The Spokane Chiefs will introduce their new head coach at a news conference on Wednesday (June 30). That news conference will begin at 1 p.m.
Yes, Don Nachbaur is the Chiefs’ new head coach.
Nachbaur resigned last week as head coach of the Binghamton Senators, the AHL affiliate of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators. He spent the previous six seasons as head coach of the WHL’s Tri-City Americans. He also has coach the WHL’s Seattle Thunderbirds.
While Nachbaur was coaching in Binghamton, his family remained in Richland, Wash., and his son, Daniel, played bantam hockey in Spokane.
During Nachbaur’s five seasons with the Americans, they developed a fierce rivarly with the Chiefs. So his signing with Spokane could take that rivalry to a whole new level.
Nachbaur takes over from Hardy Sauter, whose two-year regular-season record as head coach was 91-45-3-5. After Spokane lost a first-round series to the Portland Winterhawks in seven games, the Chiefs chose not to pick up the option season on Sauter’s contract.