Posted at: 07/15/2013 6:18 PM
By: Justin Granit
Chadd Cassidy no longer has the title, interim head coach. Now it is Amerks head coach.
It's a title that Cassidy badly wanted. Chadd Cassidy took over as Amerks' interim head coach back in February. Prior to that, Cassidy spent six and half years as Ron Rolston's assistant. After the season, Cassidy expressed he would prefer running his own bench in Rochester than join Rolston's bench in Buffalo. The Sabres granted that wish.
Fourteen years in the coaching ranks, from college to international to the AHL, the 40-year-old Cassidy now has the opportunity to make a name for himself. He joined the Amerks as Rolston's assistant for the 2011-12 season, and then in February, after Rolston made the leap to the NHL, Cassidy stayed put in Rochester to get an audition. He succeeded going 16-11-1 and taking the Amerks to the playoffs.
The lines of communication between the Sabres and Amerks will be strong. Side-by-side for six and half years, Cassidy and Rolston will now work apart, but will have the same focus, build the organization into a Stanley Cup franchise.
Former Amerk Chris Taylor will remain Cassidy's assistant. Taylor will coach the forwards. He has helped developed guys like Marcus Foligno, plus, he's got love for the city. Now that Cassidy has locked down the job, his next task is to take the Amerks to the next level.
Cassidy has been a head coach before. Four years at a prep school in Lake Placid.