Ann Arbor, MICHIGAN – USA Hockey named Kurt Kleinendorst the new head coach of the National Team Development Program. Kleinendorst, who will coach the national U18 team, replaces John Hynes, who resigned to accept the position of assistant coach for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League.
Kleinendorst spent the past three seasons as the head coach of the AHL’s Lowell Devils. With USA Hockey, he served as an assistant coach for the men's national team at the 2008 World Championship in Canada. He was also a member of Team USA at the 1981 World Championship.
Kleinendorst spent the past nine seasons in the New Jersey Devils' organization. Prior to serving as head coach of its AHL affiliate, Kleinendorst was a member of New Jersey's scouting staff for five seasons, including four as a special assistant scout (2002-06) and one as a professional scout (2001-02). He joined the NHL's Devils as one of the team's assistant coaches for the 2000-01 campaign.
Before working with New Jersey, Kleinendorst served as the general manager and head coach of the Manchester Storm in Britain's top ice hockey league from 1997-2000.
USA Hockey's National Team Development program, based in Ann Arbor, Mich., consists of two teams, the U.S. National Under-18 Team and the U.S. National Under-17 Team. Kleinendorst will coach the U.S. National Under-18 Team in 2009-10, while Ron Rolston will guide the U.S. National Under-17 Team.