COYOTES NAME GREG IRELAND HEAD COACH OF SAN ANTONIO RAMPAGE
/ Arizona Coyotes
Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced that the Coyotes have named Greg Ireland as head coach of the San Antonio Rampage, the Coyotes’ American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate. Ireland has agreed to a multi-year contract, but terms were not disclosed per club policy.
“I have been impressed by the knowledge, passion and energy he brings to the table and feel he will do a great job for us in creating a winning culture in San Antonio and developing future Coyotes,” said Maloney.
Ireland has served as head coach of the AHL’s Grand Rapids Griffins for the last four seasons. He guided Grand Rapids to a record of 177-115-17-11 during his tenure with the club. The 177 wins were the 4th most by an AHL team from 2003-04 to 2006-07. During his time with the Griffins, 27 players were promoted from Grand Rapids to the NHL.
In 2004-05, Ireland coached Grand Rapids to a record of 55-20-1-4 to capture the MacGregor Kilpatrick Trophy for the AHL’s best regular season mark. The team’s 55 wins that season were the 3rd most in the history of the AHL as well as a franchise record.
The Griffins advanced to the AHL Western Conference Finals in 2006. Ireland guided his club past the Toronto Marlies, who were coached by current Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Paul Maurice, and the Manitoba Moose, who were coached by current Vancouver Canucks head coach and the 2007 NHL Coach of the Year Alain Vigneault that post-season.
Ireland was as an assistant coach of the Hamilton Bulldogs during the 2003 AHL playoffs during which the team advanced to the AHL Calder Cup Championship Finals before falling in a seven-game series.
Ireland served as general manager and head coach of the Dayton Bombers of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) from 1998-99 to 2002-03. He led the Bombers to a record of 175-134-47 during his five seasons with the club and guided the team to the 2002 ECHL Kelly Cup Finals. Over 90 Bombers’ players advanced from the ECHL to the higher AHL and International Hockey League (IHL) during Ireland’s tenure in Dayton.
Prior to coaching in professional leagues, Ireland spent six seasons as a head coach at the Junior A level and also coached junior lacrosse during five summers.