Dan Brennan, director of sled and inline national teams for USA Hockey, is serving as the general manager of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team for the sixth consecutive year. Last season, Team USA claimed its second-ever undefeated season with a 12-1-0-0 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record that culminated in the team’s third-ever world championship gold medal.
Since being named general manager in 2010, Brennan and Team USA have compiled a 49-5-5-15 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record while reaching the championship game of a major international tournament eight times in 10 tries. Overall, the U.S. has claimed five titles, including the 2012 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship in Hamar, Norway; the 2012 World Sled Hockey Challenge in Calgary, Alberta; the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia; the 2015 World Sled Hockey Challenge in Leduc, Alberta; the 2015 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship in Buffalo, New York; and the 2016 World Sled Hockey Challenge in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia.
Additionally, Brennan and Team USA earned runner-up finishes at the 2011 (Nov.) World Sled Hockey Challenge in Calgary Alberta; 2013 IPC Sled Hockey World Championship in Goyang, South Korea; and the 2013 World Sled Hockey Challenge in Toronto, Canada, as well as third-place finishes at the 2011 (Apr.) World Sled Hockey Challenge in London, Ontario.
Prior to being named general manager of the sled hockey team, Brennan served as the director of player personnel and team leader for the 2010 U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey Team that claimed the gold medal at the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver, British Columbia.
In addition to his role with the sled hockey team, Brennan has been involed with USA Hockey’s National InLine Team for the past 16 seasons, including the last nine (2006-15) as its general manager. Since joining the program in 1999, Team USA has claimed gold medals at one IIHF InLine Hockey Spring Cup in 1999 and three International Ice Hockey Federation InLine Hockey World Championships (Bad Tolz, Germany, in 2004; Karlstad, Sweden, in 2010; and Dresden, Germany, in 2013). Additionally, Brennan has helped Team USA to a silver medal at the 2001 IIHF World Cup of InLine Hockey in Ellenton, Florida, and a pair of bronze medals at the 2000 InLine Hockey World Cup in Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic and the 2003 World Cup in Pfaffenhofen, Germany.
Brennan began working with USA Hockey in February 1996 as the coordinator of coaching and player development programs. In 1999, he was named manager of the ice and inline coaching education programs before being elevated to his current role as director of sled and inline national teams for USA Hockey in 2013. In addition to oversees the USA Hockey National Inline and U.S. National Sled Hockey programs, Brennan manages the coaching education programs, including seminars and clinics, and assists with USA Hockey’s 30 diversity programs across the United States.
Brennan’s ice hockey coaching experience includes serving as an assistant coach for the Victoria Cougars of the Western Hockey League in 1989 and as head coach of the Coronado High School ice hockey team in Colorado Springs, Colorado, from 1992-96.
His ice hockey playing experience includes a four-year career at Colorado College (1982-86), where he served as team captain his final two seasons. Following his collegiate career, Brennan played professionally in Sweden for three years.