This is the 25th and final in a series of biographies on the head coaches of the 25 teams in the ECHL in 2006-07.
Glenn Patrick is in his second season as head coach of the Wheeling Nailers, having been named on August 18, 2005.
In his first season behind the bench, Wheeling was 45-21-6 and finished second in the North Division, one point behind Toledo. The Nailers returned to the Kelly Cup Playoffs and beat Reading in the division semifinals before losing in five games to Toledo in the division finals.
Patrick was head coach of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League from 1999-2003 and led the team to the Calder Cup Finals in 2001 before working two years as a scout for the Pittsburgh Penguins. Patrick began his career in 1982-83 with Peoria of the International Hockey League and returned behind the bench in 1997-98 as an assistant coach for Syracuse of the AHL, leaving after two seasons to become head coach of Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
He began his professional playing career in the Central Hockey League with Kansas City in 1970-71 and advanced to the National Hockey League with St. Louis in 1973-74. He played 38 games in the NHL with St. Louis, the California Seals and the Cleveland Barons and played in the World Hockey Association with the Edmonton Oilers. He was a member of the U.S. National team in 1970 and 1978 and played in the world championships in 1978.
Patrick comes from a long line of family members who have worked in professional hockey.
His brother, Craig, was vice president and general manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins from 1989-2006, leading the team to two Stanley Cup championships, one Presidents Trophy and five division championships, and was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001.
His grandfather, Lester, was one of the legendary builders of the game serving as head coach and general manager of the New York Rangers, who he led to three Stanley Cup Championships.
His father, Lynn, was an NHL All-Star with the Rangers and later was the team’s head coach before becoming general manager for the Boston Bruins and the St. Louis Blues.