Joe Exter
Joe  Exter

Cranston, R.I.

Assistant Coach

Alma Mater:
Merrimack, 2003


Buckeyes and Falcons Set to Meet Tuesday

Instate foes to face off in Bowling Green


Buckeyes Open Campaign with Home-and-Home Series vs. No. 2 Miami

Teams will meet Friday in Columbus, Saturday in Oxford


Buckeyes Kick Off 2013-14 with Exhibition Game vs. Toronto Saturday

Teams will meet at 3:05 p.m. in Value City Arena


Buckeyes Back in Action at Three Rivers Classic

Ohio State vs. Miami in first-round action in Pittsburgh


Buckeyes Host No. 5 RedHawks in Two-Game Series in VCA

Teams close first half of schedule this weekend


MHKY vs. Lake State

Ohio State 6, Lake Superior State 1

Joe Exter was an assistant coach for the Ohio State hockey program for seven years, from 2011-12 through 2016-17. Prior to joining the Ohio State staff, he served as an assistant coach at USA Hockey's National Team Development Program for four years. In addition to coaching at the NTDP, Exter served on the U.S. staff for the prestigious World Junior Championship and also was behind the bench with the USHL's Cedar Rapids RoughRiders and at American International College. During the 2012-13 season, Exter coached Buckeye goaltender Brady Hjelle to First Team All-America accolades, the first Ohio State player named to the first team since 1998 and just the third first-team selection in program history.

Exter was on staff at the World Junior Championship in 2010, `11 and `12. The 2010 squad won gold, while the squad won bronze in 2011, the first time Team USA won back-to-back medals in the event.

The first full-time goaltending coach at USA Hockey's National Team Development Program, Exter's 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. Exter 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 on the coaching staff of the U.S. Men's National Under-18 Team for four IIHF World Men's U18 Championships. He was an assistant coach for U.S. squads that captured gold medals at the tournament in 2009 and `10 and `11, along with the bronze-medal squad in 2008.

Prior to joining USA Hockey, Exter spent the 2006-07 season with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the United States Hockey League, where he was responsible for the team's defensemen and goaltenders, as well as overseeing scouting and recruiting efforts.

In 2005-06, Exter served as an assistant coach for American International College where he was responsible for recruiting, defensive coverage and special team strategy, along with development of the defensemen and goalies and game film evaluation. He began his coaching career as an assistant at Cushing Academy, his alma mater.

Exter was a 2003 second-team All-Hockey East selection at Merrimack 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.

Exter earned his bachelor's degree in political science from Merrimack in 2003. He is married to Erin Van Bruggen, who also attended Merrimack. The couple has one son, Maxwell, who was born in February 2012.