EVANSVILLE, Ind. - Evansville IceMen Owner Ron Geary has announced the duties of Jeff Pyle as Head Coach and President of Hockey Operations have been relieved, effective immediately.
“We wish Jeff and his family nothing but the best in his future endeavors,” Geary said. “Jeff did a good job of evolving our hockey operations, but ultimately, it wasn’t the right fit for us. We are continually committed to building a winning tradition in the city of Evansville for the best fans in the league.”
Pyle coached the IceMen for one season, leading the organization to a 31-30-11 record for 73 points during the 2013-14 regular season. With that result, Evansville finished 10th in the Eastern Conference and fourth in the North Division.
The IceMen were eliminated from the ECHL Kelly Cup Playoffs for a second consecutive campaign, missing the mark by nine points under Pyle. Evansville held a 21-9-8 record after a 6-1 win over the Greenville Road Warriors on Jan. 25, sitting in second place in the Eastern Conference at the time.
A five game losing skid immediately following that date began an unfavorable second half of the season. The IceMen mustered a 10-21-3 record to close out the calendar to be disqualified from post season contention.
As for the next plan of action, the organization will search for and assess possible candidates to fill the recent vacancy.
“The search for the next head coach of the Evansville IceMen will begin immediately, as we are committed to sustaining last season’s improvement and taking it to the next level next season,” Geary said.