David Quinn, who has coached the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL) for the last three years, was named to the Colorado Avalanche coaching staff on Thursday. Quinn will replace the recently departed Sylvain Lefebvre, who has left the organization to take the head coaching position for the Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL). The other Avalanche assistant coach, Adam Deadmarsh, stepped down to take another position within the organization last week. He has been replaced by Tim Army, who was formerly the club's video coach.
Quinn, who compiled a record of 115-94-7-20 with the Monsters, was previously an assistant coach under Jack Parker at Boston University (HE). A defensive minded coach, Quinn led the Monsters to their first and only playoff appearance during the 2010-11 season. He almost left the organization after the playoff run last spring when he interviewed for the Providence College (HE) head coaching job. The position eventually went to Nate Leaman.
Considering the Avalanche's propensity for promoting from within, it was no surprise to see Quinn named to the assistant coaching position after Lefebvre's departure. However, his absence leaves the Monsters seeking a new head coach. One would expect the position to be filled within the next few weeks.