Jeff Sauer is in his fourth year as head coach of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team. He has directed Team USA to gold medals at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and the 2012 International Paralympic Committee Ice Sledge Hockey World Championship in Hamar, Norway. In 2013, the U.S. squad collected the silver medal at the IPC World Championship in Goyang City, South Korea.
Additionally, Sauer has led the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team to titles at the 2012 World Sledge Hockey Challenge in Calgary, Alta., and the 2013 USA Hockey Sled Cup in Indian Trail, N.C.
Sauer has coached a wide array of U.S. teams throughout his career. He was the head coach of the U.S. Men's National Team at the 1995 International Ice Hockey Federation Men's World Championship in Stockholm, Sweden, and at the 1990 Goodwill Games in Seattle, Wash., along with serving as head coach for the U.S. Men's Select Team at the 1989 Pravda Cup in Leningrad, Soviet Union, and at the 1997 Tampere Cup in Tampere, Finland.
In addition, Sauer has helped select the last five U.S. Deaflympic Ice Hockey Teams, while leading the team as head coach in the last three Winter Deaflympics. Most recently, he guided the U.S. Deaflympic squad to a gold-medal finish at the 2007 Winter Deaflympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. Sauer also is currently a member of USA Hockey's International Council and Disabled Hockey Committee, and is president of the American Hearing Impaired Hockey Association.
Sauer’s illustrious 31-year NCAA Division I college coaching career featured 655 wins (seventh all-time) and two national championships, both of which came during his tenure with the University of Wisconsin (1983, 1990).
Sauer led Wisconsin to three NCAA Men's Frozen Four appearances, 12 NCAA tournament berths, five Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoff titles and two WCHA regular-season crowns in 20 seasons as head coach (1982-2002). He also spent 11 years (1971-82) as head coach of the men's ice hockey team at his alma mater, Colorado College, where he was twice named WCHA Coach of the Year (1972, 1975).
In 2011, Sauer was honored with the Lester Patrick Award for “outstanding service to hockey in the United States.” In 2000, Sauer was recognized with USA Hockey's Distinguished Achievement Award. Sauer was also named to the Wisconsin Hockey Hall of Fame in 2004 and received the John ‘Snooks’ Kelly Founders Award from the American Hockey Coaches Association for his contributions to the overall growth and development of the sport of ice hockey in the United States.