Brett Larson is making his Olympic coaching debut and will be on a Team USA bench for the third time.
Previously, Larson served as an assistant coach for the U.S. National Junior Team in the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship. In 2012, he was the head coach of the U.S. Junior Select Team that won the World Junior A Challenge.
Larson is in his fourth campaign as head men’s ice hockey coach at St. Cloud State University where he has led the Huskies to two NCAA tournament appearances in his first three years, including a national runner-up finish in 2020-21. He entered the 2021-22 season with a 63-32-9 record at SCSU.
Before joining the Huskies, Larson served two stints (2008-11, 2015-18) as an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of Minnesota Duluth. On both occasions, his time behind the Bulldog bench culminated in NCAA national championships, as Larson was part of the program’s first-ever title win in 2011 before helping the Bulldogs earn another national championship in 2018.
In between his time with UMD, Larson spent two seasons (2011-13) as head coach of the United States Hockey League's Sioux City Musketeers as well as a pair of seasons (2013-15) as an associate head coach at Ohio State University.
A Duluth, Minn., native, Larson played four seasons (1991-95) at UMD where he was tabbed captain his senior year and earned WCHA All-Academic honors three times. An 11th round pick of the NHL's Detroit Red Wings in 1990, Larson went on to play 12 years of professional hockey, including two (1999-2001) as a player-coach with the San Diego Gulls of the West Coast Hockey League. He also skated for the U.S. National Inline Team, helping the U.S. earn a gold (1999) and silver medal (1998).