Behind the ECHL Benches – Rod Aldoff, Norfolk Admirals

Rod Aldoff enters his first season as the Admirals’ head coach after being named to the position on June 6, 2016. Aldoff, 45, makes his ECHL head coaching debut after spending the past three seasons at the helm of the Pensacola Ice Flyers of the Southern Professional Hockey League. In three seasons with the Ice Flyers, Aldoff captured two SPHL championships as well as the 2013-14 Coach of the Year award. On Jan. 1, 2016, he became the franchise’s all-time winningest coach. In his three seasons with the Ice Flyers, Aldoff led the club to a regular-season record of 101-51-16 and a playoff record of 14-3.


Aldoff joined Pensacola after coaching in the Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL). In three years at the helm of the Wisconsin and Minnesota Wilderness franchise, he led his club to three Bill Salonen Cup SIJHL regular season and playoff championships. In three seasons he amassed a 145-15-8 overall record while twice being named of SIJHL Coach of the Year as well as one Gary Cook Memorial Award for league Executive of the Year. A native of Lethbridge, Alberta, Aldoff also guided Team Canada West to a win at the Canadian Junior Hockey League Prospects Events in Nova Scotia in November 2012.


Aldoff had a 15-year professional playing career as a defenseman in both North America and Europe, including parts of five seasons skating in the ECHL.


Coaching Record

Reg. Season



Gms W L T
2013-14 Pensacola (SPHL) 56 38 13 5 7 6 1
 2014-15 Pensacola (SPHL) 56 32 18 6 3 1 2
2015-16 Pensacola (SPHL) 56 31 20 5 7 7 0