Originally created 06/20/00

Lynx to announce new coach

Who will be the next coach and director of hockey operations for the Augusta Lynx?

The answer comes today at a 3 p.m. news conference, where the team is expected to introduce former Roanoke Express coach Scott Gordon as their man.

While the team has remained tight-lipped about who will be the successor to Dan Wiebe -- who guided the Lynx the past two seasons -- all signs seem to point to Gordon.

Last week, an official with an ECHL team, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Gordon was the Lynx's leading candidate. On Monday, however, the source could not confirm whether or not Gordon is headed to Augusta.

A former U.S. Olympic goaltender, Gordon guided the Express to two East Coast Hockey League Northeast Division championships and the best overall record in the Northern Conference title in 1998-99 in his two seasons with the team.

When reached by phone at his Atlanta home Monday, Gordon declined to comment on his status.

"I guess you'll just have to wait until (Tuesday)," Gordon said. "It will be a surprise."

Gordon is one of three candidates the Lynx were considering.

Lynx general manager Paul Gamsby confirmed last week that assistant coach Ron Filion was one of them but would not disclose the name of the other.

A source close to the situation, who requested anonymity, said the third candidate was believed to be former Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets coach Tom Watt, a 25-year coaching veteran currently working as development coach for the NHL's Calgary Flames.

The 36-year-old Gordon, a native of South Easton, Mass., posted a record of 82-42-16 in two seasons with the Express but could not come to terms with the team on a contract for next season.

Last week, Roanoke named assistant Perry Florio its head coach.

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