In 2022, David Quinn was named head coach of the San Jose Sharks.
Quinn had most recently served as head coach for Team USA at both the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing and 2022 World Championship. Quinn guided Team USA to a fourth-place finish at the World Championship and helped lead the youngest team in the Olympics to a perfect preliminary round record before suffering a shootout loss in the quarterfinals.
Quinn was previously head coach of the New York Rangers, a position he held until 2021. Prior to that, he spent five-years as the head coach at Boston University. During those five years at the helm of the Terriers, Quinn led the greatest turn around in program history as the team appeared in four consecutive NCAA Tournaments. Collecting 105 wins over the course of his BU head coaching career, Quinn captured two Hockey East Tournament Championships and two Hockey East Regular Season Championships.
Year in and year out, Quinn was a candidate for the Spencer Penrose award given to the best coach in Division 1 Hockey, an award for which he was voted runner-up during the 2014-15 season. Prior to joining the Boston University staff, Quinn was an assistant with the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche, spent three years as the Head Coach of the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters, and was an assistant at Boston University where he helped the team capture a National Title in 2009. He was also an Assistant Coach for the U.S. Women’s Hockey Team at the IIHF World Championships and was part of the United States National Team Development Program.
Quinn is known as a leader in player development at all levels of hockey and has contributed to the careers of many current NHL players and future league stars.
Prior to beginning his coaching career, Quinn was selected 13th overall by the Minnesota North Stars in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft but elected to enroll in college instead. Quinn played collegiate hockey at Boston University for four seasons (1984-88) and won a bronze medal while representing the United States at the 1986 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Off the ice, Quinn has been a strong supporter of cancer research, losing his father to the disease in 2010. He is also an advocate for hemophilia awareness, which he was diagnosed with at the age of 20. The disease cut his playing career short and opened the door to coaching and teaching.