VIENNA – The Austrian Ice Hockey Association named Dieter Kalt new head coach of the Austrian U20 national team. Dieter Werfring will take over the U18 national team.
Long-time national team player Dieter Kalt, who ended his playing career in 2012 and is the son of the association’s president of the same name, will be the new head coach of the U20 national team taking over from Jason O’Leary, whom he assisted last year.
For the 38-year-old it will be his first head coaching experience. Since January he’s also an assistant coach at KAC Klagenfurt, which won the Austrian championship this spring.
Werfring returns to the Austrian Ice Hockey Association as the U18 national team where he follows after Herbert Hohenberger. Werfring was in the coaching staff of the U20 and U18 national teams for many years. He was the head coach of the U20 national team from the 2005/2006 season until 2011.
The two coaches met on Monday with Alpo Suhonen, the Austrian Ice Hockey Association’s Sports Director, to plan for the new season. The U20 and U18 national teams will have a joint camp in Kapfenberg, 22-26 July, to prepare for the next challenges followed by an Austrian Coaching Clinic.
The U20 national team will compete in the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship Division I Group A in Sanok, Poland, 15-21 December 2013 while the U18 team will participate in the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship Division I Group B in Hungary next spring.
The men’s national team will convene from 1st to 4th August with 44 players for a first camp in view of the upcoming season with the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi as the highlight for the team coached by Manny Viveiros.