Jeff Pyle (ice hockey)

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Jeff Pyle
Born (1958-10-07) October 7, 1958 (age 60)
Fort Leonard Wood, MO, USA
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Left wing
Shot Left
Played for AHL
Binghamton Whalers
Saginaw Gears
Flint Generals
Saginaw Hawks
Mohawk Valley Stars
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1981–1993

Jeff Pyle (born October 7, 1958) is an American former ice hockey player and the current head coach of the ECHL Atlanta Gladiators.

Pyle held the post of a head coach in the ECHL since the 1998–99 season when he coached the Mobile Mysticks. He remained as the head coach when the franchise moved to Gwinnett County to become the Gwinnett Gladiators for the 2003–04 season, staying in this position through the end of the 2010–11 season.

On July 13, 2011, Pyle was named head coach of the American Hockey League's Texas Stars.[1]

It was announced on April 11, 2013, that Pyle would become the head coach and director of hockey operations of the ECHL's Evansville IceMen, effective July 1, 2013.[2] On April 20, 2014, Pyle was relieved of his duties with Evansville due to disagreements on hockey operations with owner Ron Geary.[3]

On September 2014 he moved to Italy, nominated coach by the HC Bulldogs Valpellice of Torre Pellice (TO), Piedmont.

On March 22, 2016, Pyle was announced as returning to the Evansville area as the head coach of the Southern Professional Hockey League's Evansville Thunderbolts, which was announced to replace the departing ECHL IceMen franchise.[3]

In 2018, he returned to Gwinnett, Georgia, as the head coach of his old team, the since renamed Atlanta Gladiators.[4]

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-CCHA First Team 1980–81 [5]
CCHA player of the year 1980–81
James Gatschene Memorial Trophy - IHL most valuable player 1986–87 [6]
Leo P. Lamoureux Memorial Trophy - IHL leading point scorer 1986–87 [7]


  1. ^ The ECHL - Premier 'AA' Hockey League | Gwinnett's Pyle named head coach of AHL's Texas Stars Archived 2012-03-14 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ The ECHL - Premier 'AA' Hockey League | Pyle named Evansville head coach
  3. ^ a b "Jeff Pyle returning to coach Evansville's SPHL hockey team". Evansville Courier & Press. March 22, 2016.
  4. ^ "Atlanta Gladiators bring back winningest coach in franchise history". Gwinnett Daily Post. July 6, 2018.
  5. ^ "CCHA All-Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  6. ^ James Gatschene Memorial Trophy hockey award winners of the IHL at
  7. ^ Leo Lamoureux Memorial Trophy hockey award winners of the IHL at

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Steve Weeks
CCHA Player of the Year
Succeeded by
George McPhee