COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - USA Hockey today announced the hiring of seven new staff members and one promotion for its National Team Development Program, adult ice hockey department and hockey operations department.
Jake Wesolek (Saginaw, Mich.), Matt Curley (Madrid, N.Y.), Tyler Eaves (Queensbury, N.Y.) and Jacob Visser (Grand Rapids, Mich.) will join USA Hockey's NTDP staff, while Matt Greason (Bridgton, Maine) was promoted to assistant coach. A full-time elite development program in Ann Arbor, Mich., USA Hockey's NTDP includes both the U.S. National Under-17 and Under-18 Teams.
Meanwhile, Katie Holmgren (New Hope, Minn.) and Justin Murch (Washington, D.C.) will join USA Hockey's adult ice hockey department and Barbara Borginis (Deptford, N.J.) will join the organization's hockey operations department, both located at USA Hockey's national office in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Greason, who previously served as an intern coach for the U.S. National Under-17 Team during the 2009-10 season, was promoted to assistant coach of the squad for 2010-11. Prior to his time with the NTDP, he spent two seasons as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. The four-year member (1998-2002) of the Trinity College men’s ice hockey team graduated in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in history and completed his master’s degree in American studies in the summer of 2009.
Wesolek was named manager of communications and marketing at the NTDP after having spent the last three years as director of operations for the Port Huron Icehawks of the International Hockey League. He has additional experience in the American Hockey League, ECHL and Ontario Hockey League. Wesolek is a graduate of Central Michigan University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in commercial recreation and facility management with a minor in marketing.
Curley will serve as intern coach for the U.S. National Under-18 Team in 2010-11. He joins the NTDP after having coached the boys’ ice hockey program at the National Sports Academy in Lake Placid, N.Y., for one year. Curley is a graduate of Clarkson University, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in history with minors in law and business. He was a four-year letterwinner for the Clarkson’s men’s ice hockey team from 2003-07.
Eaves will handle intern coaching responsibilities for the NTDP's U.S. National Under-17 Team. He previously served as the volunteer assistant coach for the University of Alabama Huntsville men’s ice hockey team. Eaves was a four-year letterwinner at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute from 2004-08.
Visser will serve as the equipment manager for the NTDP's U.S. National Under-18 Team. He previously was the assistant equipment manager with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL for three years, and also worked at the Detroit Red Wings training camp in Traverse City, Mich.
Holmgren becomes USA Hockey's first coordinator of adult women's hockey after having worked for the Iowa Stars of the American Hockey League and Major League Baseball's Colorado Rockies. Most recently, she served as a registration representative for Penrad Imaging in Colorado Springs, Colo. The Iowa State University graduate currently plays adult hockey in the Women's Association of Colorado Hockey.
Murch joins USA Hockey as its coordinator of adult ice hockey. The former intern with the National Hockey League's Washington Capitals and Chicago Blackhawks recently served as the special events manager for USA Hockey's Disabled Festival in Washington, D.C., and has worked for the American Special Hockey Association in Crofton, Md. Murch graduated from Bowling Green State University with a bachelor's degree in science and sports management.
Borginis is taking on the role of administrative assistant for international administration and USA Hockey's American Development Model. The ADM, launched in January 2009, is an age-appropriate training model based on long-term athlete development principles for youth hockey players. Borginis arrived at USA Hockey after having worked for 12 years at Walt Disney Imagineering in Orlando, Fla.
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