The Admirals have announced today that Wheeling Head Coach Stan Drulia has accepted the open assistant coach position for the Milwaukee Admirals.
This was Drulia’s second year at the helm of the Nailers, and so far had led the team to an 11-6 record, good for second place in the Atlantic Division. Last season, he took the team to the 3rd round of the Kelly Cup playoffs.
Drulia brings 126 games of NHL experience to the table, and actually played with Ian Herbers when they were both in the Tampa Bay Lightning system. During the 96-98 seasons, Drulia was third on the Detrot Vipers in points, and then led the team in points in the 98-99 season. Both Drulia and Herbers made the NHL squad the following year.
Here’s an impressive note from the Admirals’ press release that’s worth sharing:
Before turning pro Drulia cranked out an OHL record 479 points with three different teams, a record that still stands today.
As a coach, Drulia had four straight seasons of winning records, going 181-110-26 during that time coaching Port Huron of the IHL, and Wheeling in the ECHL. (totals include his record so far this season).
So congrats to Stan, congrats to Ian, and congrats to Marty Gelinas, who can now retire from coaching with an undefeated record.