After deciding against changing the General Manager, the Buffalo Sabres have also decided to stay the course behind the bench. Ron Rolston will be announced as the 16th Head Coach in Sabres history. The announcement will be made at an 11:00 press conference which will be carried live on WGR.
Rolston took over as interim coach on February 20th after Lindy Ruff was fired with the Sabres tied for 11th place in the Eastern Conference at 6-10-1.
Rolston guided the Sabres to a 15-11-5 record in his 31 games but the team still ended up tied for 11th after the lockout shortened season.
He joined the organization in 2011 when he was hired to coach the Rochester Americans. In less than two full seasons with the Amerks, Rolston compiled a 63-44-17 record.
The Sabres may feel Rolston, who is considered a strong teacher of the sport, is the right man for the job as they rebuild their roster. There could be a number of young players on the roster next season who will need to develop their game.
Prior to joining the Sabres organization, Rolston spent seven years as Coach of the U.S. National Team Development Program and also coached the U.S. team in the World Junior Championships in 2007 and 2009.
Rolston was also an assistant coach on the collegiate level at Lake Superior State, Clarkson, Harvard and Boston College.