Milwaukee Head Coach Ian Herbers Leaves Organization

Leaving the Admirals to take over as head coach of the University of Alberta, Herbers leaves the Milwaukee position open for the third time in the span of a year.

The Predators will again be searching for a head coach for their AHL affiliate this offseason, as the Milwaukee Admirals find themselves without a head coach for the third time in the span of a year. Head coach Ian Herbers will be leaving the Admirals to become head coach of his alma mater, the University of Alberta.

Herbers spent less than a year on the job as head coach of the Predators’ AHL affiliate, taking over the position when Kirk Muller left to coach the Carolina Hurricanes after spending 17 games on the job in Milwaukee. Muller had been hired last offseason as a replacement for Lane Lambert, who joined the Predators as Assistant Coach, replacing Brent Peterson.

Herbers had been with the Admirals organization since the 2009-10 season, serving as Assistant Coach to both Muller and Lambert before his promotion on November 28. His record in Milwaukee over 59 games was 30-23-6.

From the Milwaukee Admirals


Search for a New Coach Begins Immediately

Milwaukee, WI –The Milwaukee Admirals announced today that Ian Herbers is leaving the organization to become the head coach at his alma mater, the University of Alberta in Canada.

Herbers started the season as the Admirals assistant coach under Kirk Muller, but was named the 19th head coach in franchise history on November 28 when Muller left to coach the Carolina Hurricanes. Herbers guided the team to a 30-23-2-4 record the rest of the season and helped the team to a second place finish in the AHL’s Midwest Division. The Ads qualified for the playoffs for a league best 10th season in a row, where they fell to the Abbotsford Heat in the Western Conference Quarterfinals.

“We would like to thank Ian for his time with the organization; he stepped up when we lost Kirk Muller early in the season and performed admirably,” Predators Assistant General Manager and Milwaukee General Manager Paul Fenton said. “We wish him success as he returns to his roots.

The search for the next head coach of the Milwaukee Admirals begins immediately. Each of the last six coaches we’ve hired have moved on to the NHL or University coaching ranks, so we have a solid track record of hiring and cultivating coaches, and know that the Milwaukee position is attractive to coaches.”

Herbers spent his first two seasons in Milwaukee as the assistant to Lane Lambert. During that time the Admirals accumulated a 85-52-8-15 record, two playoff berths, and a Western Conference regular season title in 2009-10.

Currently five former Admirals coaches find themselves behind the bench in the National Hockey League. Muller (Carolina Hurricanes), Claude Noel (Winnipeg Jets), and Todd Richards (Columbus Blue Jackets) are all head coaches, while Peter Horachek is Nashville’s associate coach and Lambert is the Predators assistant coach.


A native of Franklin, Tennessee, Patten Fuqua is the managing editor of He earned a Bachelor’s of Science from Belmont University in Journalism and Broadcasting.