ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Former ECHL coach Kurt Kleinendorst has been named a head coach with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program.
He was an assistant coach for the U.S. Men’s National Team that competed in the 2008 International Ice Hockey Federation World Championship in Halifax, Nova Scotia and Quebec City, Quebec. He was a member of the 1981 U.S. Men’s National Team and also played for Team USA during its pre-Olympic tour.
Kleinendorst began his coaching career in the ECHL as head coach of the Raleigh Icecaps from 1991-94, earning ECHL Coach of the Year honors in 1992-93. Following a season as an assistant coach for San Diego of the International Hockey League, he returned to Raleigh for two more years from 1995-97. He was 156-142-38 in the regular season and led the Icecaps to the postseason four times, including the division finals in 1993 and the Riley Cup Finals in 1994.
He spent the last nine seasons with the National Hockey League’s New Jersey Devils. He was head coach of Lowell of the American Hockey League the last three years after working five seasons in scouting and one year as an assistant coach for New Jersey. Prior to joining the Devils he worked three seasons as general manager and head coach for Manchester in the top ice hockey league in England, leading the Storm to the league championship and earning coach of the year in 1998-99.