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Joel Olofsson New Head Coach of the Men’s National Team!

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Updated: November 3, 2018
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We are happy to announce Joel Olofsson as the new head coach of the men’s national team.

Vince Faso will stay on as assistant coach and talks are underway with other potential staff members and they will be presented over time. There are also a few other changes to present.

Joel Olofsson is also currently the head coach of the Men’s U19 team and his dual roles will be coordinated to generate cohesion between the two teams. Adam Troy will be staying on as general manager and as the team prepares for the World Championships 2020 and the World Games 2021 in Birmingham, Alabama.

“I look forward to the challenges and exciting opportunities that lay ahead! Visibility, interest and the growth of floorball across the United States is at an all-time high and the World Games is the opportunity of a lifetime to show the U.S. and the rest of the world what floorball is all about”, says GM Adam Troy.

Joel Olofsson, who has been the assistant coach on the men’s team the last couple years, is excited to be taking the step up to become the head coach for the men’s team.

“It is a great honor and opportunity to continue the hard work that Stefan Hedlund has done with the team and to help grow floorball in the states. I am looking forward to moving the team forward towards the World Championships and ultimately the World Games in Birmingham”, says Joel Olofsson.

Joel Olofsson is based in Helsingborg, Sweden, where he works for the Swedish club FC Helsingborg and has experience coaching on the highest as well as youth level. He has also been the head coach for the MU19 U.S. team for several years. He sees no issues in heading up both national teams and in fact sees many benefits.

“I don’t see it as a challenge but as an opportunity to get more players ready to become men’s team players. We can prepare players for the men’s team already when they are on the U19 team. Both teams will share a common foundation and play structure making the transition from U19 to the men’s team smoother,” Joel Olofsson continues.

Beyond changing head coach, there will also be some additional changes as well. The player selection process is being reviewed with the goal of selecting more U.S. based players for future championships.

“I hope to recruit and train more U.S.-based players and make them ambassadors for the game in their home clubs and communities. This will hopefully show new generations that with hard work and dedication, they can become a player on the U.S. national team. ”

Another change will be the implementation of physical testing in the form of the Cooper Test that players will be expected to take on their own as well as at events. There are many websites and apps that cover the test. You can read more here.

Joel Olofsson has been contracted up to and including the World Games 2021, in Birmingham, Alabama which is the next big goal following the World Floorball Championships in Finland in 2020.

“Of course preparation for the World Games will remain a main goal in the coming years. That will be a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase floorball for a whole new audience in USA. As Americans, we don’t get a lot of chances to play big games on our home turf. The World Games in Wroclaw showed floorball at its best and the World Games in Birmingham will be a great opportunity to raise awareness of it in North America”, says Joel Olofsson.

Joel Olofsson will be at the Golden Gate Cup in November coaching the MU19 team as well as scouting players for both national teams.

A sign up form will be posted for players interested in being selected for the men’s national team. Both players that have been on the national team before as well as new players are encouraged to sign up using the new form once it has been posted.

Planning is also under way for camps around February or March in the U.S.. Information will be posted as soon as details are set.

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