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Behind the ECHL Benches – Brad Ralph


Brad Ralph was named the fourth head coach of Idaho’s ECHL history on June 23, 2012. In his first season with the Steelheads in 2012-13, he led the club to the second most wins and points since joining the ECHL in 2003-04 and to a spot in the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2010.

Prior to joining Idaho, Ralph spent two seasons as the head coach of the Augusta RiverHawks of the Southern Professional Hockey League, where he went 71-33-8. He was named the league’s Coach of the Year in 2011 following his first season as a head coach and nearly captured a second consecutive award in 2011-12, just missing out in one of the closest votes in SPHL history, after his team led the SPHL with a 36-13-7 record.

Ralph played professional hockey from 2000 to 2009, skating in the ECHL, American Hockey League, and playing one game for the NHL’s Phoenix Coyotes during the 2000-01 season. He also spent time playing professionally overseas, playing one season in Italy and one season in Denmark. He posted career-best 53-point seasons in 2004-05 and 2006-07 as a member of the ECHL’s Columbia Inferno. A well-rounded forward as a player, Ralph was named the Defensive Player of the Year for the AHL’s Springfield Falcons in 2001 and the Offensive Player of the Year for the Inferno in 2005. During his final pro season, 2008-09, he doubled as a player and assistant coach for the Charlotte Checkers. He was a second-round NHL draft pick of the Coyotes in 1999 and played major-junior hockey for the Oshawa Generals of the Ontario Hockey League.

A native of Richmond, Ontario, Ralph and his wife, Wendy, have one daughter.


Coaching Record


Reg. Season




Playoffs


Season
Team

Gms.
W
L
T

Gms.
W
L
2010-11
Augusta (SPHL)

56
35
20
1

9
4
5
2011-12 Augusta (SPHL)   56 36 13 7   3 1 2
2012-13 Idaho Steelheads (ECHL)
  72 45 20 7   17 9 8
2013-14 Idaho Steelheads (ECHL)   72 39 26 7   11 5 6
  ECHL Totals
  144 84 46 14   28 14 14