Could this end with Simon coaching the Gamblers? hmmm.
Simon Resigns as Head Coach & GM
February 28, 2008
The Des Moines Buccaneers announced today that Head Coach and General Manager Regg Simon has resigned effective immediately. Associate Head Coach Todd Knott will take over on an interim basis as Head Coach for the remainder of the season.
“I felt it was in my best interest personally and professionally to step down at this time.” Simon said. “I appreciate the opportunity the organization has given me and I wish them the best of luck in the future.”
Buccaneers President Shawn Edwards, who made the announcement to his staff this afternoon, said it was a “sad day for Buccaneers hockey”, and that “Regg is a special person”.
Simon was in his fifth season with the Buccaneers and his third as Head Coach & General Manager. Edwards said that Simon “took this organization to the next level and will certainly be missed.” He said that Regg is a “great talent in the coaching field with a bright future”. Edwards went on to say that he “understands Regg’s reasoning behind the decision”.
Todd Knott will be making his USHL Head Coach debut tomorrow night as the Bucs host the Chicago Steel. Knott, in his third season with the Bucs, has served as a Head Coach & General Manager in the past. During the ’04-’05 season Knott guided the Fargo-Moorhead Jets of the North American Hockey League to a division title.
EDIT: Just got this article in my inbox and am now posting it with this entry.
An article on Coach Simon resigning in the Elk River Star News.
The Register said Simon expressed concern about the team’s new ownership structure, which was announced Wednesday. Los Angeles real-estate developer Gil Peled bought majority ownership of the team from a group headed by Minnesota lawyer Brian Schoenborn.