By Kristy Shonka
© 2005 The Augusta Chronicle
AUGUSTA, Fla. – As new Augusta Lynx coach Bob Ferguson says, there are two ways to coach:
You can coach not to lose, or you can coach to win.
Ferguson chooses the latter approach for every game he coaches, and he expects his players to mimic that philosophy. So that’s the type of player he’s pursuing this off-season.
“I don’t think you can wait until you’re two weeks into the season and see what type of personnel you have and then try to build a character,” Ferguson said Tuesday morning. “I think the personality and character of the team needs to start now in the off-season, putting the pieces together.”
Ferguson was named the Lynx’s sixth coach May 16. On Tuesday, he was finally introduced to a contingent of about 70 Lynx fans at a news conference at Wild Wing Cafe. He spent the week between those two events evaluating last year’s Lynx team, contacting players from that team and looking for players who are willing to buy into his philosophy.
It shouldn’t be a hard sell given Ferguson’s successful 23-year coaching career, which spans three leagues. The two-time ECHL Coach of the Year didn’t miss the playoffs with any of those teams and holds a 780-461-90 record. He’s the only coach in ECHL history to earn the coaching award twice; he won it in his first two seasons with the expansion Florida Everblades.