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Joel Johnson

Joel Johnson, associate head coach of the University of Minnesota women's ice hockey team, is serving as head coach of the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team for the 2017-18 season. It is the fourth consecutive season that he has served in that capacity.

Last August, Johnson helped the 2017 U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team earn two victories against Canada at the Under-18 Series in Lake Placid, New York. 

In 2016-17, Johnson guided the U.S. to a gold medal at the 2017 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women's World Championship. He also the club to a 2-1 record at the 2016 Under-18 Series vs. Canada in Lake Placid, New York.

In 2015-16, he led the 2016 U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team to a gold medal finish at 2016 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women's World Championship with an exciting 3-2 overtime victory over Canada, in Canada. He also lead the team to a 1-2 record at the 2015 Under-18 Series vs. Canada in Lake Placid, New York.

During the 2014-15 season, he led the 2015 U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team to a gold medal finish at 2015 International Ice Hockey Federation Under-18 Women's World Championship with an exciting 3-2 overtime victory over Canada, becoming the first team to do so on home soil. He also lead the team to a 1-2 record at the 2014 Under-18 Series vs. Canada in Kamloops, British Columbia.

A native of White Bear Lake, Minnesota, Johnson also has previous experience with USA Hockey as a member of the coaching staff for the 2012 IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship and the 2013 Women's Under-18 Series. He has also served as a coach at various U.S. Women's Select Festivals.

The 2016-17 season marks Johnson’s 12th season on the coaching staff with the women’s hockey team at the University of Minnesota. During two stints, he has helped lead the team to six national championship titles (2000, 2004, 2012, 2013 and 2015, 2106) with the Golden Gophers. He originally served as an assistant coach from 1999-2004 and returned to the University of Minnesota in the same capacity in 2010-11 after a six-year hiatus.

Johnson spent six seasons coaching at Bethel University from 2004-10, including three years as the men's hockey head coach. Along with his men's hockey responsibilities, he was also the men's and women's golf coach and prior to that was the soccer coach where he earned MIAC Coach of the Year honors.