Rolston leaves USA Hockey

Gold-medal winning U18 national coach accepts AHL challenge


Ron Rolston leaves USA Hockey after leading the U18 national team to three world titles. Photo: Jukka Rautio / HHOF-IIHF Images

ANN ARBOR, USA – Ron Rolston, who has spent the last seven years as a head coach at USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, has resigned to accept a position as head coach of the Rochester Americans, the American Hockey League affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres.

“Ron has had a tremendous influence on the continued rise of American players through seven successful years at the NTDP,” said Jim Johannson, assistant executive director of hockey operations at USA Hockey. “He’s going to a wonderful organization in Buffalo and we know Ron will be an outstanding coach at the professional level. We wish him and his family nothing but the very best.”

The longest-tenured and most decorated coach in the history of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, Ron Rolston guided U.S. squads to championships in three international tournaments in 2010-11, including a gold-medal performance at the 2011 IIHF World U18 Championship. Rolston, who had previously led the U.S. to a gold medal in the 2005 and 2009 IIHF World U18 Championship and a silver medal at the 2007 event, helped Team USA collect its third straight world title in 2010-11.

In addition, Rolston’s U.S. National Under-18 Team posted a 12-9-1-2 (W-L-OTL-SOL) record in United States Hockey League play in 2010-11, helping the NTDP reach the USHL postseason for the first time.

Rolston was also coaching the U20 national team at two IIHF World U20 Championships (2003: bronze, 2009: 5th place).

“Ron has done a tremendous job,” said Scott Monaghan, senior director of operations at the NTDP. “Not only is he an excellent coach, but he's a great person too. To say we'll miss him is an understatement.”

A nationwide search for Rolston’s replacement is underway.



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