Wednesday saw the appointment of Martin Grubb to the position by Ice Hockey UK’s Great Britain Programme Board, alongside Aaron Nell, coach of the Swindon Wildcats.
Having held the position of coach of the Solway Sharks since 1998, and having played a part in the GB set-up since 2013 as GB U18s head coach, the 41-year-old has a wealth of experience to draw on.
Upon being appointed, Martin said: “I am very proud to be a part of the GB U20 coaching staff and see it as a natural progression from the U18s.
“I’m looking forward to getting started. I am delighted to be working with Slava again and looking forward to working with Aaron, and I’m sure I will be able to use my experience and help the coaching team succeed.
“This year will be special as it will be in Dumfries and with the success I’ve had there with my club team, I want to be to be able to help transfer that to the national team.”
Previously, the Kirkcaldy-born coach has won multiple leagues and play-offs with the Sharks, winning both trophies last season as well as being named as the NIHL North Coach of the Year.
He also won the bronze medal at the U18 World Championship Division 2 Group A in 2015.
IHUK national development head coach, Tony Hand, said: “These are two great appointments and we now have a very strong coaching staff for the Under-20s.
“Martin has extensive experience in the Great Britain junior set-up and Aaron is an excellent up-and-coming coach who will complement the coaching team well.
“The GB Progamme Board are convinced this is the right trio to take the Under-20s forward.