Canisius head hockey coach Dave Smith is leaving to take the job at Rensselaer Poyltechnic Institute, according to numerous media reports.
The Schenectady Daily Gazette reports a news conference is scheduled for Thursday. College Hockey News reported an agreement has been reached and terms were being finalized, while ESPN anchor John Buccigross reported Smith was getting a five-year deal.
Smith would replace Seth Alpert, who was fired by the Troy school a month ago. He posted a record of 152-221-48 over 11 seasons.
Smith just finished his 12th season at Canisius and guided the Griffs to their first-ever regular-season title in the Atlantic Hockey Conference. He won the AHC coach of the year award and is a finalist for the national honor. Smith took Canisius to its lone NCAA tournament appearance in the 2012-13 season.
RPI plays in the ECAC and went 8-28-1 this season. The Engineers last made the NCAA tournament in 1995. Other finalists for the job were UMass assistant Ben Barr, Quinnipiac assistant Bill Riga and Oswego head coach Ed Gosek.
Smith's departure puts both Western New York Division I teams in the coaching market. Niagara has been seeking a coach since firing Dave Burkholder on March 13.