By @MichaelCaples –
USA Hockey has announced that Ferris State alum Seth Appert is the new head coach of the National Team Development Program in Plymouth.
Appert, who will take over the NTDP Under-18 Team for the 2017-18 season, previously held the position of head coach at RPI for 11 seasons. He is currently serving as an assistant coach for the U.S. Men’s National Team at the 2017 IIHF Men’s World Championship in Germany.
“I’m honored to have this opportunity,” said Appert. “and I look forward to having a chance to work with the staff currently in place to help strengthen hockey in our country through our efforts at the National Team Development Program and across USA Hockey. I’m excited to meet and get to know our young men upon return from the world championship.”
Prior to his head-coaching role at RPI, Appert served as an assistant coach at Denver for nine seasons, helping the Pioneers to a pair of NCAA titles.
“Seth’s experience level, connectivity in the sport and commitment to development are characteristics that were important to us,” said Scott Monaghan, senior director of operations for USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program. “We look forward to welcoming him and his family to Plymouth.”
He played goaltender for the Ferris State Bulldogs from 1992-96, sharing the crease with Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill.
Appert joins an NTDP head coaching tree that includes Danton Cole, Mike Eaves, Don Granato, John Hynes, Jeff Jackson, Bob Mancini, Ron Rolston and more. He will be working alongside John Wroblewski as the two NTDP head coaches in the Plymouth-based program.
USA Hockey also announced that Nick Fohr has been promoted to associate coach, and Greg Moore has been hired as an assistant coach after serving as an intern assistant coach for two seasons. Fohr just completed his sixth season with the NTDP as an assistant coach.