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01-04-2013, 12:37 PM
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I will say this as an American, it was an interesting direction we went with this year. Usually the brass pick an NCAA coach. Last year we had Dean Blais, Nebraska-Omaha coach who returned after winning the Gold medal in 2010. 2011 we had Keith Allain, Yale's head coach. There are two points I'd like to make here. First it's interesting to note that Dean Blais both took us to the Gold Medal and took us to the relegation zone. That brings into question just how important a good coach is? I don't know the answer to that frankly. Maybe the US won the Gold medal in 2010 in spite of the coach? Or maybe the team last year fell apart in spite of the coach? Maybe he simply didn't have much influence at all.

The interesting thing this year that happened was Housley being named head coach. He's a high school coach in Minnesota. This allowed him to focus entirely on the U20 head coach position during the college season, whereas most years our coaches are busy coaching their NCAA teams and only show up to coach the U20 team in December. He didn't come in with any biases as an NCAA coach. A lot of times people will wonder if a coach who sees mainly east coast or midwest players will really be in the best position to judge all the players equally. Housley didn't have that problem as he spent most of the fall flying around the country to watch guys play. With all the calls of bloody murder regarding Spott and Murphy, I think this is something to consider.

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