Al Pedersen was named head coach of the Mississippi Sea Wolves last season, when Marc Potvin took over the head coaching job at Springfield. Pedersen had served four seasons at Pensacola, guiding the IcePilots to the Kelly Cup Finals once. During the 2000-2001 ECHL campaign, Pedersen guided the Sea Wolves to a 34-33 and 5 record, missing the playoffs following a late season slump.
At a news conference in the Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Coach Pedersen announced his resignation, based on family matters. He said, "It was a tough decision. However, for family reasons it was an ideal situation for me. My wife grew up in Colorado Springs and we're excited about the move. It's still a tough decision. I spent a lot of time in the ECHL and looking forward to my new league. I'm a rookie again."
This morning Pedersen was named head coach of the Colorado Gold Kings of the West Coast Hockey League. Sea Wolves Operations Manager Lenny Sawyer says the process in finding Al Pedersen's replacement is well underway. He said, "When Al put the word out the phone started ringing and we're lucky because of our fans, facility here and franchise being in the ECHL. We have some great prospects."
Lenny Sawyer and General Manager John Gagnon should begin interviewing the finalist and hopefully by July 10, the Sea Wolves will announce their new head coach. Sea Wolves player-assistant coach Bob Woods is one of the finalist.