Mike Ayers, former goaltending coach at USA Hockey's National Team Development Program (NTDP), is in his first season as assistant coach on Jerry York's staff. He was hired on May 29, 2013.
Prior to his arrival at The Heights, Ayers completed his second season as goaltending coach with USA Hockey's National Team Development Program in 2012-13. He most recently served as the goaltending coach for the silver-medal winning U.S. Under-18 Team at the 2013 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Under-18 Championship. Ayers previously served as the goaltending coach for the gold medal-winning Under-18 Team at the 2012 IIHF Men's World Under-18 Championship in the Czech Republic. He was closely involved in goaltender scouting and selection for the U.S. national team that competed in 2013 World Junior Championships in Russia.
Ayer's responsibilities at the NTDP included planning, designing and executing the regular on-ice practices for goaltenders at the NTDP, as well as scouting and evaluating the nation's top goaltending prospects (ages 15-20).
In addition to his duties at the NTDP, Ayers is the coordinator of the revolutionary Warren Strelow National Goaltending Mentor Program, which is designed to recruit, develop and produce elite goaltenders in the United States.
Before his time with the NTDP, Ayers spent two seasons (2009-11) as the goaltending coach at St. Cloud State University of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Prior to the 2009-10 campaign, he served as goaltending coach for the Iowa Chops, the American Hockey League affiliate of the National Hockey League's Anaheim Ducks.
A four-year standout goaltender at the University of New Hampshire, Ayers earned USA Hockey College Player of the Year honors in 2003 as well as American Hockey Coaches Association All-America second-team honors. Ayers played in 102 games from 2000-04 and compiled a record of 58-25-12.
Ayers, a native of Hingham, Mass., enjoyed a four-year professional hockey career (2004-08) in the American Hockey League, East Coast Hockey League and in Europe.