The Norfolk Admirals of the 2012/2103 season will have a lot of new players for the fans at Scope. The coaching staff, however, may have you scratching your head a bit. You may ask yourself “Where have I seen these guys before?”, I swear they look familiar. Well lets put an answer to those questions and comments. The coaching staff consists of former Admirals. Trent Yawney was the Norfolk Admirals first head coach, before moving on. His assistant is Marty Wilford. Marty was a former player for the Admirals. Rounding out the coaching staff is the addition of Mike Haviland as an associate coach. Haviland took over the head coaching duties when Yawney moved on from the Admirals.
Trent Yawney served as the head coach of the Admirals from 2000-05. While he was behind the bench the Admirals went 189-144-42-25, qualifying for the Calder Cup Playoffs in each of his five seasons. The Admirals took back-to-back South Division titles in 2001-02 and 2002-03 and Trent named ‘Minor Pro Coach of the Year’ by the Hockey News after the 2003-04 season. Yawney was rewarded for his success in Norfolk by being named as the head coach for the Chicago Blackhawks from 2005-2007. In 2008 Yawney moved on to the San Jose Sharks as an assistant coach from 2008-11. During his time with the Sharks, the team made two Western Conference Final appearances in 2010 and 2011. They also won the Presidents Trophy in 2009. In 2012 Trent returned to the AHL as the bench boss of the Syracuse Crunch.
Marty Wilford is entering his second year of coaching duties. He spent last season serving as an assistant to Trent Yawney with the Syracuse Crunch. Prior to coaching Marty had a 14 year playing career as a defenseman. he spent the 2010-11 season with Fassa HC in Italy playing 39 games and scoring 26 points (3g, 23a). Wilford has appeared in 539 AHL games with Norfolk, St. John’s (Maple Leafs), Milwaukee, Hartford, Manchester and Iowa (Stars), from 2000-07, scoring 275 points (47g, 228a) and 573 penalty minutes. He also spent three years from in the German Elite League (DEL) from 2007-10, leading all defensemen in points in 2009-10 (41) and assists in 2007-08 (34) and 2009-10 (38).
Mike Haviland appears to be the last piece of the puzzle to the Admirals coaching staff. On August 3, 2012 the Anaheim Ducks and Norfolk Admirals announced today that former Admirals coach Mike Haviland would return to Norfolk as associate coach of the Admirals. Haviland succeeded Yawney as head coach in Norfolk and posted a 93-51-10-6 record in the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons. Haviland won the 2006-07 Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as the AHL’s outstanding coach after leading Norfolk to a 50-22-6-2 record. The Chicago Blackhawks moved their AHL farm club to Rockford in 2007. Haviland was the head coach for the 2007-08 season and he then moved on to the NHL as an assistant coach for the Blackhawks.Chicago , the Blackhawks posted a 187-101-40 record, advanced to the playoffs each season, won the Central Division title in 2009-10 and won the 2010 Stanley Cup.
It looks like we have a solid coaching staff for the upcoming season. I am confident that they will put a contender on the ice at Scope. The names on the backs of the jerseys will be different, but the crest on the front will still be the familiar logo of the 2011/12 Calder Cup Champions. It will be interesting to see if the latest incarnation of our Admirals can continue on from where our last team left off.
Admirals Hockey Returns To Scope Oct 12, 2012 …. See you there!