Huntsville Havoc owner Keith Jeffries announced today that Randy Murphy has stepped down as head coach, effective immediately.
"Randy is more than just a coach to me and Becky, he is a friend," Jeffries said. "We appreciate the time, effort, and passion he demonstrated as our coach for the last three seasons. The decision for Randy to step down as coach breathes new life into this very talented team, and, in my opinion, gives us the best opportunity to win and perform at our best in our last six regular season games and throughout the post-season."
Murphy led the Havoc to the 2010 SPHL President's Cup Championship, but was just 19-26-5 this season, including an 11-11-2 mark at home. The Havoc have lost nine of their last 10 games, including a 6-4 setback to the Mississippi RiverKings on Tuesday night after leading the game 4-1 heading into the final period of play. He was 80-68-14 in the regular season behind the bench for the Havoc and 7-3 in the playoffs.
"I would like to thank the Jeffries family for giving me the opportunity to coach here in Huntsville," Murphy said. "I look forward to remaining on board in a different capacity as Director of Hockey Operations and am excited for the team in the remaining games and into the playoffs."
Jeffries will step in tonight behind the bench, as forward Glenn Detulleo will play in his last professional game before retiring after the game. Detulleo will take over coaching duties on an interim basis for the remainder of this season.
"I will be on the bench as "coach" for tonight's game, but trust me when I say that the captains of the team will be in charge of all on-ice decisions," Jeffries said. "I look forward to seeing the game from this vantage point and getting a rink side seat for Glenn's last professional game as a player."
Detulleo has played in an impressive 590 career regular season games and an additional 43 career playoff games. He has scored 143 career goals and added 381 career assists for 524 career points. The Timmins, Ontario native leads the Havoc this season with 43 points (12 goals, 41 assists).
"Obviously I have mixed emotions on my hockey career coming to an end, but I'm very excited to start my coaching career," Detulleo said. "I felt I could help the team more by being on the bench rather than on the ice. I believe in this team and I still feel we can win some hockey games."