Cassidy named Amerks full-time head coach

LAKE PLACID – Chadd Cassidy has been named the full-time head coach of the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League.

The announcement naming Cassidy as the 30th head coach in Amerks’ franchise history was made late Friday afternoon by Darcy Regier, general manger of the Buffalo Sabres, Rochester’s NHL parent club.

Cassidy was hired by the Amerks prior to the 2011-12 season as the assistant coach to Ron Rolston, and then took over the head-coaching reins on an interim basis this past February when Rolston was promoted to the Sabres’ top job.

After replacing Rolston, Cassidy posted a 16-11-1 record with the Amerks and led the team into the Calder Cup playoffs.

Chadd’s father Rik, who lives in Saranac Lake, received news of the full-time promotion through a text message from his son. After getting the word, Rik responded with another text.

“He told me it’s official, and I told him ‘You sound a lot better since you got the interim removed from your job,” Rik Cassidy said. “I’m sure it’s a relief for him. He’s been waiting a while.”

After the season ended, Cassidy had a long wait to see what his role would be in the Amerks-Sabres relationship. There had been speculation that Cassidy may move up to join Rolston behind the bench as a Sabres assistant.

“I’m sure it’s relief for Chadd. It’s been a while,” Rik said. “Going to Buffalo was a consideration, but I think if he had his druthers, he would have preferred staying as Rochester’s head coach. He likes it there. I think he wants a full season, or a few seasons to make his mark.”

Before joining the Rochester Amerks, Cassidy spent time coaching at his alma mater SUNY Cortland, Potsdam State, the National Sports Academy in Lake Placid and the United States National Team Development Program.