Craig Desjarlais

Director of Developent

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The Loudoun Knights are pleased to announce that Craig Desjarlais will coach the 2020 Loudoun Knights 10U team.  This is an exciting year for the 10U squad, as it is one of two Loudoun Knights teams entering the Chesapeake Bay Hockey League (“CBHL”).  And adding a coach of Craig’s experience and dedication means that those players will play a competitive schedule, and enjoy an awesome development season.

Craig is also joining the Knights as the new Director of Development.  In that role, Craig will assist the Knights' Hockey Director with player development planning and execution, skills training, and player retention.

Craig brings a wealth of hockey playing and coaching experience to the Loudoun Knights.  Born and raised in Canada, Craig played junior hockey in the Greater Ontario Junior Hockey League before playing Division-I college hockey as a four-year letter winner at Bowling Green State University.   Craig left Bowling Green with a degree in Business Communications.  He then pursued a 5-year professional career with the New Orleans Brass (ECHL), Toledo Storm (ECHL), and Knoxville Icebears (SPHL).  Craig was named to Knoxville’s All-Time Franchise Team in 2012.

Craig has lived and worked in Loudoun County for the past 15 years.  He started his own business here, and remains President and CEO of that organization today.  And he has continued his hockey career as well.  Craig has over 20 years of experience combining coaching and instruction at some of the most established and successful hockey teaching academies in North America.  He has worked as Head Instructor at both the Huron and Turcotte hockey schools, as well as working with youth hockey programs at Bowling Green and Knoxville. He has served as Mid-Atlantic Region scout for the Boston Bandits (USPHL – NCDC). More recently he has turned his efforts to youth hockey in Virginia and Maryland, coaching nearly every level from Mite to Midget, including several trips to USA Hockey National Championships.

Craig became a US Citizen in July, 2017.  He is a USA Hockey Level-5 certified coach, and currently lives in Leesburg, Virginia with his wife Betsy and their two children Dylan (10) and Mia (9).

Please join us in welcoming Craig and his family to the Loudoun Knights!

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