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Notre Dame's Jeff Jackson discusses 2021-22, recruiting with the transfer portal, his career on TRL podcast

Longtime Irish coach also discusses the retirement of Boston College coach Jerry York, beginning the National Team Development Program, coaching in major juniors and the NHL and more

Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson stands with his arms crossed behind the Irish players on the bench during a game at Compton Family Ice Arena
Notre Dame coach Jeff Jackson stands behind the bench during a game at Compton Family Ice Arena in South Bend, Ind.
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Jeff Jackson has had a variety of coaching experiences in his career. Jackson has been the head coach for Notre Dame since 2005 and recently helped the Irish play in the NCAA Division I men's hockey tournament for the 13th time in his tenure. Before that, he was an assistant coach for the New York Islanders (2003-04) and the head coach of the Guelph Storm (2000-03) of the Ontario Hockey League. Jackson helped create the United States National Team Development Program in 1997 and worked for USA Hockey through 2000. Before that, he was the head coach at Lake Superior State (1990-96) after spending four seasons as an assistant coach for the Lakers (1986-90). He discusses his career and a variety of topics with The Rink Live's Jess Myers and Mick Hatten.


2:00 Compton Family Ice Arena at Notre Dame, which was opened in 2011

3:30 Making an NCAA regional championship game after competing for the Big Ten title

6:30 Recruiting to Notre Dame


9:00 The challenges of the transfer portal, keep your own players, not being a fan of it

12:00 Thoughts on Boston College coach Jerry York and his retirement

15:30 Coaching the senior national team, the World Junior Championships team and starting the National Team Development Program for USA Hockey

19:00 The relationship between the Notre Dame football and hockey programs

25:00 Coaching in major junior hockey in Guelph and for the New York Islanders

29:00 Eden Prairie's Michael Graham's career ending due to injuries, moving forward as an undergraduate assistant coach

Mick Hatten is a reporter and editor for Forum News Service and helps manage TheRinkLive.com, a website dedicated to hockey. He began working for Forum Communications in November 2018 and has covered St. Cloud State University hockey since 2010. A graduate of St. Cloud State, he has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist and has been a youth hockey coach since 2014. mhatten@forumcomm.com

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