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Originally Posted by Woodhouse View Post
Rolston played juniors in the NAHL with the St. Clair Shore Falcons. Jeff Jackson was his head coach in 1984-85, with Chris Luongo among his teammates. Jackson is currently the head coach at Notre Dame, while Luongo was the head coach at UAH from 2010-12.

Rolston continued playing collegiately at Michigan Tech, where Mel Pearson was an assistant and Randy McKay, Jamie Russell and Davis Payne were among his teammates. Currently: Pearson is the head coach at Michigan Tech; McKay a former volunteer assistant at Michigan Tech; Russell an assistant at Providence College and former head coach at Michigan Tech; and Payne an assistant with the LA Kings and former head coach with St. Louis and Peoria-AHL.

Rolston was hired by his former coach Jeff Jackson as an assistant at LSSU in 1990-91. Jim Roque and Paul Pooley were also assistants in Rolston's three-season tenure and among the players coached were Jim Dowd, Doug Weight, Doug Laprade, Brian Rolston, Bates Battaglia and John Grahame. Currently: Roque is the head coach at LSSU; Pooley an associate at Notre Dame and former head coach at Providence College; Dowd retired; Weight an assistant with the NYI; Laprade an assistant at LSSU; B.Rolston retired; Battaglia retired (and Amazing Race winner); and Grahame retired.

Rolston next joined the staff at Clarkson as an assistant in 1996-97, reuniting with Jim Roque. Mark Morris was the head coach in Rolston's three-season tenure and among the players coached were Todd White, Jean-Francois Houle, Chris Clark, Philippe Roy, Chris Bernard, Erik Cole, Willie Mitchell and Kent Huskins. Currently: Morris is the head coach of Manchester-AHL; White retired; Houle a head coach with Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (QMJHL); Clark a development coach with Columbus; Roy an assistant at Clarkson; Bernard a head coach at SUNY-Potsdam; Cole active; Mitchell active; and Huskins active.

Rolston then joined the staff at Harvard as an assistant in 1999-00. During his three-season tenure, Mark Mazzoleni was the head coach and Nathan Leaman an assistant, while among the players coached were Dominic Moore. Currently: Mazzoleni is an assistant at St. Norbert College and former head coach at Green Bay (USHL); Leaman a head coach at Providence College and former head coach at Union; and Moore active.

Rolston next joined BC as an assistant in 2002-03. During his two-season tenure, Jerry York was the head coach and Jimmy Logue and Mike Cavanaugh assistants, while among the players coached were Andrew Alberts, Patrick Eaves, Stephen Gionta, Peter Harrold, Ben Lovejoy and Brian Boyle. Currently: York is the head coach at BC; Logue an assistant at BC; Cavanaugh an assistant at BC, but soon to be UConn head coach; Alberts active; Eaves active; Gionta active; Harrold active; Lovejoy active; and Boyle active.

Rolston then joined the USNTDP program as a head coach, alternating between the U18 and U17 teams over seven seasons. Among the assistants were Nate Leaman, John Lilley, Chadd Cassidy, Patrick Foley, Joe Exter and Matt Greason. Rolston also assistant-coached at the WC with Scott Gordon, Todd Richards and Joe Sacco one year. Currently: Leaman, as previously noted, is head coach at PC; Lilley a scout with Toronto; Cassidy an interim head coach with Rochester-AHL; Foley an assistant at Northeastern; Exter an assistant at Ohio State; Greason a head coach at Trinity College; Gordon an assistant with Toronto; Richards a head coach with Columbus; and Sacco a former head coach with Colorado. Also, some of the notable players coached were mentioned in this article from his interim hiring:

* Followed by the obvious Rochester, interim Buffalo and permanent Buffalo head coach jobs.
** Included active players in addition to those in coaching for possible UFA/trade consideration.
Thanks. I knew about who the HC's were he'd worked under, just hadn't done much digging to find the other assistants. I doubt NCAA lifers like Jackson or York take an NHL assistant position, but some of the other guys might just be in Rolston's interview queue. I still want fresh, non-Sabre blood for his staff. Enough with the nepotism, get some new eyes, minds and voices in there.

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