Assistant Coach, U.S. National Under-17 Team
Phone: (734) 327-9251, ext. 313
John Gruden enters his third season as assistant coach at USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program.
Most recently, Gruden served as assistant coach for the U.S. Under-18 Select Team that claimed second place at the 2013 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament.
Prior to that, Gruden served on the coaching staff that helped lead the U.S. National Under-17 Team to a third place finish at the 2013 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge.
Gruden also helped coach the U.S. National Under-18 Team to a gold medal at the 2012 International Ice Hockey Federation Men’s Under-18 World Championship.
Prior to his time with the NTDP, Gruden was head coach and director of player personnel for the Oakland (Mich.) Junior Grizzlies AAA hockey team. The Virginia, Minn., native also was head coach at Stoney Creek (Mich.) High School (2007-10) and Brother Rice Prep School (2005-07) in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Prior to embarking on his coaching career, Gruden competed professionally for 10 seasons, with stops in the National Hockey League, American Hockey League, International Hockey League, and in Europe. He also represented the U.S. at the 2003 IIHF Men’s World Championship in Finland.
Gruden was a four-year standout at Ferris State University (1990-94). In 1993-94, he became the first NCAA Division I All-American in Ferris State Athletics history after being named to the American Hockey Coaches Association’s All-America Team. He was the first Bulldog in 12 years to receive Central Collegiate Hockey Association First-Team honors and finished as the runner-up for the CCHA’s Player of the Year Award.
Gruden played junior hockey for the United States Hockey League’s Waterloo Black Hawks where he was named Defenseman of the Year in 1990.