Corkum steps down, Minnesota women’s hockey assistant Johnson named interim coach for U.S. national women’s team

Joel Johnson has coached with the Minnesota ladies’s group the previous 16 seasons (picture: Minnesota Athletics).

Minnesota ladies’s group affiliate head coach Joel Johnson, who brings greater than twenty years of teaching expertise and has been concerned with the U.S. Girls’s Nationwide Staff program since 2015, was named interim coach of the group Friday night time by USA Hockey.

Bob Corkum, who served as head coach of the group because the 2018-19 season, has stepped down from his function.

“Bob put his coronary heart and soul into persevering with to construct on the legacy of our ladies’s nationwide group program over the previous three seasons and we’re grateful for all he did,” stated Katie Million, director of girls’s nationwide group applications for USA Hockey, in an announcement. “Whereas he’s stepping away, he’ll at all times be a giant a part of the USA Hockey household and we’ll definitely miss him.

“We’re extraordinarily lucky to have somebody like Joel to step in and information our group on the world championship. He’s been an necessary a part of our program and is nicely positioned to assist construct on the success we’ve loved.”

Johnson has been a longtime contributor to the U.S. ladies’s program, together with guiding the U.S. Beneath-18 Girls’s Nationwide Staff to 4 straight gold medals (2015-18) as head coach on the IIHF U18 Girls’s World Championship.

Within the 2017-18 season, Johnson served as head coach of the U.S. Beneath-22 Girls’s Choose Staff on the 2018 U22 Collection vs. Canada in Calgary and led Staff USA to a three-game sweep.

He made his debut with the U.S. Girls’s Nationwide Staff as an assistant coach in 2018-19 and helped information the U.S. to its fourth straight Girls’s 4 Nations Cup that season, in addition to the gold medal on the 2019 IIHF Girls’s World Championship in Espoo, Finland.

Johnson completed his sixteenth season on the College of Minnesota bench as affiliate head coach in 2020-21. He has helped information the Golden Gophers to 6 nationwide titles (2000, 2004, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016).

Previous to his time at Minnesota, he spent six seasons (2004-10) teaching at Bethel.

Becoming a member of Johnson as a part of the U.S. teaching workers are assistant coaches Brian Pothier and Allison Coomey and goaltending coach Alli Altmann.

Staff USA will play within the 2021 IIHF Girls’s World Championship Could 6-16, in Halifax and Turo, Nova Scotia, searching for a sixth straight gold medal within the occasion. The U.S. begins its coaching camp forward of the 2021 IIHF Girls’s World Championship Saturday in Portland, Maine.

The US has received the final 5 IIHF Girls’s World Championship titles and captured gold a complete of 9 occasions (2005, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019), together with eight of the final 9 tournaments.

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