The Atlanta Gladiators named Jeff Pyle as their head coach for the 2018-19 ECHL season on Friday. Pyle is returning to the Gladiators organization as he was the head coach of the Gwinnett Gladiators from 2003 to 2011. In 2005-06, he took the Gladiators to the Kelly Cup Finals where they lost to the Alaska Aces.
In eight seasons with Gwinnett, Pyle had a record of 309 wins, 210 regulation losses, and 57 losses in extra time. His 477 wins in the ECHL is the third most in league history, only behind former Toronto Maple Leafs head coach John Brophy and former Chicago Blackhawks defenseman John Marks.
In addition to coaching the Gladiators, Pyle coached the Mobile Mysticks for four seasons from 1998-2002 and the Evansville Icemen for one season from 2013-14. Other teams Pyle has been the head coach for are the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League, Bayreuth SV, Adendorf EC and Duisburg EV in Germany, and the Evansville Thunderbolts of the Southern Professional Hockey League.
As a player, Pyle reached as high as the American Hockey League where he played for the Binghamton Whalers during the 1981-82 season. He had one goal and one assist for two points in 16 games with 15 penalty minutes.
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