This is the 12th 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.
Frank Anzalone became the sixth head coach in the history of the Johnstown Chiefs on July 22, 2005. The 51-year-old Anzalone returned to the ECHL after four seasons with Lake Superior State University, who he built into a national powerhouse during his first stint behind the bench in the 1980s.
Lake Superior made four NCAA tournament appearances in five seasons culminated by its first NCAA title in 1988 which earned Anzalone, who began his coaching career as an assistant at the school in 1982, both the NCAA and CCHA Coach of the Year awards. Anzalone is the winningest coach in school history with a 219-210-42 record in 11 seasons.
Following a season as head coach of Newmarket in the American Hockey League and a season with Nashville of the ECHL, Anzalone took over behind the bench for expansion Roanoke in the ECHL. He was 192-122-32 and led the Express to the postseason every one of his five seasons. He was head coach of Lowell in the AHL in 1998-99 before returning to the ECHL with Pee Dee where he was 53-25-5. Anzalone and his wife, Theresa, live in Johnstown with their son, Francis.