Augusta's Brad Ralph Named SBK Coach of the Year

March 31, 2011 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) News Release

CHARLOTTE, NC - The Southern Professional Hockey League on Thursday announced that Brad Ralph of the Augusta RiverHawks has been selected as the SBK Coach of the Year in a vote of coaches and media representatives.

Columbus's Jerome Bechard finished second in the voting while Mississippi's Steffon Walby was third.

In his first season as a head coach, Ralph led Augusta to a 35-21 record and a second place finish in the standings. Under Ralph's leadership, the RiverHawks set a new SPHL record with 18 road wins, surpassing the previous record of 17 set by Jacksonville in the 2004-2005 season. Augusta's 11-game winning streak is also tied for second longest in SPHL history, one shy of Richmond's 12-game streak set in the 2007-2008.

SPHL Coach of the Year Award Winners

2010-11 - Brad Ralph, Augusta RiverHawks

2009-10 - Steffon Walby, Mississippi Surge

2008-09 - Scott Hillman, Knoxville Ice Bears

2007-08 - Rick Allain, Jacksonville Barracudas

2006-07 - John Marks, Fayetteville FireAntz

2005-06 - Jerome Bechard, Columbus Cottonmouths

2004-05 - Derek Booth, Fayetteville FireAntz

The SPHL will announce its Most Valuable Player on Friday.

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