Ron Rolston was the head coach of the Buffalo Sabres for 51 games during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. He spent two years as the head coach of Buffalo's AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans from 2011-2013. Rolston guided the Americans to a record of 79-55-13-5 in his two seasons on the bench as well as back-to-back berths in the Calder Cup Playoffs. Rolston spent the last two season within the Coyotes organization as a professional scoutin 2014-15 and head coach of their affiliate, the Springfield Falcons in 2015-16.
Rolston joined the Sabres' organization in 2011 after spending the previous seven seasons as a head coach with USA Hockey's National Team Development Program (NTDP), where he led the U.S. Under-18 team to three gold medals and a silver medal in four stints as head coach at the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Under-18 Championship, including the 2011 tournament in Germany.
Rolston joined USA Hockey after serving as an assistant coach at four different NCAA Division I hockey programs between 1990 and 2004, winning National Championships in 1992 and 1994 with Lake Superior State University. Rolston was an assistant coach at Boston College from 2002-04 and also served as the top assistant at Harvard University from 1999-2002 and as an assistant coach at Clarkson University (1996-99) and Lake Superior State University (1990-95).
In addition to winning two national titles at Lake Superior State, Rolston also helped guide the team to three straight appearances in the NCAA National Championship game and four CCHA tournament titles in his five-year stint. He was elevated to associate head coach for the Lakers in 1994.