Danton Cole embarks on his seventh season with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program in 2016-17, and will serve as head coach of the U.S. National Under-17 Team. Previously Cole has guided Team USA to two gold medals (2012, 2014) and one bronze medal (2016) at the International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s Under-18 World Championship and three top-three finishes at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge (2011, 2013, 2014), the top events in each age group.
Additionally, Cole’s squads have found success in numerous international tournaments, having secured U17 titles at the Four Nations (2010, 2012) and Vlad Dzurilla (2011) tournaments. While leading the U18s, the U.S. has placed first three times in major competitions: twice at the Four Nations (2011, 2015) and once at Five Nations (2014) tournaments.
The Pontiac, Michigan, native’s first taste of international coaching came with the U.S. Under-18 Select Team at the 2009 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup, where he served as assistant coach. He would assume that same role in 2013 for the bronze-medal winning U.S. Men’s National Team at the IIHF Men’s World Championship. Cole will next work behind the bench as assistant coach for Team USA at the 2017 IIHF World Junior Championship.
A four-year standout at Michigan State University, Cole helped the Spartans claim the 1986 NCAA Division I national championship. Over his collegiate career with Michigan State, Cole was recognized with the 1989 Big Ten Medal of Honor and honored three times as a member of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association All-Academic Team. Cole was named the recipient of the 2012-13 Distinguished Spartan Award.
Cole was a member of the U.S. Men’s National Team three times (1990, 1991, 1994) and earned outstanding player of the 1991 IIHF Men’s World Championship. A seven-year NHL veteran who skated with five teams (Winnipeg, New Jersey, Tampa Bay, New York Islanders, Chicago) over his career, the forward earned a Stanley Cup with the Devils in 1995.
A player on the inaugural roster of USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program in 1997, John Wroblewski returns for his first season as a head coach and will guide the U.S. National Under-18 Team in 2016-17. Prior to being named a head coach at USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, Wroblewski served as head coach of the United States Hockey League’s Youngstown Phantoms (2015-16).
Before his time with Youngstown, Wroblewski was an assistant coach with the American Hockey League’s Rochester Americans for two seasons (2013-15) and head coach of the ECHL’s Gwinnett Gladiators for two seasons (2011-13). During his stint with the Gladiators, Wroblewski helped lead the team to two Southeast Division titles, recorded the Eastern Division’s best winning percentage over two years and was co-recipient of the 2011-12 Coach of the Year Award.
Prior to his success with Gwinnett, Wroblewski spent one season as an assistant coach for the ECHL’s Wheeling Nailers (2010-11). There, he helped take the team to the Eastern Conference Finals; the squad’s best postseason finish in 12 years.
The Neenah, Wisconsin, native began his coaching career as an intern assistant coach for the U.S. National Under-18 Team (2007-08) as part of the NTDP. The following year, Wroblewski was promoted to a full-time assistant coach, a position he would hold for two seasons (2008-10). In 2010, Wroblewski earned a gold medal as Team USA claimed first place at the 2010 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Men’s World Championship in Minsk, Belarus.
Wroblewski skated with the NTDP for two seasons (1997-99) before suiting up for the University of Notre Dame. A four-year letterwinner with the Fighting Irish (1999-2003), Wroblewski, served as alternate captain during his senior year and was the winner of the Notre Dame Monogram Club’s Most Valuable Player Award. He was also recognized as the Irish nominee for the college hockey Humanitarian Award and the CCHA’s Mike and Marian Ilitch Community Service Award. Wroblewski graduated with a degree in finance from Notre Dame.
Wroblewski also skated four years professionally, spending time with the ECHL’s Fresno Falcons from 2003-07. The forward served as assistant captain of the team twice (2004-05 and 2006-07) and recorded 125 points (65-60) in 273 career games.
Chris Luongo enters the 2016-17 season, his second with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, as assistant coach of the U.S. National Under-17 Team. He most recently served as the head coach of the University of Alabama-Huntsville men’s ice hockey team from 2010-12.
Prior to being named UAH head coach, Luongo worked as an assistant coach with the Chargers from 2008-10. The Fraser, Michigan, native’s coaching experience also includes stints as an assistant coach with Wayne State University (2006-08) and the Motor City Mechanics of the United Hockey League (2004-06).
Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Luongo enjoyed a 15-year professional hockey career that was highlighted by stops with the NHL’s Detroit Red Wings, New York Islanders and Ottawa Senators.
The 1996 recipient of USA Hockey’s Bob Johnson Award, Luongo appeared on three U.S. Men’s National Teams at the IIHF Men’s World Championship (1996, 1998, 2000), helping Team USA claim the bronze medal at the 1996 event.
Luongo played college hockey at Michigan State University from 1985-89. He was a four-year teammate of head coach Danton Cole, and helped the Spartans claim the 1986 NCAA Division I national championship. He served as team captain during his senior season (1988-89), alternate captain as a junior (1987-88) and was selected to the NCAA All-Tournament Team in 1987 and the All-CCHA Second Team in 1988-89.
