Former Augusta Lynx player Brad Ralph will be introduced today as the first coach of the Augusta RiverHawks minor league hockey team, according to a person with knowledge of the hiring.
The RiverHawks have yet to officially reveal the identity of the new coach, but general manager Gilles Richard has called a news conference for 2 p.m. today at Somewhere in Augusta to formally introduce the coach. Ralph is expected to be present.
Richard confirmed last week that the team had finalized its head coaching decision after a three-month-long search.
"It's going to be a good, good fit," Richard said. "He had a lot of competition, but the way he studies the game and his approach was exactly what we were looking for."
Ralph, a 29-year-old native of Canada now living in Columbia, played 44 games for the Lynx as a center and was named the team captain during the 2002-03 season.
He was drafted by the Phoenix Coyotes in the second round of the 1999 NHL Draft. Most of his playing days came in the ECHL. Ralph played one game in the NHL during the 2000-01 season and 66 games in the American Hockey League. Ralph's final year in the minors was the 2008-09 season, when he played 28 games for the ECHL's Charlotte Checkers.
The RiverHawks, a Southern Professional Hockey League expansion team, are scheduled to begin their inaugural season Oct. 22 at James Brown Arena.