start!