Quinnipiac University associate head coach Reid Cashman is leaving his alma mater to take an assistant coaching position with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), according to multiple sources.
Cashman has been on Rand Pecknold's staff since the 2011-12 season. He played for Pecknold's Bobcats from 2003-07, wearing a letter on his uniform as a junior and senior. The Red Wing, Minn. native is the school's all-time career scoring leader among defensemen and holds the all-time mark for most assists by any player in school history.
Cashman played minor league hockey in the ECHL and AHL from 2007-2010 and finished his playing career in Austria before joining the coaching ranks. He spent the 2007-08 season with the Columbia Inferno in the ECHL, where he played for Bears head coach Troy Mann, who coached the Inferno from 2005-2008.
This move could have a ripple effect across the ECAC Hockey as possible replacements for Cashman could come from within the conference. Remaining on Pecknold's staff is fellow associate head coach Bill Riga and goalie coach Jared Waimon. Just last week, Quinnipiac announced it had extended Pecknold's contract through the 2020-21 season.
Update: Chip Malafronte of the New Haven Register has since reported that Joe Dumais will be Cashman's replacement, as had been speculated. Dumais played for the Bobcats from 2002-2006. It is likely Union will move to hire Sacred Heart assistant Joel Beal, who played for the Dutchmen from 2001-2005.