ROCHESTER (AP) — Lake Placid native and former National Sports Academy coach Chadd Cassidy has taken over as Interim Head Coach of the Rochster Americans of the American Hockey League.
Cassisdy, in his second season with the Amerks, was named to the position last week when former Amerks head coach Ron Rolston was named Interim Head Coach of the parent Buffalo Sabres.
Cassidy joined the Amerks as an assistant coach on August 31, 2011. The 2011-12 season marked Cassidy’s first in professional hockey after spending the previous five seasons (2006-2011) working alongside current Amerks Head Coach Ron Rolston in the same capacity with the U.S. National Under-18 Team.
In his first season in professional hockey, Cassidy helped guide the Amerks to a 36-26-10-4 record and a berth in the Calder Cup Playoffs. In addition to helping lead the Amerks to a second place finish in the North Division and a seventh seed in the Western Conference, Cassidy also played an integral role in the development of numerous young players. Eleven different Amerks were called up from Rochester to the Buffalo Sabres over the course of the season, with those players combining for 65 points in a total of 157 NHL games for Buffalo.
Cassidy joined the Amerks organization following five seasons as an assistant coach at USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program, culminating in a gold medal at the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Under-18 World Championships in Germany. During the 2010-11 season, he also led Team USA to titles in the 2011 Five Nations Tournament and in the 2010 Four Nations Cup. In addition, the U.S. National Under-18 Team posted a 12-9-1-2 (W-L-OTL-SOL) record in United States Hockey League play in 2010-11, helping the NTDP reach the USHL postseason for the first time.
During the 2009-10 campaign, Cassidy helped guide the U.S. National Under-17 Team to great