This is the 14th in a series of biographies on the head coaches of the 25 teams in the ECHL in 2006-07.
ECHL.com will post a different coach’s biography each day.
Rick Adduono is in his first season with Long Beach, having been named head coach and general manager on July 11, 2006.
He is in his seventh season coaching in the ECHL having previously coached Greensboro, Pensacola and South Carolina, which won the Kelly Cup championship in 1997 and 2001 with him behind the bench. 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. Greensboro set team records with 42 wins and 93 points, a 39-point increase from its previous season which was the fourth-largest point increase in ECHL history.
He ranks sixth among ECHL coaches in career wins and has had over 60 players that have been called up to the American Hockey League. Adduono has a regular season ECHL record of 259-189-42 and is 23-17 in the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
He coached Port Huron in the United Hockey League to a 34-40-6 record in 2004-05. 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 Mariners 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). He won three Allan Cups in six seasons as a player with Thunder Bay from 1983-88.
Following his playing career, Adduono coached Thunder Bay in the United States Hockey League, winning two Anderson Cup championships, two Central Canada championships and the Canada National Junior A Title Centennial Cup in 1992.
Rick and his wife, Melanie, have two sons, Jayme and Jeffrey, a daughter, Kristan, and a grandson, Cohen.