Olie and Stu Say "Thanks But No Thanks" To Ams Coaching Job

Olie and Stu Say "Thanks But No Thanks" To Ams Coaching Job
Just a few days ago, Tri-City Americans head coach Don Nachbaur resigned from the team so he could take the head coaching job with the AHL's Binghamton Senators.

That actually put the Ams in a tough spot, since they've only got about 5 weeks before players start arriving in town for training camp.

Americans general manager Bob Tory said he's planning to interview 5 candidates and that he hopes to have a new head coach in place by the beginning of August.

A couple of interesting candidates for that job could be Ams co-owners Olaf Kolzig and Stu Barnes.

Barnes became an assistant coach with the Dallas Stars last year, and Kolzig says he's leaning towards retiring.

So, we asked them if they were in the running for the job.

Kolzig says, "Uh, no, I know myself pretty good, I just don't have the patience to be a coach...I'm pretty good at knowing my faults and that's one of them and so I'll let somebody else do that job."

Barnes adds, "Yeah, that's a question that's come up a few times this week, but, you know, I've got commitments in Dallas and we're pretty settled in there right now, so, for now, I think I'll stay down there and stay with that and I'm afraid if I came back and the team started losing that everybody would blame it on me, so I better stand aside and let it go as it is."

Those 2 made it pretty clear they aren't in the running for the job.

There's no word yet about who is on the short list...but, the buzz is that assistant coach Terry Virtue will be considered.