Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
In deciding to step away at the end of his two year contract with the Ottawa organization, Kurt Kleinendorst is now in the job market.
And while he has no regrets, and it seems no worries, he also has no idea who will be the next coach in Binghamton.
But he does have a preference.
Admitting yesterday he has no vote in the process, Coach K also said he feels the best man for the job is the man that's still here: his assistant coach from last season, Steve Stirling.
"I'm not ashamed to tell you that I've already gone to bat for Steve. He did a great job for me, and I have a lot of respect for Stirls. It's not like he doesn't have the credentials. If I had a vote, I'd certainly give it to him. But ... it's going to be up to Ottawa and what they want to do. But I've got to believe that he's in the mix."
Kleinendorst says he's hoping for a head coaching job, somewhere, adding that's what he's done almost exclusively for the past 20 years.
But he didn't rule out being an assistant.
Stirling has said he's interested in the job here, but will be one of several candidates for the job.