Crowell and Johnson Return as US Head Coaches
June 13, 2019

On the second-last day of April, USA Hockey revealed that Maura Crowell of Mansfield, Massachusetts – the head coach of the University of Minnesota Duluth women's ice hockey team – would be returning as the head coach of the US Under-18 Women’s National Team and the US Under-18 Women’s Select Team for the 2019/20 hockey season.

Also announced on the day was the fact that Joel Johnson of White Bear Lake, Minnesota – the associate head women’s ice hockey coach at the University of Minnesota – would once again be serving as the head coach of the 2019 US Under-22 Women’s Select Team.

Assistant Coaches Appointed for 2019/20

Joining Crowell in her prestigious role as U-18 assistant coaches will be Dousman, Wisconsin’s Brianna Decker (a member of the world championship gold medal-winning 2019 U.S. Women's National Team); Dubuque, Iowa’s Meredith Roth, the associate head women's ice hockey coach at the College of the Holy Cross; and Josh Sciba of Westland, Michigan, the head women’s ice hockey coach over at Union College.

These coaches and assistants will be leading the American teams both at the 2019 U-18 Series vs. Canada from August 15-18 at Lake Placid, New York, and at the 2020 International Ice Hockey Federation U-18 Women’s World Championship. The IHFWWC is scheduled to take place in January of 2020 at a venue that is still to be determined by the powers that be, and teams will travel to wherever is decided upon.

On the other hand, joining Johnson as his U-22 assistant coaches will be Lewiston, Maine’s Katie Lachapelle, the head women's ice hockey coach at the College of the Holy Cross, and Woburn, Massachusetts’ Courtney Kennedy, the associate head women's ice hockey coach at Boston College. These skilled staff members will lead the US U-22 Women’s Select Team into battle against Canada at the 2019 Under-22 Series, which will be held on the same days as the U-18 series at Lake Placid.

Speaking about the developments, director of women’s national team programs at USA Hockey Katie Million has noted that her organization is thrilled to have Joel and Maura at the helm of its U-18 and U-22 teams for the upcoming hockey season. Million added that USAH has a great coaching staff on board that will bring immeasurable experience to the rink, and her peers are now looking forward to getting a fresh season underway at Lake Placid this summer.

The upcoming 2019 USA Hockey Women's National Festival will be held on August 5-14 at Lake Placid, NY ahead of the highly acclaimed 2019 Under-18 and Under-22 Series vs. Canada. All of the aforementioned coaches and assistants are set to be part of the Festival staff as well, which will no doubt some as great news for those who are looking to cash in on the action with some online wagers or Apostas online no Brasil!

About Joel Johnson and Maura Crowell

Maura Crowell is returning to her role of head coach of the US Under-18 Women's National Team for the second time now after having led Team USA to its 12th consecutive medal win at the recent 2019 IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship in Obihiro, Japan. In the 2017/18 season, she also acted as the -18 Women’s National team associate coach, and the same team’s assistant coach in 2015/16. During both of those seasons, the US won gold medals from the IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship, and shortly afterwards in 2018/19, Crowell completed her fourth season as head coach for the University of Minnesota Duluth collegiate team.

Joel Johnson is also making a comeback as the head coach of the U.S. Under-22 Women's Select Team this season after leading Team USA to a 3-game sweep of Canada at the 2018 U22 Series vs. Canada over in Calgary. He also served as assistant coach of the U.S. Women's National Team in 2018-19 after making his debut at the 2018 Four Nations Cup in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; the event in which the US won four consecutive games. Recently, he also helped his country to its fifth gold medal at the 2019 IIHF Women's World Championship in Espoo, Finland.


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