Former RPI hockey coach Appert to be named Rochester Americans head coach


Seth Appert is moving on to the pro hockey ranks.

The former RPI head coach has been named head coach of the Rochester Americans, the AHL affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres, by new Sabres general manager Kevyn Adams, according to a report in The Buffalo News.

A source with knowledge of the situation confirmed the report to The Daily Gazette. The Sabres are expected to make the announcement next week.

The 46-year-old Appert was head coach of RPI for 11 seasons, compiling a 152-221-48 record. He guided the Engineers to one NCAA tournament appearance, in 2011.

Appert was fired after going 8-28-1 in the 2016-17 season. Shortly after that, he was hired by USA Hockey to be its National Team Development Program head coach. With the NTDP, Appert has helped develop several high NHL draft picks. In last year’s NHL draft, a record 17 NTDP players, including eight in the first round. One of those players was the No. 1 pick in the draft, Jack Hughes, who was selected by the New Jersey Devils.

Before joining RPI, Appert was an assistant coach at the University of Denver for nine seasons. Denver won back-to-back NCAA titles in 2004 and 2005 while Appert was there.

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