ECHL Coach’s Biography
Frank Anzalone, Johnstown Chiefs

This is the 12th in a series of biographies on the head coaches of the 25 teams in the ECHL in 2006-07. will post a different coach’s biography each day.

Frank Anzalone became the sixth head coach in the history of the Johnstown Chiefs on July 22, 2005. In his first season back in the ECHL after four seasons at Lake Superior State University, Anzalone led the Chiefs to a 30-26-16 record and a return to the Kelly Cup Playoffs where Johnstown swept defending Kelly Cup champion Trenton in the first round before being eliminated by North Division champion Toledo.

The 52-year-old is 299-209-57 in nine ECHL seasons, ranking fourth in career wins and career games behind John Brophy (480 wins and 878 games), John Marks (466 games and 918 wins) and and Jeff Brubaker (317 wins and 670 games), and he has led his teams to the postseason seven times.

Anzalone built Lake Superior State into a national powerhouse during his first tenure 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.