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Evansville names new coach

Evansville has hired Jeff Pyle as head coach and director of hockey operations, effective July 1, the club said today.

Pyle replaces the fired Rich Kromm.

In a statement, the IceMen said Pyle, 54, coached four pro teams in Germany, the Mobile Mysticks of the ECHL (before and after their move to Gwinnett) and Texas of the AHL.

He coached Gwinnett to the 2006 Kelly Cup Finals, a South Division championship and an American Conference championship, the statement said.

It said Pyle's overall ECHL record is 446-323-91.

In 1987, Pyle was named the IHL's Most Valuable Player after scoring 49 goals and recording 136 points for Saginaw, the statement said.

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at jcohn@jg.net.

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