Last Wednesday, Team USA named their 2021 World Junior team coaching staff. It has a little wrinkle to it, as Theresa Feaster becomes the first woman to be named to the U.S. junior team coaching staff.
Feaster, the daughter of former NHL general manager Jay Feaster, is making her first appearance as a member of the U.S. National Junior Team coaching staff as the video coach. When the 2020-21 season gets underway, whenever that is, Feaster will be entering her ninth season at Providence and fifth season as the director of hockey operations for the men’s program. Before joining head coach Nate Leaman’s staff full-time in 2016, she was working at Providence as a graduate assistant. She broke barriers at Providence as Feaster became one of two women to work as full-time hockey staff members for Division I men’s hockey teams.
When Feaster first began working for Coach Leaman and his staff during the 2012-13 season, she was tracking time-on-ice and other in-game statistics. She also served as the coordinator of the team’s involvement with Team IMPACT. In her current role, Feaster will be responsible for providing video and statistical support and analysis for the coaching staff.
“We’re extremely fortunate to have an experienced coaching and support staff in place,” said John Vanbiesbrouck, general manager of the national junior team and assistant executive director of hockey operations for USA Hockey in a press release.
Feaster will be joined by Ted Donato, Kris Mayotte and Steve Miller. Miller, along with Feaster, assisted Leaman at Providence.