Varady named head coach in Tucson

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The Arizona Coyotes have named Jay Varady as the new head coach of the AHL’s Tucson Roadrunners.

Varady, 40, heads to Tucson after serving as head coach of the Ontario Hockey League’s Kingston Frontenacs in 2017-18. He led Kingston to a 36-23-6-3 record last season and a trip to the OHL’s conference finals.

“Jay is an excellent coach, teacher and a proven winner,” said Coyotes assistant general manager Steve Sullivan. “We are confident that he is the right coach to continue forming the culture that we are creating with the team. He will be a great leader and will continue to develop our prospects in Tucson.”

Prior to Kingston, Varady spent four seasons as head coach of Sioux City (USHL), posting a record of 136-88-16 and reaching the postseason three times. He has also been an assistant coach (2003-07) and associate coach (2007-11) in the Western Hockey League with Everett, and was head coach of Angers in France from 2011-13.