Longtime Penn State men’s hockey Director of Operations Alex Dawes has been added to the coaching staff for the 2022 Winter Olympics. USA Hockey announced the full coaching and support staff on Thursday morning. Dawes will serve as video coach during the Olympics set to run February 4 through February 20 in Beijing, China.
“It is an honor to be invited to work with the men’s national team on the Olympic stage,” Dawes said in a press release. “I can’t thank Coach Gadowsky and the Penn State administration enough for supporting me in this opportunity.”
Dawes will be responsible for producing scouting reports, pre and post-game meeting video packages and will be assisting in all areas of hockey technology while in China.
Previously Dawes had held similar positions with the U.S. Women’s National Under-18 Team, winning a gold medal at the 2016 IIHF World Championships, and most recently with the U.S. Men’s National Junior Team, earning a silver medal at the 2019 IIHF World Junior Championship in Victoria/Vancouver, British Columbia.
“This incredible privilege and the honor is extremely well earned; Dawesy is a high quality individual that is highly regarded in the hockey community and has been a consistent example of the premier standard of work ethic and commitment over the years,” said Penn State coach Guy Gadowsky. “All of us involved with Penn State Hockey are extremely proud of Alex and wish him and Team USA the very best of luck at the Olympics!”