Dan Muse is serving as head coach of the U.S. Under-18 Men's National Team for the second time at the 2023 IIHF Under-18 Men's World Championship, having previously coached the 2021 squad.
Muse is currently in his third season as a head coach at USA Hockey's National Team Development Program. Head coach of this year’s Under-18 Team, Muse has led the team to a 43-13-0 record so far this season, after spending the 2021-22 campaign with the Under-17 Team.
With 16 wins this season, the NTDP Under-18 Team set a single-season win record over NCAA opponents under Muse’s leadership, including 15 over Division I opponents – another single-season NTDP record.
On the international stage, Muse was Team USA’s video coach at the 2013 IIHF World Junior Championship, where the U.S. bought home gold, and served in the same capacity the following year. In addition, the Canton, Mass., native recently captured first place at the 2022 Under-18 Five Nations Championship at USA Hockey Arena last November.
Muse, who holds over 15 years of coaching experience, was an assistant coach for the NHL’s Nashville Predators for three seasons before his arrival in Plymouth, helping the team to two Central Division titles, including the 2017-18 Presidents’ Trophy. While in Nashville, he led the penalty kill and worked primarily with the Predators’ forward group.
Prior to his stint with Predators, Muse served as head coach of the USHL’s Chicago Steel for two seasons, where he led the team to a Clark Cup championship in 2017. Additionally, he spent time on staff at Yale University (2009-2015), where he helped the Bulldogs to the 2013 NCAA title, Sacred Heart University (2008-09) and spent one year as assistant coach at Williams College (2007-08) after beginning his coaching career as an assistant at Milton Academy in 2005.