By David Lee, Augusta Chronicle (Photo by Jon-Michael Sullivan)
Mark Richards, who originally filled in as coach of the Augusta RiverHawks on an interim basis, will assume coaching duties for the foreseeable future, team owner Bob Kerzner said.
Richards, who also serves as the team president, stepped in as coach after Rob Miller was fired following Augusta’s 1-9-1 start this season.
Miller was working in his first season as RiverHawks coach.
Kerzner said he called captain Matt Auffrey a couple weeks ago to get a pulse of the locker room in response to Richards’ coaching, anticipating the need for a meeting to determine the future of the position.
“Matt said no meeting was needed,” Kerzner said. “The answer has been very positive about Mark. So we’re keeping him where he’s at. We’ve been playing better hockey with him as coach, so Mark is staying.”
Since Richards took over Nov. 27, the RiverHawks’ record is 8-9-2. They have scored 2.9 goals per game while allowing 3.2 per game, an increase of more than one goal scored per game over that span.