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September 14, 2004

Former Generals coach gets new job

Staff Report


Rick Adduono Rick Adduono was 82-51-11 in two seasons in Greensboro.
Photo Credit: The News & Record

Former Greensboro Generals head coach and general manager Rick Adduono has been named the new coach of the Port Huron Beacons, a team in Michigan that plays in the United Hockey League.

Adduono will replace Mark Kumpel, who resigned as the Beacons' head coach last week.

"Rick brings a certain level of expertise and commitment to both working on and off the ice," Beacons owner Kristen Dixon said Monday.

Adduono spent two seasons with the Generals, taking over a losing franchise and leading the team to an 82-51-11 record. Greensboro earned a playoff berth in 2003 and narrowly missed the playoffs in 2004.

Despite the improvement on the ice, the franchise struggled financially. The city of Greensboro took over ownership last season, and in the absence of a new owner the ECHL franchise was folded July 20, leaving the Greensboro Coliseum without a primary tenant and Adduono without a job.

A former draft pick of the Boston Bruins, Adduono, 49, has been a head coach in the U.S. Hockey League and the ECHL for 10 years, winning at every stop. He led the South Carolina Stingrays to the ECHL's Kelly Cup championship in 2001.