ECHL: Kyle Mountain Named Greenville Swamp Rabbits’ Head Coach

Photo Credit: Jake Farmer/InsideTheRink

Greenville, S.C. — With the departure of Head Coach Andrew Lord from the Swamp Rabbits, the Greenville club was seeking a new head coach to fill in Lord’s place. On June 14th, it was announced that Lord would leave the ECHL and embark on a new journey in his coaching career as the new Halifax Mooseheads head coach. The news came after Lord served four seasons as Head Coach, General Manager, and partial seasons as Director of Hockey Operations. Last season, the award-winning and All-Star coach would have help from Assistant Coach Kyle Mountain. Mountain spent his first season in the ECHL as an assistant coach, coordinating the power play and penalty-killing units. Overall, after 72 games coached in the 2024 regular season, he and Andrew Lord were able to reach the south division title from a record of 44-23-4-1 for 93 points with a 0.646 win percentage.

But his coaching career began where his play flourished during his playing days in the NCAA. Prior to the 2023-24 season, Mountain head coached the Neumann University for six seasons from 2017-2023, and before 2017 he spent two seasons as assistant coach. From 2011-2015, Mountain played in the NCAA for two different teams. His first three seasons were with the University of Vermont, where he would play 43 games, with a tally of seven points for two goals and five assists — the 2013-14 season was idle with no games played. His last season in his NCAA career would be for the University of Nebraska-Omaha, where he played just 17 games with no points.

Now, today, June 22, eight days after Andrew Lord’s departure, the Greenville Swamp Rabbits announced that they named Mountain as their fifth head coach, and Director of Hockey Operations.

Jake Farmer

I'm a photographer and writer covering the ECHL Greenville Swamp Rabbits based in Greenville, South Carolina. Twitter and Instagram: JakeCF.Hockey

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