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2024 YOG | Joe Bonnett

Joe Bonnett is serving as head coach of the U.S. Youth Olympic Men’s Team for the first time in 2024, having previously been an assistant coach for the U.S. Under-17 Select Team, winning the Five Nations Tournament in 2003 and 2017. He also served as an assistant coach for the 2018 U.S. Under-18 Select Team at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup. 

In his current role as a manager of player development for USA Hockey, Bonnett provides nationwide support for USA Hockey's age-appropriate skill development efforts and has been part of numerous USA Hockey Player Development Camps, including Select 14, Select 15, Select 16 and Select 17 camps.

He recently was an assistant coach for Cheyenne Mountain High School boys’ varsity hockey team and helped them to a state championship title in 2022-23.

Bonnett served 14 seasons (2000-2014) as an assistant men's ice hockey coach at Colorado College, helping guide the Tigers to three Western Collegiate Hockey Association championships, seven NCAA tournament appearances and a trip to the NCAA Frozen Four. He also helped produce 16 NCAA All-America selections and two Hobey Baker Memorial Award recipients.

Prior to his time at CC, the Michigan native spent four seasons with Miami University’s men’s hockey team, serving as recruiting coordinator and assistant coach working primarily with defensemen and special teams. Bonnett began his time at Miami as a graduate assistant, leading the RedHawks' video analysis and day-to-day hockey operations.   

Before embarking on his collegiate coaching career, Bonnett coached 12U and 16U hockey in Kalamazoo, Michigan while simultaneously working as a middle school teacher and girls’ volleyball coach in Galesburg, Michigan. He also spent one season as a junior hockey associate head coach in the North American Hockey League, helping guide the Kalamazoo K-Wings to a Robertson Cup Playoffs appearance.

As a player, Bonnett was a four-year letter winner at Western Michigan University (1989-93), where he was a forward and served as an alternate captain during his senior season. He graduated from Western Michigan with a bachelor's degree in secondary education, majoring in earth science. He also earned a master's degree in sport studies from Miami University.

A longtime USA Hockey volunteer, Bonnett has also been part of numerous USA Hockey Player Development Camps.