Chadd Cassidy was named the 30th head coach in Rochester Americans history on July 12, 2013 after previously serving as interim head coach and assistant coach for the Amerks. After originally joining the Amerks as an assistant coach prior to the 2011-12 season, Cassidy was promoted to interim head coach on Feb. 20, 2013 when then head coach Ron Rolston moved up to the parent Buffalo Sabres before later being named head coach.
In his first full season as head coach of the Amerks, Cassidy guided the club to a record of 37-28-6-5 (85 points) and a berth in the American Hockey League’s Calder Cup Playoffs for the third consecutive year. An historic first season at the helm for Cassidy included leading the Amerks to a dramatic 5-4 shootout victory over the Lake Erie Monsters in the “Frozen Frontier,” the first-ever outdoor game in franchise history held at Rochester’s Frontier Field on Dec. 13, followed by an appearance in the prestigious Spengler Cup tournament in Davos, Switzerland, from Dec. 26-31. Over the course of the season, 16 different players spent time with both the Amerks and Sabres as Cassidy continued his role in developing NHL players for the parent club.
Upon being named the interim head coach during the 2012-13 season, Cassidy guided the Amerks to a record of 16-11-1-0 over the final 28 games of the regular season to earn a berth in the Calder Cup Playoffs. Rochester finished the 2012-13 campaign with a 43-29-3-1 record (90 points), good for second place in the North Division and seventh in the Western Conference. The Amerks also finished the regular season ranked second in the AHL in penalty killing (87.0%) and fourth in power-play efficiency (20.3%), making them the only team in the league to rank in the top four in both categories.
Cassidy first joined the Amerks when he was named as one of Rolston’s assistants on Aug. 31, 2011. The 2011-12 season marked Cassidy’s first in professional hockey after he spent the previous five seasons (2006-2011) working alongside 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 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 (NTDP), culminating in a gold medal at the 2011 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Under-18 World Championship in Germany. During the 2010-11 season, he also led Team USA to titles in the 2011 Five Nations Tournament and 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 (USHL) 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
international success. While serving as an assistant to Rolston, Cassidy helped lead Team USA to its first title at the 2010 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge since 2002. He also helped pilot the squad to a first-place finish at the 2009 Under-17 Four Nations Cup in Trnava, Slovakia. The U.S. National Under-17 Team finished with a 9-1-1-3 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record against international foes under Rolston and Cassidy’s watch. In August, Cassidy served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Under-18 Select Team that finished second at the 2010 Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament in Breclav, Czech Republic, and Piestany, Slovakia.
In 2008-09, Cassidy helped guide the U.S. Men’s National Under-18 Team to its fourth gold medal at the 2009 IIHF Men’s Under-18 World Championship in Fargo, N.D., and Moorhead, Minn. Additionally, he helped lead Team USA to a 15-1-0-1 (W-OTW-OTL-L) record against international opponents and a 13-13-1 record against college foes.
Cassidy also served as an assistant coach for the U.S. Men’s National Under-18 Team that earned the silver medal at the 2007 IIHF World Men’s Under-18 Championship in Tampere and Rauma, Finland.
Cassidy has been both an on-ice instructor and team coach at USA Hockey’s New York district camps and select festivals. In December 2005, he joined Rolston’s staff for the 2006 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Regina, Saskatchewan, where Team USA finished second in the 10-team event.
Prior to joining the NTDP, Cassidy served as the head coach for four seasons at the National Sports Academy in his hometown of Lake Placid, N.Y., where he posted a 124-71-15 record. His teams made the final of the Midwest Prep League playoffs every year in his tenure, and won the league championship in 2004.
Cassidy served as an assistant coach at State University of New York at Cortland from 1999-2001 and Potsdam State for the 2001-2002 season. A 1995 graduate of Cortland State, Cassidy earned his bachelor’s degree in recreation and leisure studies while playing on the varsity hockey team.
Cassidy, and his wife, Tara, have two children, Sheldon and Ireland.