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Tailing the Komets

Coaching connundrum

So who do you think should be the Komets' next coach and why, Pat Bingham or John Marks? If you've been following closely, and I know you have, you know quite a bit about them. Which do you like?

Posted in: Komets


Thu, 06/22/2006 - 8:17pm

My choice is Marks....more experience, solid motivator and teacher. Someone that even the veteran players will respect and learn from. One will not have to worry about him being too "buddy like" with the players....Is "old school"....but what's wrong with that? But I could make a strong case for Bingham also. However, I think that Marks is the better fit for this team, the fans and the community.

Hit Somebody!!!
Thu, 06/22/2006 - 9:06pm

Is he willing to be a "yes" man? That should be the question....

I think Marks is the choice. He would be most able to put the product on the ice that we all want to see. I say make him your coach...and let him make the decisions for this team. Don't tie his hands.

Hockey Guy
Fri, 06/23/2006 - 5:58am

Yesterday the Bi-Lo center in Greenville accepted the deal that will let the Grrrowl play another year in Greenville, so they're back. Wonder how high the bidding will go if both of these teams want Marks, and if Marks knows how much the Frankes control the team?

Fri, 06/23/2006 - 6:21am

C'mon, you guys are smarter than this. Does Greg Puhalski seem like a guy who does exactly what other people tell him? How about Dave Allison or John Torchetti? If you think they are, I dare you to tell that to their face.

Marks knows exactly what he would be getting into.

All spring the Frankes have talked about how they want a tougher, bigger team, and they've picked that style in the drafts. If that is true how come the Komets didn't have that last year? Remember, this is the group that started The Jungle.

And don't give me any crap about how they are finally listening to the fans. They have always felt that way.

Fri, 06/23/2006 - 7:07am

To me it's close, the thing going for Bingham is that he's won a cup with Asheville.

I still go with Marks, soild coach, Venedam said he's a players coach, and we remember the Ice in the early 90's physical to the max.

Fri, 06/23/2006 - 7:08am

I'm gonna go with Bingham on this one. I don't know to much how a John Marks team operates, But on the other hand, I have seen a Pat Bingham team. They are tough, yet, they don't lack the skill needed to succeed. Plus, Bingham knows the UHL better than Marks would, I believe.

Fri, 06/23/2006 - 7:09am

Actually Greg, Bingham did not win a cup with Asheville, yes, he was in the Finals playing Quad City, but they did NOT win the cup..I believe the year was 2000-01

Fri, 06/23/2006 - 7:15am

Mark- Something's not right because Ben Smith has it in his article in the JG that Bingham won as a coach in 01-02. I wonder what gives. Course now I see that Ashevill was a runner up. Someone should call Ben on that one. Good catch Mark.

BTW- Good Luck in your walk tomorrow or this weekend. I'm glad the bad weather went through yesterday.

Fri, 06/23/2006 - 7:35am

First off, Greg, what are you doing reading the JG? And you trust their accuracy over mine? Blasphemy!

Fri, 06/23/2006 - 7:42am

Now you have done it!

Fri, 06/23/2006 - 7:55am

Now Blake, Don't get your hair all in a dander. As a ritual, the Journal is the first paper in the morning and the News is the second in the afternoon. I tend to like the News anyway because it tends to have more infor I think. I NEVER have a problem with your accuracy:-)

Jungle Monkey
Fri, 06/23/2006 - 8:10am

The both work well for lining bird cages.

Fri, 06/23/2006 - 8:16am


If you'll notice these past few weeks we've had Komets stuff the night before the JG every time.

Fri, 06/23/2006 - 8:17am

JM, I knew you were full of it, but I didn't know you lived in a cage. LOL.

Fri, 06/23/2006 - 8:18am

Ummm Greg....
Blake.... hair....?????

I am running away now..............

Fri, 06/23/2006 - 8:23am

My vote is for Marks.

However it could be tainted by the fact that ALL my information came from the NS.

Brownie points please.

Fri, 06/23/2006 - 8:31am

Hey I was trying to be nice with the hair thing.

Fri, 06/23/2006 - 8:50am

Hair? What hair?

Komets or Comets
Fri, 06/23/2006 - 9:03am

Hasn't Justin also been out of the office for those weeks? lol

Fri, 06/23/2006 - 9:05am

Greg, I noticed that to about Ben Smith and what he wrote..and I was like thats wrong..but he doesn't cover the Komets consistentally..so I gave him the benefit of the doubt..

Fri, 06/23/2006 - 9:10am

Justin who?

Komets or Comets
Fri, 06/23/2006 - 9:35am

Isn't he the guy with hair? Was yanking your chain Blake.

Fri, 06/23/2006 - 9:36am

Marks won a championship with the Growl i do believe Venedam was with the team then.

If i had to choose i would pick Marks, but i'd be happy with either as the Komets coach.

Fri, 06/23/2006 - 9:58am

Ohhhhh, good one, Komets or Comets. You are quickly climbing the list to join Hit Somebody or Jungle Monkey in priority. Just a warning. LOL. Ask them, you don't want to mess with me, and once you are on the list you never come off (though I can be bribed; hint, hint JM and HS).

Jungle Monkey
Fri, 06/23/2006 - 10:27am

There's a list? I know that I'm behind Hit. I'll keep trying to advance to the top of the list.

Bring back Christian Bragnalo!!!!

Fri, 06/23/2006 - 10:29am

Blakester, i am really worried about your catching cold this hockey season, you may want to consider this:


Remember most of your heat goes right out the top of your head.

Fri, 06/23/2006 - 10:38am

I've often been accused of having stuff go right over my head but also being hot-headed so there's plenty of heat up there.

Fri, 06/23/2006 - 7:46pm

Chaulk sighting !
Chaulk sighting !!
Chaulk sighting !!!

Chaulk was spotted at a local eatery Friday night.

I can safely say this: Although we don't know where the boy will be playing next year, he has DEFINITELY been hitting the training table during the offseason.

Fri, 06/23/2006 - 9:20pm

Um, he's running the first of his hockey camps at McMillen this week.

Fri, 06/23/2006 - 9:20pm

hmmmm training table in Fort Wayne....
Golden Corral or the bar at Showgirls?