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Matt Herr, who played parts of four seasons in the National Hockey League and helped the University of Michigan men’s ice hockey team to four straight NCAA Frozen Four appearances, including two national titles (1996, 1998), is a regional manager of USA Hockey’s American Development Model.
Prior to joining USA Hockey, Herr served as the head coach of the boys’ varsity hockey team at Kent (Conn.) School from 2005-2013, where he helped transform the program from a sub-.500 team into a regular contender in New England prep school hockey. He also served as boys’ varsity baseball head coach at Kent for three seasons and was an assistant coach for four seasons. Additionally, Herr held the position of senior associate director of admissions at the school from 2011-13, and taught history and psychology at Kent from 2005-11.
The Hackensack, N.J., native was raised in New Windsor, N.Y., and was drafted by both Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves and the NHL’s Washington Capitals in 1994. He was a four-year letter winner in both hockey and baseball (1994-98) the University of Michigan and was captain of the Wolverines’ hockey team during his senior campaign.
On the international stage, Herr represented the United States twice during his playing career. In 1996, he was selected to the U.S. National Junior Team that competed in the International Ice Hockey Federation World Junior Championship in Boston, Mass. He was also named to the U.S. Men’s National Team that skated in the IIHF Men’s World Championship in Oslo, Norway, in 1999.
Herr has been an on-going contributor to USA Hockey in multiple capacities, including as an instructor at multiple national player development camps. He has also served as a coach of several U.S. teams that have competed internationally, most recently as head coach of the U.S. Under-18 Select Team that played in the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.