Tom Rowe Named San Antonio Rampage Head Coach

In an added bit of news after a tumultuous morning in South Florida, Florida Panthers Assistant GM/San Antonio Rampage GM Mike Santos announced this afternoon that Tom Rowe has been named the new head coach of the San Antonio Rampage, replacing Peter Horachek who was named the new interim head coach of the Panthers earlier today after the firing of Kevin Dineen.

While there was some speculation that former Rampage head coach Chuck Weber may return to the bench, he instead will continue to maintain his current position with the team as associate head coach and director of hockey operations.

“We are excited to welcome Tom to the organization,” said Santos in a press release sent out by the team. “He is an experienced and well-respected coach and we expect this to be a seamless transition. Both Tom (Rowe) and Chuck (Weber) will work together to ensure that our prospects continue to develop in a winning environment in San Antonio.”

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Florida Panthers Fire Kevin Dineen, Peter Horachek Named Interim Head Coach

After an underwhelming 3-9-4 start to begin their 2013-2014 campaign, Florida Panthers’ General Manager Dale Tallon announced on Friday that the team has fired Head Coach Kevin Dineen after just over two seasons with the club.  In addition to Dineen, both assistant coaches Gord Murphy and Craig Ramsay have also been relieved of their duties.

“After 16 games it was clear that our team needed a change in philosophy and direction,” said Tallon in the team’s press release. “We have not met the expectations that we set forth at training camp and it is my responsibility to make the necessary changes to ensure that our club performs at its maximum potential. We thank Kevin, Gord and Craig for their hard work and dedication to our organization and the professionalism that they displayed throughout their tenure.”

Praised for helping end the Panthers’ 12-year playoff drought in just his first year with the club, Dineen had since coached the team to an abysmal 26-40-16 record in his 82 last games.

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