This is the 15th in a series of biographies on the head coaches of the 25 teams in the ECHL in 2005-06.
ECHL.com will post a different coach’s biography each weekday at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Rick Adduono was named head coach of the Pensacola Ice Pilots on September 6, 2005, replacing Dave Farrish who left the organization to become an assistant coach with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the National Hockey League. Adduono was head coach of Port Huron in the United Hockey League in 2004-05.
Adduono has coached six seasons in the ECHL with Greensboro and South Carolina. He helped South Carolina win the Kelly Cup in 1997 and again in 2001. He was head coach of South Carolina for four seasons after two years as an assistant coach and one year as a scout. His teams have posted 40 or more wins four times and have reached the Kelly Cup Playoffs five times, including 2003 when Greensboro reached the postseason for the first time in team history. He has a regular season ECHL record of 238-145-45 and is 23-17 in the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
Adduono was selected in the fourth round (60th overall) by the Boston Bruins in the 1975 National Hockey League Amateur Draft, and was selected in the second round (27th overall) by the San Diego Marineers in the 1975 World Hockey Association Amateur Draft. He played seven professional seasons, including in the NHL with Boston and the Atlanta Flames, and in 1977-78 tied for the American Hockey League scoring lead with 98 points (38g-60a).
Following his playing career, Adduono coached Thunder Bay in the United States Hockey League, winning four championships in five seasons including the Canada National Junior A Title Centennial Cup in 1992. Rick and his wife, Melanie, have two sons, Jayme and Jeffrey, and a daughter, Kristan.