BUFFALO, N.Y. -- After relieveing head coach Lindy Ruff of his duties, Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier announced Ron Rolston will serve as the team's interim head coach for the remainder of the 2013 season.
Rolson, 46, was serving as head coach of the Sabres' AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans, when he was promoted.
Rolston was in his second season at the helm of the Rochester Americans in 2012-13 after being named the 29th Head Coach in the history of the Amerks franchise on July 27, 2011.
Rolston guided the Amerks to a record of 36-26-10-4 (86 points) and a berth in the Calder Cup Playoffs after finishing seventh in the Western Conference and second in the North Division in his first season in the professional ranks. Rolston became just the eighth coach in Amerks history to win at least 35 games in his first full season behind the Rochester bench.
In addition to leading the Amerks to the postseason, Rolston and his staff were instrumental in the development of numerous players, as eleven different Amerks were recalled to the Buffalo Sabres over the course of the season, combining for 65 points in 157 total games with Buffalo. Of those 11 players, eight made their NHL debut this season and five scored their first NHL goals, including left wing Marcus Foligno, the Amerks' Rookie of the Year who was named the NHL Rookie of the Month for March.
Rolston joined the Amerks in 2011 after spending the previous seven seasons as a head coach with USA Hockey's National Team Development Program (NTDP), where he led the U.S. Under-18 team to three gold medals and a silver medal in four stints as head coach at the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Under-18 Championship, including the 2011 tournament in Germany.
Rolston joined USA Hockey after serving as an assistant coach at four different NCAA Division I hockey programs between 1990 and 2004, winning National Championships in 1992 and 1994 with Lake Superior State University. Rolston was an assistant coach at Boston College from 2002-04 and also served as the top assistant at Harvard University from 1999-2002 and as an assistant coach at Clarkson University (1996-99) and Lake Superior State University (1990-95).
In addition to winning two national titles at Lake Superior State, Rolston also helped guide the team to three straight appearances in the NCAA National Championship game and four CCHA tournament titles in his five-year stint. He was elevated to associate head coach for the Lakers in 1994. Rolston's younger brother, 17-year NHL veteran Brian Rolston, was a member of the 1992 and '93 squads that Ron helped coach.
A native of Fenton, Mich., Rolston attended Michigan Tech University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in business management and was a three-year hockey letterman with the Huskies (1986-89), serving as an alternate captain during his senior season. Rolston was the co-recipient of the Norbert Matovich Memorial Award as Michigan Tech's most outstanding freshman in 1986-87.
Rolston and his wife, Shannon, have two children, Maeve and Ronan.