With an affiliation change comes new players, new equipment managers, new medical trainers, and new coaches. Many of them have to start over in a new city that they know little or nothing about. That is not the case for the Admirals’ head coach, Trent Yawney.
Yawney was head bench boss for the Admirals between 2000-2005. Prior to being named head coach for the Admirals, he was the assistant coach for the Chicago Blackhawks during the 1999-2000 season. Yawney began his coaching career with the same team that drafted him 43rd overall in 1984. Yawns pro career stretched into 1999 before hanging up the skates and becoming a coach.
As a head coach, he had a record of 189-144-42-25. During his tour in Norfolk, his squad made the playoffs each year he was behind the bench. Yawney and his troops captured back-to-back division titles; one in 2001-2002 and the other in the 2002-2003 season.
After the back-to-back titles, the Blackhawks felt that Yawney would be the missing piece to the puzzle in the Blackhawks organization to pull them out of the rut that they went through in the early 2000’s. However that was not the case as Yawney was fired from his position as Blackhawks’ head coach midway during his second season. Yawney had a hideous record of 33-55-15.
Yawney’s time with the Ducks can be tracked back to the 2007-2008 season when he held a position as pro scout before being named an assistant coach for the San Jose Sharks for the 2009-2010 season. However, Yawney left the San Jose organization in hopes of finding a job as head coach.
Yawney got a call in January to take over the head coaching position in Syracuse for the then AHL affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch. Yawney led the Crunch to above 500 record for the season. They also made the playoffs, but their run was short lived when the Ice Caps eliminated them in a matter of 5 games during the opening round.
Yawney has an ace up his sleeve when he comes back to Norfolk this fall. His assistant coach, Marty Wilford, played under him when he was head coach of the Blackhawk affiliated Admirals. In an interview, Yawney said that he could not be happier with his assistant coach.
When Yawney comes back to Norfolk, he will see a bigger fan base, a Calder Cup Championship Banner, and a 28 game Consecutive Win Streak Banner hanging from the rafters at Scope, which all will be hard to top. Could Norfolk win the Calder Cup again? Well, we will find that out when the puck drops this season at Scope.
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