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2018 MWC | Seth Appert, Assistant Coach


Seth Appert will be an assistant coach on a U.S. Men’s National Team for the second consecutive year. The head coach of the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team that is competing at the 2018 IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship, Appert was also an assistant on last year’s gold medal-winning U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team. His other international experience includes two stints as head coach (2008, 2011) and one as assistant coach (2007) of the U.S. Under-18 Men’s Select Team that competed in the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup. 

Appert recently completed his first season as head coach of the U.S. National Under-18 Team at USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, leading them to an NTDP-record finish in USHL play that includes a Clark Cup playoff berth and a first-place finish at the 2018 Under-18 Five Nations Tournament.

Prior to his arrival at the NTDP, Appert spent 11 seasons as the head coach of the Rensselaer men’s hockey team where he led the Engineers to the 2011 NCAA Tournament and the team’s highest ECAC finish in more than 20 years in 2012-13 when RPI finished second in the league.

A former president of the American Hockey Coaches Association, Appert spent nine seasons before joining RPI as an assistant coach at the University of Denver where he helped lead the Pioneers to a pair of NCAA titles, three WCHA playoff championships and two WCHA regular-season titles. 

In his 20 years in the collegiate coaching ranks, Appert has recruited and helped develop 13 All-Americans, 37 all-league selections, four Hobey Baker Finalists and 23 players who have gone on to play in the NHL.

A collegiate netminder, Appert played four years at Ferris State University from 1992-96. He owns a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Ferris State and earned his master’s degree in management from the University of Denver in 1999.

Appert and his wife Jill have two daughters, Addi and Campbell.