RiverHawks hockey team to introduce first coach

New team is expected to be led by former Lynx player

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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.

Brad Ralph played for the Augusta Lynx during the 2002-03 season. He is expected to be named the Augusta RiverHawks coach during a news conference at 2 p.m. today.  File/Staff
Brad Ralph played for the Augusta Lynx during the 2002-03 season. He is expected to be named the Augusta RiverHawks coach during a news conference at 2 p.m. today.

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.

Who is he?

NAME: Brad Ralph

AGE: 29

PLAYING HISTORY: Drafted in the second round (53rd overall) by the Phoenix Coyotes in 1999 ... Played seven ECHL seasons, including one (2002-03) for the Augusta Lynx ... Played three seasons in the AHL.

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hockeymann 05/18/10 - 09:58 pm
Excellent choice..Brad Ralph

Excellent choice..Brad Ralph was a favorite with fans here when playing
with the Lynx...This was "leaked" at the Riverhawks' Boosters Club Meeting tonight, to a pretty good crowd there, and the news was very
well received...Gen. Mgr. Gilles Richard was featured speaker tonight at
the meeting, and revealed a number of other good things about the new team...There will also be Riverhawks' radio play-by-play, and a Coach's Show at "Somewhere in Augusta"...The new ownership team is really
going all out to do things right here...

Riverman1 05/18/10 - 10:39 pm
Hockey play-by-play on the

Hockey play-by-play on the radio. That should be interesting. An "event" followed by 5 minutes of analysis.

hockeymann 05/19/10 - 01:28 am
It can be very interesting,

It can be very interesting, Riverman...The Lynx had three different
very good announcers (out of the 5 they had total)...Glad you're so
enthusiastic about it...What's your favorite?..Curling???

Wrapper 05/19/10 - 05:57 am
An Excellent Choice! I must

An Excellent Choice! I must say I didn't see it coming but from his background I think he will be a great fit for the Team.

jkight@ecisd.org 05/19/10 - 12:06 pm
We are so happy for Brad and

We are so happy for Brad and his family and want to wish him all the best as he begins his new career. With all his talent and expierence he will be a great asset to the team!
With much love, good wishes and God's blessings to all!!
From: Honey & Jan in TEXAS :)

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