Per Joy Lindsay:
— Joy Lindsay (@PSBJoyOnTheSens) May 22, 2012
After publically expressing his interest in the recently vacated Binghamton head coaching position earlier this month, Luke Richardson will be named as the new head coach of the Binghamton Senators.
At the time, he told the media:
“I told Bryan I’d like to pursue head coaching,” said Richardson. “I’ve learned a lot from Craig (Hartsburg), to Cory (Clouston) to Paul (MacLean) in a lot different ways.
“Even from all the years I played with all the different guys, there were things I liked about some guys or you were thinking I would do something different. You’re always thinking if you did have a chance, all the things you have learned and rolled it into one, that would be your philosophy. I would like to take a shot at being a head coach and that’s something I would like to pursue.”
Since retiring as a player after playing two games in the 2008/09 season, Richardson capped a 21-season NHL career and joined the Senators’ coaching staff as an assistant later that same season. He’s been an assistant with the coaching staff ever since.
According to Bruce Garrioch, Richardson’s decision to coach the Binghamton Senators is made easier by the fact that his daughter Morgan has accepted a scholarship and will be attending Colgate University, which is a 45-minute drive from Binghamton. (note: everyone else believes his daughter is attending Cornell.)
So there you have it, Luke Richardson everybody.
Update: 3:15 pm from Binghamton’s Press Conference
– Richardson inked a two-year contract to be the team’s new head coach.
– Assistant coach Steve Stirling and video coach Matt Meacham will remain with the organization in the same capacities.
– “I could have interviewed a hundred candidates and would have still came away with the decision that he was right.” ~ Senators assistant GM Tim Murray