PRINCETON, N.J. – The Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the American Hockey League have named former Charlotte assistant coach David Baseggio as the third head coach in team history.
The 37-year old Baseggio began his professional coaching career with Charlotte working as an assistant coach in 2000-01 before being named as Bridgeport’s assistant coach. He helped the Sound Tigers reach the Calder Cup Finals in 2002 and in 2003-04 the team set team records for goals-against average, fewest goals allowed and highest penalty-killing percentage. Bridgeport also had a league record 20-game unbeaten streak (17-0-3) in 2003-04 as Baseggio was selected to be an assistant coach for the PlanetUSA Team in the 2004 AHL All-Star Classic.
Other former ECHL coaches who are head coaches for AHL teams are former Toledo coach Claude Noel, who is head coach of Milwaukee; former Roanoke Valley coach Roy Sommer, who is head coach of Cleveland; former Dayton coach Greg Ireland, who is head coach of Grand Rapids; former Richmond and Virginia coach Dave Allison, who is head coach of Iowa; former Roanoke coach Scott Gordon, who is head coach of Providence and Don Granato, who is associate head coach of Peoria.
Other former ECHL coaches in the AHL are former Nashville and Johnstown coach Nick Fotiu, who is an assistant with Hartford; former Mobile assistant coach Matt Shaw, who is an assistant with Houston; former Johnstown coach Scott Allen, who is an assistant coach with Lowell; former Jacksonville and Trenton coach Bruce Cassidy, who worked as an assistant coach with Norfolk in 2004-05; former Trenton assistant coach Kjell Samuelsson, who is an assistant coach with Philadelphia; and former Columbia head coach Scott White, who is now director of hockey operations for Iowa.
For the 16th consecutive season in 2004-05, an ECHL player is a member of the Calder Cup Champion and the ECHL had affiliations with 23 of the 28 teams in the AHL in 2004-05.