David Quinn is serving as head coach of the U.S. Men’s National Team for the second straight year in 2023.
He was also the head coach of the 2022 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team and guided the youngest team in the tournament to an unbeaten record in the preliminary round before a shootout loss in the quarterfinals ended Team USA’s medal hopes.
The 2022-23 NHL season marked Quinn’s first as head coach of the San Jose Sharks. The former head coach of the NHL’s New York Rangers (2018-21), Quinn was an assistant coach for Team USA at the 2016 IIHF Men’s World Championship and held the same role at both the 2007 and 2012 events.
Quinn’s other assistant coaching roles with the U.S. include the 2005 U.S. National Junior Team and helping guide the U.S. Women’s National Team to a pair of silver medals (2000, 1999) in the IIHF Women’s World Championship.
The Cranston, Rhode Island, native spent two seasons (2002-04) as a head coach for USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program. In that time, Quinn guided the U.S. National Under-17 Team to a 35-26-8 regular-season record and a 16-7-1 mark in international play.
During his tenure at the NTDP, he led the U.S. to championships at the 2002 Four Nations Tournament; the 2003 Four Nations Cup; and the 2004 Vlad Dzurilla Four Nations Tournament. For his accomplishments, he was recognized as the 2003 USA Hockey Developmental Coach of the Year.
Quinn served as the head coach for his alma mater, Boston University, from 2013-18 and guided the Terriers to four NCAA tournament appearances, two Hockey East regular-season titles and two Hockey East tournament championships.
Quinn’s career also includes stops with the Colorado Avalanche (2012-13) and AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters (2009-12). As head coach in Lake Erie, Quinn guided the Monsters to their first-ever playoff berth in 2010-11.
In between the NTDP and Lake Erie, he spent five seasons (2004-09) as the associate head coach at Boston University, where he helped the Terriers to the NCAA national title in 2009. Quinn’s other collegiate coaching positions have been at Northeastern (1995-96) and Nebraska-Omaha (1996-2002).
Selected in the first round (13th overall) by the Minnesota North Stars in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft, Quinn’s playing career ended prematurely after he was diagnosed with a blood disorder. Prior to his career ending, Quinn was an All-Hockey East and All-New England defenseman at Boston University. A co-captain during his senior year in 1987-88, Quinn was also a member of the 1986 U.S. National Junior Team that earned bronze, the country’s first-ever medal at the IIHF World Junior Championship.