Komet Profile: Gregg Pilling
Gregg Pilling, coach of the Fort Wayne Komets. A truly different and remarkable man, who is completely dedicated to the game of hockey. Gregg was born in Lethbridge, Alberta, September 25th, 1943. He played his junior hockey in his home town of Lethbridge, and later for the Edmonton Junior Oil Kings. In a professional career that spanned 10 years he played for Memphis Wings of the Central Pro League, the Buffalo Bisons of the American Hockey League, the Omaha Knights of the Central Pro League, two seasons in the Eastern Hockey League, two seasons in the Southern Hockey League, and three years with the North American Hockey League. The past five years he has been doubled as both player, coach and manager. In 1971 he also coached in Lucerne, Switzerland.
As a coach, Gregg Pilling has a history of success. In five years behind the bench, in the Southern League and the North American League he won either the regular season championship, the playoff championship, or both . . . four of the five seasons he was selected as Coach of the Year in both those leagues, as well as manager of the year in the North American League. Gregg Pilling has the reputation of being a winner.
Training camp practices throughout this year have not at any time been haphazard. They were all completely planned, and carried out, according to the plans. If it takes 45 minutes, an hour and a half, or two and a half hours, practices are completed, and objectives met. His coaching is based on fundamental hockey, with discipline the key ... both on and off the ice. His authority and enthusiasm are evident at all times.
Gregg, his wife Janis, and son Danny arrived June 23rd, and have become popular citizens of both the total community and ther immediate neighborhood. Pillings rapore with the media has been sensational. He has become the most quotable coach the club has ever had. He is also the first Komet coach to author a column in the sports pages of the Fort Wayne papers . . . having a weekly column in the Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette.
Gregg Pilling is here to do a job . . . and judging from his record . . . he'll get the job done.