Josh Brown of Dexter has been named an intern coach for USA Hockey's National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor.
Brown signed a two-year contract to coach the Under-18 Team. The 2002 alum has a strong background in the sport, most recently at Robert Morris University, where he served as volunteer assistant coach and hockey operations coordinator for the men's NCAA Division I hockey program. Prior to that, Brown spent four years as an assistant coach at Northern Arizona University, while also serving as head of recruiting for the college's hockey team.
"I'm very excited to be back in Michigan," Brown said. "I get to work with some of the top 18-year-olds in the country."
Brown said he has been playing hockey for most of his post high school career. As a former player at Northern Arizona, Brown helped the program to three American Collegiate Hockey Association national tournament appearances (2006-09). He was a two-year captain for the club and earned ACHA Division III First Team All-West accolades in 2006.
Prior to attending Northern Arizona, Brown helped the Detroit Lightning win the Continental Elite Hockey League championship in 2002, and was named a CEHL All-Star while skating for the Traverse City Enforcers during the 2003 season.
Brown said he is looking forward to coaching, and will bring lessons he's learned along the way from mentors to help out the USA Hockey team.
"There isn't just one person who has had an influence on my professional career," he said. "You take bits and pieces from different coaches and you mold them into your own style."
Brown officially begins with the program on Aug. 15. He will be joined by Trent Palm of Edina, Minn.