|New Amerks coach Chuck Weber shares a laugh with Rochester owner Curt Styres after being named the 28th coach in franchise history. (Photo Credit: Dave Sturm)
SUNRISE, Fla. – Florida Panthers Executive Vice President & General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the club has hired Chuck Weber as the head coach of the Panthers American Hockey League affiliate, the Rochester Americans. He becomes the 28th head coach in the history of the Rochester franchise.
“We are very pleased to have hired Chuck as our new head coach in Rochester,” said Tallon. “He is a bright hockey mind, who created a winning environment in Cincinnati over the last four seasons, leading his club to a pair of ECHL titles. Chuck is a high character and hard working coach who will do an excellent job developing and working with our top prospects in Rochester.”
Weber, 37, previously served as the Vice President of Hockey Operations & Head Coach of the Cincinnati Cyclones (ECHL) for the last four years. The Lockport, New York native led his club to the ECHL conference finals in three of his four years at the helm, capturing the ECHL Kelly Cup title in 2008 and 2010. With the victory to secure the 2010 Kelly Cup, Weber won his 45th career Kelly Cup playoff game. He passed former Alaska Aces coach (and current St. Louis Blues head coach) Davis Payne with that total for most by a coach in any four-year period in ECHL history. Weber was named ECHL Coach of the Year in 2007-08, after finishing second in voting in 2006-07.
Prior to joining the Cyclones, Weber served as an assistant coach and assistant director of hockey operations with the Utah Grizzlies (ECHL). Weber began his coaching career during the 1999-2000 season as an assistant with the Orlando Solar Bears (IHL). In just his second season (2000-2001) as an assistant coach, he was part of the Turner Cup championship team in the league’s final season. The following year (2001-2002), Weber was the assistant coach with Trenton (ECHL), and the Titans posted the ECHL’s second-best record (46-16-10). In 2002-2003, Weber served as an assistant coach with the Milwaukee Admirals (AHL). During his year with the Admirals, Weber helped direct the team to a 32-27-14-7 record.
Weber, a 1995 graduate of the University of Albany, majored in communications and had minors in athletic training and business. He was also a member of the Great Danes hockey program.
Chuck Weber’s Head Coaching Statistics:
|SEASON ||TEAM ||LGE ||GC ||W ||L ||T ||SOL ||W% ||FINISH |
|2006-07 ||Cincinnati ||ECHL ||72 ||37 ||29 ||0 ||6 ||.556 ||Lost in Conf-Semis |
|2007-08 ||Cincinnati ||ECHL ||72 ||55 ||12 ||0 ||5 ||.799 ||Won Championship |
|2008-09 ||Cincinnati ||ECHL ||72 ||41 ||26 ||0 ||5 ||.604 ||Lost in Conf-Finals |
|2009-10 ||Cincinnati ||ECHL ||72 ||44 ||25 ||0 ||3 ||.632 ||Won Championship |
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