Report: Sabres hiring Seth Appert as Amerks head coach

August 14, 2020

The Buffalo Sabres made a bunch of firings in July and Rochester Americans head coach Chris Taylor was one of those who lost his job. The team has already, reportedly, replaced Taylor with Seth Appert, formerly of the United States National Development Program.

More breaking #Sabres news: Seth Appert, formerly of the USA Hockey National Development Program, has been hired as head coach of the Rochester Americans.

Details at the link below, including two other candidates:

— Lance Lysowski (@LLysowski) August 14, 2020

In the last two years, Appert has coached both the U.S. National Under-17 Team and the Under-18 Team at the NTDP. In that time, the Under-18 team won the Five Nations Cup and finished first in the USHL regular season in 2018-19.

Appert also coached RPI, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, from 2006-2017. In that time he had a record of 152–221–48, only making the NCAA tournament once.

Over the course of two decades in coaching, Appert has helped develop 23 players that went on to make the NHL, including former Sabres Erik Burgdoerfer, Jason Kasdorf, and Jerry D'Amigo.

Appert will have big shoes to fill in Chris Taylor, who had the Amerks in position this season to make the playoffs for the third year in a row.

Lysowski also reports that former NHL forward Alex Tanguay, now an assistant coach with the Iowa Wild of the AHL, was a candidate for the Amerks opening.