The Atlanta Gladiators have named former team captain Derek Nesbitt as the sixth head coach in team history. Jeff Pyle, who had served as the team's head coach for the previous four seasons, has been promoted to Director of Hockey Operations for the club.
"We're so excited to have Mr. Gladiator himself, Derek Nesbitt, as the next head coach of our storied franchise," said Gladiators majority owner Alex Campbell. "When you think of the Atlanta Gladiators, you think of Derek Nesbitt, and his accomplishments while wearing a Gladiators jersey. We couldn't be more excited to have Derek at the helm beginning next season.
"With that said, we would like to sincerely thank Jeff Pyle, for not only setting an example of excellence on the ice, but also your ongoing commitment to the Gladiators in the past, present, and future. We are proud to have promoted him to become our next Director of Hockey Operations."
Nesbitt, 41, takes over as head coach of the club after serving as an assistant coach for the Gladiators this past season. Prior to being an assistant with Atlanta, Nesbitt served as the team's captain for five seasons, including playing in 512 total games with the franchise, across eight total seasons. Nesbitt is the all-time leader in games played (512), goals (166), assists (258), and points (424) for the team.
The Atlanta Gladiators are looking for a medical trainer. Hockey experience is preferred but not necessary. Please send your resume to Dnesbitt@atlantagladiators.com