PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Brabham Cup Champion Pensacola Ice Pilots announced that head coach and vice president of hockey operations Dave Farrish has announced his resignation to become an assistant coach with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim in the National Hockey League.
The 49-year-old Farrish will be reunited with lifelong friend Randy Carlyle, who was hired on August 1 as head coach of Anaheim. It will be the second coaching stint in the NHL for Farrish, who was an assistant coach for Herb Brooks with the New Jersey Devils in 1992-93.
“Randy Carlyle is a very good friend of mine. I’ve known him for 30 years,” Farrish told The Pensacola News Journal. “He approached me and asked me if I’d be interested in joining his staff. Getting to the NHL, that’s a great opportunity for any coach. It’s pretty hard to refuse that.”
In his first season in 2004-05, the Ice Pilots won the Brabham Cup and set team records for points (107), wins (51), home wins (26), road wins (25), consecutive wins (12) and consecutive home wins (9). The Ice Pilots became the sixth team in 17 ECHL seasons to win 50 games and the 15th team to reach 100 points.
Farrish has the highest career regular-season winning percentage among active ECHL coaches at .699 (237-94-29) and has a career postseason winning percentage of .421 (16-22).