Nick Fohr enters the 2016-17 season, his sixth with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, as assistant coach of the U.S. National Under-18 Team. As assistant coach with Team USA, Fohr has helped lead one gold-medal team (2015), one silver-medal squad (2013), and one bronze-medal (2016) at the International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Men’s World Championship. Additionally, he served on the bench for one first-place finish (2014) and one second-place showing (2012) at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
A part of multiple tournament teams with the U.S. as an assistant, the Grand Forks, North Dakota, native has seen championships at the Four Nations Tournament twice (2011, 2013) and Five Nations (2014) and Vlad Dzurilla (2012) tournaments once. While charged with assisting the U18s, Fohr helped guide winners at two Four Nations (2012, 2014) tournaments.
Fohr’s tour of duty with USA Hockey has also included serving as assistant coach with the U.S. Under-18 Select Team twice (2012, 2014) and in that same position at three CCM/USA Hockey All-American Prospects Games (2012, 2014, 2016).
Fohr played four seasons (1998-2002) at the University of Nebraska Omaha and also previously starred in two seasons with the USHL’s Lincoln Stars (1996-98), where he earned a spot on the All-Star Team in 1997-98.
Mason Graddock enters the 2016-17 season, his first with the National Team Development Program, as an intern assistant coach for the U.S. National Under-17 Team.
Prior to joining the NTDP coaching staff, Graddock spent the 2015-16 season as an intern assistant coach at the University of Notre Dame where he was involved in team preparations and game plans, scouting and assisting with on-ice practices and in-game adjustments of both Notre Dame and its opponents, including matchups and strategy.
Previously, Graddock spent four seasons as an assistant men’s ice hockey coach at Middlebury (Vt.) College. With the Panthers, Graddock was responsible for player development, recruiting and special teams systems.
Graddock played four seasons of ice hockey at Middlebury (2005-09), helping the team to the NCAA Division III national championship his freshman year.
Greg Moore enters the 2016-17 season, his second with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, as intern assistant coach of the U.S. National Under-18 Team. Moore previously spent two seasons as a player for the NTDP from 2000-02.
Prior to joining the NTDP coaching staff, Moore played professional hockey for the Deutsche Eishockey Liga’s Augsburg Panthers in 2014-15. Moore also spent time in the National Hockey League and American Hockey League.
As a player with the NTDP, Moore, a Lisbon, Maine, native was a member of the U.S. National Under-18 Team that won gold in 2002 and the Under-17 Team that placed first at the 2001 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. He was also a member of the U.S. National Junior Team that claimed the United States’ first gold medal in tournament history in 2004.
Following his NTDP career, Moore skated for the University of Maine men’s ice hockey program (2002-06). Moore was selected as team captain during his senior season, was a top-10 finalist for the Hobey Baker Memorial Award and earned Hockey East First Team and All-America First Team honors.
Kevin Reiter enters the 2016-17 season, his fourth with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, as goaltending coach for both the U.S. National Under-17 and Under-18 Teams. In addition to his duties at the NTDP, Reiter serves as the coordinator of the Warren Strelow National Goaltending Mentor Program.
Serving on the coaching staff at three International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s Under-18 World Championships, Reiter has helped guide Team USA to gold medals in 2014 and 2015 and a bronze medal in 2016.
Additionally, he has been on the staff of three World Under-17 Hockey Challenge squads, helping lead the U.S. to one first-place finish (January 2014) and one second-place showing (November 2014).
Reiter was also a part of title-winning teams at the 2013 Under-17 Four Nations, 2014 Under-17 Five Nations and 2014 Under-18 Four Nations Tournaments.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Reiter played four seasons (2000-04) at the University of Alaska-Anchorage before embarking on a seven-year professional career (2004-11). He was named the International Hockey League Goalie of the Year in 2008 after leading the Fort Wayne Komets to the Turner Cup championship.
Darryl Nelson is in his 17th season with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program and has established the highly regarded off-ice training program for NTDP players.
Nelson came to USA Hockey from Boston, where he worked at Mike Boyle’s Strength and Conditioning Clinic.
Nelson received his bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University of Maine at Presque Isle in 1997 and his master’s degree in 1999 from the University of Georgia.
Carrie Keil enters her 16th season with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program as skating coach. Keil is responsible for working with both the U.S. National Under-17 and Under-18 Teams to improve skating speed, balance and agility.
Keil has more than 30 years of hockey coaching experience, including a stint with the University of Michigan men’s ice hockey team.
The Ann Arbor, Michigan, native earned a bachelor’s degree of science in 1983 and master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of Michigan in 1985.
Kirk Culik, an original member of the National Team Development Program, enters his 19th season as the team’s off-ice conditioning coach. Culik is responsible for team and culture building, mentoring players, and developing a variety of off-ice workout routines.
Culik has had a wide-range of other careers including boxing, blacksmith, thoroughbred horse trainer, bull rider, forensic psychiatrist and corrections officer.