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2021 WJC | Nate Leaman

Nate Leaman, who recently finished his 10th season as the head coach of the Providence College men’s ice hockey, is serving as an assistant coach of the U.S. Men's National Team for the first time in 2021.

Leaman is no stranger to the world stage and most recently led the U.S. National Junior Team as head coach to the gold medal at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championship. He has also served as an assistant coach for the U.S. National Junior Team in both 2007 (bronze) and 2009.

Leaman made his USA Hockey coaching debut as an assistant coach at the 2005 IIHF U18 Men’s World Championship where the U.S. won gold in the Czech Republic.

Leaman has served as an NCAA Division I head men’s ice hockey coach since 2003-04.

He guided Providence to the 2015 NCAA championship and all total has led the Friars to six NCAA tournament appearances, including two trips to the Frozen Four. During his tenure with PC, Leaman has coached 26 NHL Draft picks in addition to six undrafted players currently under NHL contract.

Prior to Providence, Leaman spent eight seasons (2003-11) at the helm of the Union College men’s ice hockey team where he led the school to its first ECAC regular-season championship and NCAA Division I Tournament appearance in 2010-11, a year that marked the program’s fourth consecutive winning campaign and a then school-best 26 wins. Leaman departed Union with 138 wins, which at the time marked the most in Dutchmen history.

Leaman was awarded the Spencer Penrose Award as the top coach in NCAA Division I men’s ice hockey in 2011, and was also a finalist for the honor four other times (2019, 2016, 2015, 2010). Leaman was honored as the Hockey East Coach of the Year in 2016, and was named ECAC Coach of the Year in both 2011 and 2010.

Born and raised in Centerville, Ohio, Leaman captained the SUNY Cortland men’s ice hockey team his junior and senior years, finishing as one of the top-20 scorers in school history. He was inducted into the Red Dragons Hall of Fame in 2014.