Appert also coached RPI, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, from 2006 to 2017. In that time, he had a record of 152–221–48, only making the NCAA tournament once.
Over the course of two decades in coaching, Appert has helped develop 23 players that went on to make the NHL, including former Sabres defenseman Erik Burgdoerfer, goalie Jason Kasdorf, and forward Jerry D'Amigo.
Appert will have big shoes to fill in Taylor, who had the Amerks in position to make the playoffs for the third year in a row before the 2019-20 season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
An announcement of the hire is expected to come from the Sabres some time next week.
Lysowski also reports that former NHL forward Alex Tanguay, now an assistant coach with the Iowa Wild of the AHL, was a candidate for the Amerks' opening.