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Joel Johnson

Johnson is serving as interim head coach of the U.S. Women's National Team and will make his debut in this role at the upcoming IIHF Women's World Championship.

Previously, Johnson served as an assistant coach and began that role during the 2018-19 season. He made his debut at the 2018 Four Nations Cup in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where the U.S. won four games in a row on the way to winning its fourth consecutive tournament championship, and also helped guide the U.S. to its fifth straight gold-medal victory at the 2019 IIHF Women's World Championship in Espoo, Finland.

Earlier in the 2018-19 season, Johnson led the U.S. Under-22 Women's Select Team to a three-game sweep of its northern rival at the 2018 U22 Series vs. Canada in Calgary. 

A long-time contributor to the U.S. women's program, he also previously served as head coach of the U.S. Under-18 Women's National Team from 2015-2018, helping the U.S. capture four consecutive gold medals at the IIHF Under-18 Women's World Championship. 

Recently, he finished his 17th season on the University of Minnesota coaching staff, Johnson has helped the Golden Gophers claim six national titles (2000, 2004, 2012, 2013, 2015, and 2016). He previously spent six seasons coaching at Bethel University from 2004-10, including three years as the men's hockey head coach.