File this in the “Where are they now?” category. There are three former Mallards that are head coaches in the SPHL.
Glenn Detulleo is coaching the Huntsville Havoc. He’s been their coach for 3 seasons now. He was actually playing for the Havoc in 2012. He retired as a player in March of that season and became the interim head coach. They removed the “interim” label and made him head coach the next season. He has his work cut out for him to rebuild the Havoc, as they finished in last place last season. Detulleo played in two seasons for the Mallards from 2005 to 2007, accumulating 19 goals and 64 assists in 88 regular season games, and 1 goal and 6 assists in 6 playoff games.
Kevin Kerr will be coaching the Macon Mayhem. They are an SPHL expansion team launching next season. Kerr last coached at the pro level in 2007-08, when he was head coach of the Flint Generals. He took them to the IHL Finals in a memorable playoff run while the team’s finances were crumbling. It was almost like a real-life reenactment of the Charlestown Chiefs. He also coached a junior team in 2011-12 in the EJHL. Kerr played for the Mallards in 1998-99 and 1999-00. He notched 88 goals and 96 assists in 127 regular season games for the Mallards, and had 7 goals and 11 assists in 26 playoff games.
Jean-Guy Trudel is head coach of the Peoria Rivermen. He has accumulated a 66-35-11 record in his first two seasons as coach there. He retired from playing in 2010. He had played 6 of his last 7 seasons in Europe, with the 1 season in North America being with the AHL version of the Rivermen. The sum total of his Mallards career was 5 playoff games when he was fresh out of the QMJHL in 1996-97. Maybe he is still remembered so well because in those 5 games he scored 8 goals and had 7 assists. Last season he led the Rivermen to a first place finish but they lost their three game series 2 games to 1, with both losses coming in OT.
Three former players being head coaches in the SPHL seemed like a lot, but the Rockford Icehogs and Kalamazoo Wings can make the same claim. Kerr and Detulleo also both played for the Kalamazoo Wings, and so did Rod Aldoff, who is now head coach of the Pensacola Ice Flyers. Mississippi RiverKings head coach Derek Landmesser played with the Icehogs, and so did both Kerr and Aldoff at one time.
One other SPHL coach played in the old UHL. Louisiana IceGators head coach Drew Omicioli played for the Danbury Trashers in the 2005-06 season. That season he racked up 48 goals, 39 assists and 89 PIM in just 66 games. He had 10 goals and 5 assists in their 18 game playoff run.