2018 Olympic Coach to Lead Vermont Academy Hockey Team
2018 Men’s Hockey Olympic team performance coach and team leader Sean Braziel has accepted the head coach position for Vermont Academy hockey. Braziel comes to Vermont Academy having served as the performance coach for Team USA for the last four years. During his time with Team USA, he has won both a gold medal at the 2017 World Junior Championships and a bronze medal during the 2018 World Juniors. Coach Braziel has served as the development coach at the U.S. National Team Development Program in Plymouth, Michigan; the 2016 World Cup of Hockey featuring the best American-born NHL players; and a consultant to the Detroit Red Wings during the NHL combine and Draft.
Coach Braziel’s ability to select, assess, and lead teams has been evident from Youth Hockey through the NHL. He has worked with the NHL’s best talent and is credited with the development of many of today’s college and NHL players.
Braziel, a retired U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel and career Intelligence Officer, will also serve as the school’s Chief Operating Officer. His vast leadership, organizational management skills, and strategic planning capability are a welcome addition to Vermont Academy’s community. He is a graduate of MIT’s International Affairs program and the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza business school, and he holds an M.S. in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University in Washington, DC.
Vermont Academy is excited to welcome Coach Braziel and looks forward to continuing to build a premier hockey program.