VIENNA – Christian Yngve will coach the Austrian women’s national team next season. He will replace Miroslav Berek in this position.
The 47-year-old signed a two-year contract and will lead Austria through two World Women’s Championships as well as the Olympic qualification events in 2012-2013.
He was Sweden’s first coach when the IIHF World Women’s Championship was introduced in 1990. In his last event with the Damkronor he led the women’s national team to its first ever medal in a world tourney at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games.
He also coached Sweden in six World Women’s Championships and won medals in four European Championships (1996 gold, 1991/93/95 silver).
Since 2003 he has been the director of player development and a coach with the Montgomery Youth Hockey Association in the United States.
“It’s an honour and a great challenge to take over the Austrian’s women’s national team. I’m looking forward to work with the players and the coaches in Austria,” Yngve said. “I’m ready to work hard to bring the team to the next level and I expect the same from the players.”
Austria finished last year’s 2011 IIHF World Women’s Championship Division I in fourth place. It tied the best placement of the women’s national team which it also reached in 2009.
The Austrians also decided not to extend the contract with women’s U18 coach Jorma Siitarinen. His successor will take over both the U18 and the Youth Olympics team. If no replacement can be found, Yngve is likely to take over the youth selections as well.