Bob Janosz enters his eighth season as goaltending coach for the Rochester Americans organization, a role he previously held for four years with the Amerks from 2006 to 2009 before re-joining the team prior to the 2011-12 campaign. After working in the same capacity with the Florida Panthers for the 2010-11 season, Janosz was rehired by the Buffalo Sabres in August of 2011.
Janosz, 37, oversees the on-ice training, development and overall progress of the goaltending prospects within the Sabres system. Under Janosz’s guidance last season, Amerks goalie Nathan Lieuwen earned Team Rookie of the Year honors after posting a record of 17-11-2 with a 2.34 goals-against average, a .922 save percentage and two shutouts. He also made his NHL debut with the Buffalo Sabres, appearing in seven games. The two previous years, Amerks goalie David Leggio was voted as the team’s Most Valuable Player by his teammates, leading the AHL in wins and saves during that span.
During his previous stints with the team, Janosz also worked as a video coach and a strength/conditioning coach. Prior to rejoining the Amerks in 2011, Janosz worked as a Scout for USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program. He continues working for USA Hockey as a mentor for the Warren Strelow goaltending program and coaches and evaluates at the state and national camps. He also runs the Janosz School of Goaltending, conducting camps throughout New York State. Several of the goalies who have attended his camps have gone on to professional and collegiate careers.
Prior to his coaching career, Janosz, a native of Elma, NY, enjoyed a standout collegiate career at Canisius College in Buffalo. He went on to play two seasons of professional hockey from 1999-01, spending one year with the Muskegon Fury of the UHL and one with the Arkansas RiverBlades of the ECHL. Janosz also has a Master’s Degree in Physical Education and Health from Canisius College.
Janosz and his wife, Jenn, have a son, Reece.