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08-03-2011, 04:03 PM
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Nolan to coach Latvian national team

As the weeks went by this summer, Ted Nolan couldn't help but notice the number of coaching positions being filled by teams at all levels of hockey.

Throughout it all, his phone never rang once.

At least it didn't until late last week when the desperate Latvian hockey federation placed a long distance call and offered him the chance to coach the struggling national team. He barely hesitated before accepting the position.
He most recently spent two years as vice-president of hockey operations with the AHL's Rochester Americans but longed to get back behind the bench.

"I've been sending out resumes here for the last number of years and not getting a phone call back," said Nolan. "Then all of a sudden you get a call from a (national team), which was very humbling. I'm very honoured."
"We were looking for a neutral, authoritative coach with lots of experience and good hockey knowledge," said Lipmans. "This is exactly what we found with Ted Nolan."

Nolan's credentials were so strong that he was given the job without a formal interview. The 53-year-old signed a one-year deal that includes an option for additional years.

He'll visit Riga for the first time later this month and plans to do a fair amount of travelling back and forth from his permanent residence in Canada.

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