COLUMBUS, Ohio — Joe Exter, an assistant coach at USA Hockey's National Team Development Program the last four years, is joining the Ohio State hockey program as an assistant coach, head coach Mark Osiecki announced Monday.
In addition to coaching at the NTDP, Exter (Cranston, R.I.) has been on the U.S. staff for the World Junior Championship since 2009 and also has been behind the bench with the USHL's Cedar Rapids RoughRiders and at American International College.
"The experience Joe brings from working in college, in the USHL and with USA Hockey will be invaluable to our program," said Osiecki, who is entering his second season at the helm of the Buckeyes. "He has been around the best hockey players from the United States the last four years, including some of the best goalies during that time period. He will add a great deal to both our staff and the Ohio State hockey program overall."
Exter was on staff with Osiecki at the World Junior Championship when the U.S. won gold in 2010 and with the bronze-medal squad in 2011, the first time Team USA won back-to-back medals in the event. Exter will serve as an assistant coach with the 2012 team this winter.
"I am thrilled to be a part of the Ohio State hockey family," said Exter. "I look forward to working with Coach Osiecki and Coach Rohlik to build upon the strong foundation they created last year."
Exter was the first full-time goaltending coach at USA Hockey's NTDP. His responsibilities included planning, designing and executing the regular on-ice practices for goaltenders, as well as scouting and evaluating the nation's top goaltending prospects. He was the coordinator of the revolutionary Warren Strelow National Goaltending Mentor Program, which is designed to recruit, develop and produce elite goaltenders in the United States.
Exter was a 2003 second-team All-Hockey East selection at Merrimack College and earned a spot on the league's 2001 All-Rookie team. He served as team captain his final year after a season as an assistant captain. He was the team's MVP in 2003 and won the Players Coach Award that season.
Following his collegiate career, Exter spent two seasons in the Pittsburgh Penguins organization, playing for the Wheeling Nailers in the ECHL.