The Buffalo Beauts announced they’ve relieved head coach Ric Seiling and assistant coach Craig Muni of their positions with the team.
Seiling has served as head coach since the team’s inception and Muni joined prior to season two. His addition to the staff resulted in the team’s first Isobel Cup championship.
The pair have ushered the team to three consecutive championship games and guided the franchise through its purchase by Pegula Sports and Entertainment in late 2017.
Seiling broke the news on the broadcast of the Rochester Americans, where he serves as an analyst. Shortly after his announcement, the team issued the following release. Requests for comment have not been answered at this time.
Former Buffalo Sabre Cody McCormick will replace Seiling as the interim head coach, while general manager Nik Fattey will join the staff as interim assistant.
The news follows a tumultuous week in professional women’s hockey in North America. Conversations regarding ‘one league’ and the treatment of the athletes has been shunted to the the forefront as players and representatives become more candid in their comments.
The Beauts will take the ice less than 24 hours after losing the coaches. The matchup is pivotal for the club that is seeking to remain in the top half of the league in the standings.