TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Tucson Roadrunners General Manager Steve Sullivan announced today that Head Coach Mike Van Ryn is leaving the Roadrunners to pursue an NHL coaching opportunity. The Roadrunners will begin a search for a new head coach immediately.
Van Ryn will become an assistant coach for the St. Louis Blues, the team that he broke into the NHL with as a player in 2000.
"On behalf of the entire organization, I'd like to thank Mike for everything that he did for the Roadrunners last season," said Sullivan. "We wish him and his family all the best in the future."
Last season, the 39-year-old Van Ryn led the Roadrunners to the Pacific Division title after posting a regular season record of 42-20-5-1. The Roadrunners were defeated by the Texas Stars in the second round of the Calder Cup playoffs.