Ohio State vs. Miami in first-round action in Pittsburgh
Teams close first half of schedule this weekend
Teams meet Friday and Saturday in East Lansing
Teams meet Friday and Saturday in Bowling Green, Ohio
Squads meet in non-conference series
Ohio State 6, Lake Superior State 1
Joe Exter began his tenure with the Ohio State hockey program in 2011-12 after serving as an assistant coach at USA Hockey's National Team Development Program for four four years. In addition to coaching at the NTDP, Exter has served on the U.S. staff for the prestigious World Junior Championship and also has been behind the bench with the USHL's Cedar Rapids RoughRiders and at American International College.
Exter was on staff with Ohio State head coach Mark 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 reprised his role as an assistant coach in 2012, helping guide the squad to bronze, its third-consecutive medal.
Exter was the first full-time goaltending coach at USA Hockey's National Team Development Program. 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. 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 three IIHF World Men's U18 Championships. He was an assistant coach for U.S. squads that captured gold medals at the tournament in both 2009 and 2010, 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.
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