Wednesday May 19 ,2010
The Augusta RiverHawks announced today that Brad Ralph has been named the franchise’s first Head Coach.
“On behalf of the entire organization, we are thrilled and honored to welcome Brad Ralph as our Head Coach,” said RiverHawks owner Bob Kerzner. “Brad brings with him a wealth of experience as a leader of men and we believe is the perfect fit for the RiverHawks organization. Diane and I look forward to many years of successful hockey with Brad at the helm.”
“I am so excited this time has finally arrived and I will once again get to take part in the game I love here in Augusta,” said Ralph. “Our team will be comprised of young, tough and hard-working players that are well-prepared and motivated to play hockey for the fans. While I enjoyed my playing career immensely, I am eager to begin this new phase. I look forward to approaching this new leadership role with the passion and tenacity I bring to everything I do.”
Ralph, 29, was a former team captain for the Augusta Lynx of the East Coach Hockey League. He was a second round draft pick of the National Hockey League’s Phoenix Coyotes and played in one game for the club. He had an eight-year professional career, playing 66 games in the American Hockey League. The rest of his career was spent in the ECHL with Mississippi, Augusta, Dayton, Columbia, and Charlotte.
Ralph demonstrated premier leadership abilities throughout his career. This culminated in him being named Player-Assistant Coach with the Columbia Inferno where he gained experience in team preparation and management.