Once again the Mississippi Sea Wolves are looking for a new head coach, that's three straight years. It began with Bruce Boudreau who stepped down to become head coach at Lowell. Marc Potvin followed, but resigned after one season becoming head coach in Springfield. Now, Al Pedersen has decided to resign, citing family reasons, after only one season on the job.
Pedersen told WLOX he would like to spend more time with his family. Last season Pedersen's wife and two children remained in Pensacola, Florida where he had coached the IcePilots for four seasons before taking over the Sea Wolves coaching reins. Pedersen said he'll be moving to Colorado, the home state of his wife, adding that he's pursuing a couple of job offers, in and out of hockey.
Sea Wolves majority owner John Gagnon told WLOX he already has a list of three finalist and hopes to name Pedersen's replacement on July 10. In only one season Pedersen led the Sea Wolves to a 34-33-5 record. A late season slump, 11 losses in the last 14 games, kept Mississippi from cracking the ECHL playoffs.
Sea Wolves right wing Dave Paradise said. "I understand what Al Pedersen went through last season, not seeing his wife and children with them living in Pensacola. He has to do what is best for his family. It will be difficult to replace coach Pedersen. He was an excellent coach, but I'm sure the Sea Wolves will come up with a good replacement. In minor league hockey losing coaches is something the players have become familiar with. I wish coach Pedersen the best."
The Sea Wolves will hold a news conference July 2 to announce the resignation of Al Pedersen. He will be present for the announcement.