The Steelheads' season ended only two weeks ago, but the organization is already focused on the future of the franchise. First order of business- locking up head coach Brad Ralph.
The Steelheads announced a new agreement with Ralph Thursday, extending his contract through the 2016-17 campaign. The 33-year old will retain his position as head coach and director of hockey operations. Financial terms of the agreement will not be disclosed.
Under Ralph, 12 different Steelheads have earned AHL call-ups and six have signed AHL-level contracts. Ralph's teams won 84 games in his first two years at the helm, reaching the ECHL Western Conference Finals last season, and bowing out in the Western Semifinals this time around.
Before taking over in Idaho, Ralph coached the Augusta Riverhawks for two seasons, and was named Southern Professional Hockey League coach of the year in 2010-11.