Derek Booth Named Coach of the Year

March 21, 2005 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) News Release

[Asheville, N.C.] – The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) announced today that Fayetteville FireAntz head coach Derek Booth has won the Coach of the Year award for the league.

Voting for the award was done by coaches, general managers, and beat writers of all 8 teams in the SPHL. Jim Bermingham, of the Knoxville Ice Bears finished a close second place.

Booth, in his first season as a head coach, led the FireAntz to a 32-24 record and a berth in the SPHL playoffs. After 20 games the FireAntz had a record of 8-12. Since that time they went 24-12 to finish in 4th place in the SPHL. The FireAntz gave up a league-low 158 goals. The 32 wins by the FireAntz set a new franchise record.

“I feel very honored to have been named Coach of the Year especially since the voting was done by my peers.” Booth said, “This really isn’t an individual award. Obviously my wife, Brenda, has supported me but the hard work of the players and the commitment by management put me in the right situation.”


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