ATLANTA, GA – Just two short weeks ago, it was announced that Atlanta Gladiators Head Coach, Andy Brandt, was leaving the team to accept an Associate Head Coach position with St. Norbert College’s hockey program in the NCAA for the upcoming season.
The Gladiators had to act fast to find a replacement for Brandt this late in the summer with hockey season just eight short weeks away, and they caught a big fish as Chuck Weber has been tabbed as Atlanta’s new bench boss. Weber has been coaching professional hockey for over a decade in the ECHL, American Hockey League, Elite Ice Hockey League (Europe), and even the Kontinental Hockey League (Russia’s top league). Weber most recently served as the Assistant Coach for the AHL’s Rochester Americans during the 2016-17 campaign.
Weber’s most notable success behind the bench came during his four seasons as the Head Coach of the Cincinnati Cyclones from 2006-2010, which included Kelly Cup Championships in 2008 and 2010. In all four seasons with Weber behind the bench, Cincinnati made it to at least round three of the Kelly Cup Playoffs each spring. Under Weber, the Cyclones had an overall record of 177-92-19 that included a 55-win season in 2007-08 and a Brabham Cup title as the ECHL’s best regular season team. Cincinnati racked up the awards with Chuck at the helm, winning two division titles, two conference titles, two Kelly Cups, and a Brabham Cup during that four-year time frame.
After leaving Cincinnati, he took his talents to the AHL, serving as the Head Coach in Rochester for the 2010-11 season, then had the same role with the San Antonio Rampage the following two seasons. His AHL numbers didn’t mimic the success he had in the ECHL by compiling an overall regular season record of 101-107-24, and only got as far as the second round in the AHL’s Calder Cup Playoffs in 2012.
His most recent servings in a head coaching position came during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons as the bench boss of Zagreb Medvascak in the KHL and Coventry Blaze of the EIHL. While in Coventry, he worked his magic yet again and captured another championship by bringing the Elite League’s title to Coventry before returning to his roots in North America.
Weber is the type of man that will put hockey back on the map in cities that had been on the struggle bus. Atlanta has missed the playoffs each of the last four seasons and they’ve hired the right man to turn that organization a complete 180 if his time in Cincinnati has anything to say about it.