Everything Old is New Again: Kurt Kleinendorst is the New Binghamton Senators Head Coach
Bingo's Calder-winning coach is back behind the bench
The Ottawa Senators have announced their new head coach in the AHL, and it's a familiar face: Kurt Kleinendorst.
Kleinendorst was behind the bench for the 2011 Calder Cup run (conveniently available to be re-lived thanks to our own Jeff Ulmer's three part series), but departed after the 2011-12 season to pursue career opportunities outside of the organization.
Since leaving Binghamton, he spent a year as the head coach for University of Alabama in Huntsville, a season and a bit as the head coach of the Iowa Wild (Minnesota's AHL affiliate), and last season as the head coach of ERC Ingolstadtin in Germany's Deutsche Eishockey Liga.
At the time of his departure he was viewed as a solid player development coach, with many of the players that he coached in Bingo exceeding expectations in the AHL and making their way to the big club.
Speaking to TSN 1200, Kleinendorst called his decision to leave Bingo one of the worst of his career.