This is the second 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.
Bob Ferguson returned to the ECHL on May 16, 2005 when he was hired as the sixth head coach in Augusta history.
The 49-year-old Ferguson was head coach of the Florida Everblades for the team’s first three seasons. He was named Coach of the Year after Florida finished 45-20-5 in 1998-99, the second-best record by an ECHL expansion team. In their second season the Everblades were 53-15-2 and set league records for wins and points (108), winning percentage (.771) and road wins (25). Ferguson was again named Coach of the Year, making him the only two-time recipient in the 17-year history of the ECHL.
He began his professional coaching career in the International Hockey League in 1995-96 with the Indianapolis Ice. He led the team to a division championship in 1996-97 and was 127-98-21 in three seasons before leaving for Florida. Ferguson is 263-159-36 as a professional coach and 780-461-90 overall behind the bench, leading his teams to the postseason in each of his 23 seasons. Ferguson coached his first 14 seasons in the United States Hockey League and returned to the USHL from 2001-04.
His teams won the USHL postseason title five times and the regular season title five times. Ferguson was named Coach of the Year five times and General Manager of the Year five times. He was selected in the 10th round (163rd overall) by the New York Islanders in the 1974 NHL Entry Draft and was also selected in the ninth round (125th overall) in the 1974 World Hockey Association Amateur Draft. He played six professional seasons, finishing with 298 points (130g-168a) in 261 games.