The Binghamton Senators have found their man. Signing a two-year deal, the new head coach for the B-Sens will be Kurt Kleinendorst. Who is Kleinendorst? What will he bring to Bingo? Will he last more than one season? Read on to find out.
Kleinendorst, 49, was the head coach of the USA Hockey National Team Development Program’s under 18 team which captured gold at the 2010 IIHF U-18 World Hockey Championship. Before joining the USA NTDP U-18 team, Kleinendorst spent nine seasons with the New Jersey Devils organization where he wore many hats. He was a member of the Devils scouting staff for five seasons, a NHL assistant coach for one season (2000-01), and was most recently the head coach of the AHL Lowell Devils from 2006 to 2009.
Kleinendorst left his post at the USA NTDP U-18 team to return to where he wants to be, the pro game. Known as a teacher and great communicator, Kleinendirst knows how to develop youth and get the most out of them. Having been in hockey his whole life, his passion for the game can be seen in his knowledge of pro teams and players. Kleinendorst knows his job is to develop players for Ottawa, but he believes the best way to do so is in a winning environment. His goal will be to get the best out of players and to create a winning culture.
Having gone through three head coaches in the last two seasons, Binghamton needs to establish stability with its coaching staff. Don Nachbaur resigned as he wanted to be closer to his family, who didn’t move with him when he was hired. The good news is Kleinendorst and his whole family are moving with him to upstate New York. Hopefully with his family support, exciting young prospects and a chance to make a name for himself in the Sens organization, Kleinendorst will be around for awhile.
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