USA Hockey tabs Badgers' Eaves to lead squad

Updated: April 12, 2006, 2:42 PM ET

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- USA Hockey on Wednesday named Mike Eaves the coach of the American men's national team for next month's International Ice Hockey Foundation World Championship.

Eaves, who guided Wisconsin to its sixth NCAA title on Saturday, led the U.S. to its first gold medal at the 2004 IIHF World Junior Championship. In 2002, he also guided the American Under-18 team to its first gold.

Eaves will be assisted by Keith Allain and Jay Leach at the World Championship, which will take place May 5-21 in Riga, Latvia. Allain is the St. Louis Blues' goaltending coach, while Leach is an assistant with the Washington Capitals.

"Mike is one of the outstanding young coaches in our game today," said Team USA general manager Paul Holmgren, also the assistant GM of the Philadelphia Flyers. "He's an excellent teacher of the game and has worked successfully with players at all levels of hockey."

Eaves is 88-60-19 in four seasons with the Badgers.

"It's truly a thrill to be asked to coach the U.S. men's national team," Eaves said. "I'm looking forward to the challenge."