July 27, 2004
PROVIDENCE, RI - Brown University head men's ice hockey coach Roger Grillo has been named the head coach of the 2004 United States Under-18 Select Team, in an announcement made by USA Hockey. The U.S. Team will compete in the Under-18 Junior World Cup, to be held August 10-15 in Piestany, Slovakia; and Breclav and Hodonin, Czech Republic.
The competition will host Under-18 Select Teams from Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States. Joining Grillo on the coaching staff are Kenny Rausch, an assistant coach at UMass-Lowell, and Darren Turcotte, the head coach and general manager of the Southern Ice Lightning.
Grillo, a USA Hockey Level 4-Certified Coach, enters his eighth season behind the Brown bench this fall. He became the 14th head coach in Brown Hockey history prior to the 1997-98 season, and was named a finalist for the Spencer Penrose Memorial Trophy, College Hockey's National Coach of the Year Award. He was also the runner-up for ECAC Coach of the Year after guiding the Bears to a fourth place finish in the ECAC standings in his first year at Brown.
During the past three seasons, the Bears have seen similar success, while advancing to the ECAC Playoffs in all three years, and to the 2003 ECAC Championship for the first time since 1994. Since 2001, Grillo has guided Brown to an impressive 26-11-8 home record, including a 10-2-5 during the 2002-2003 season and a 25-8-7 record since January 12, 2002. Last season, the Bears finished in third place in the ECAC with a 13-7-2 record, their highest finish since 1995's second place finish.
Under his watchful eye, Brown has produced its first-ever Hobey Baker Finalist in Yann Danis '04, two All-Americans, four major ECAC Award recipients, two major Ivy Award recipients, five All-ECAC performers, 14 All-Ivy selections, and one Academic All-American. In 1998, Damian Prescott '98 scored 25 goals, the most offensive production by an individual Bear in more than 20 years. Defensively, his team cut down its 1997-league leading penalty minutes, spending 345 fewer minutes in the box in 1998. In 1999, the squad matched its penalty minutes of the previous season, and remained near the bottom of the league in committing infractions.
Roger and his wife, Wanda, live with their 9-year-old son, Dominic, in North Kingstown, RI.