ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The Southern Professional Hockey League has announced that former ECHL player Derek Booth has been named Coach of the Year for 2004-05.
The award was determined in a vote of coaches, general managers and beat writers for each of the eight teams in the SPHL. Jim Bermingham, who also played in the ECHL, finished a close second in the voting.
In his first season as a head coach, Booth helped Fayetteville overcome an 8-12 start to finish with a 32-24 record to finish fourth in the league and qualify for the postseason.
In his first professional season in 1991-92, Booth scored 20 points (3g-17a) in 20 games with Toledo in the ECHL and 13 points (2g-11a) in 35 games with Phoenix of the International Hockey League. Booth played in the ECHL from 1991-2003 with Toledo, South Carolina and Peoria, finishing with 623 penalty minutes and 177 points (44g-133a) in 268 ECHL regular season games. He scored 31 points (12g-19a) and had 105 penalty minutes in 37 ECHL playoff games and in 1992-93 helped Toledo win the Riley Cup.
In his first professional season in 1992-93, Bermingham scored 17 points (8g-9a) in 18 games with Toledo in the ECHL and had two assists in 21 games with Adirondack of the American Hockey League. Bermingham played in the ECHL from 1992-2001 with Toledo, Wheeling, Huntington, Jackson and Pensacola, scoring 588 points (226g-362a) in 500 regular season games and 19 points (8g-11a) in 21 playoff games.