Bucktooth, who is from the Onondaga Nation near Syracuse, believes there are many other qualified Native people, including Nolan, who would be more than capable of holding down coaching jobs in other pro sports.
Bucktooth admitted he didn't have an ideal relationship with Smash owner Howard Dolgon, who is also the team's general manager.
"I want to come back and redeem myself and the team," said Bucktooth, who has numerous coach-of-the-year and other accolades from his previous coaching stints with both box and field lacrosse teams in the Syracuse area.
Bucktooth was a bit surprised he ended up with the Smash this season.
Though he's disappointed his team didn't win more games, Bucktooth enjoyed the '99 season.
Bucktooth, who works for a power utility company in Syracuse, was expecting to hear by early May whether he would be rehired by the Smash.
Bucktooth had considered an offer to play for the United States national under-18 team this season.
But, in the end, Bucktooth decided the OHL would be best for his development.
"To play for any OHL team has been my goal since I was about seven years old," Bucktooth said.
Though he never attended an OHL contest, Bucktooth kept up on league events by watching as many games as possible on television.
"He's somebody I really looked up to," Bucktooth said of the NHL superstar.