Larsen promoted to Falcons head coach, Markiewicz moves on

May 28, 2012

SPRINGFIELD — Change is in the wind for the Springfield Falcons.

Columbus General Manager Scott Howson announced today that Brad Larsen has been named head coach of the Springfield Falcons. Larsen spent the last two seasons behind the bench alongside recently fired Head Coach Rob Riley as the team's assistant coach.

Larsen, who has only the two years of professional coaching experience, finished his playing career with the Portland Pirates of the AHL after appearing in 294 career NHL games from 1997 to 2009 with the Colorado Avalanche and Atlanta Thrashers.

"We are very pleased to announce Brad Larsen as the head coach of the Springfield Falcons and are excited to have him working with our prospects in the American Hockey League," Blue Jackets Assistant General Manager Chris MacFarland, who oversees the Falcons, said. "He has a tremendous amount of passion for coaching and the game of hockey and will bring great energy to the rink every day."

Riley was fired after two seasons with the Falcons. He led the team to its first winning season since it finished first in the New England Division during the 1997-98 campaign, but failed to make the playoffs either year.

Larsen is the team's seventh head coach since the 2005-06 season.

Springfield Falcons Manager of Media and Community Relations Damon Markiewicz also announced recently that he was leaving the organization effective May 25 to take a job with Springfield College, starting May 29.

"I will always be a Falcons fan and can't wait to support the team enjoying games with my family," Markiewicz said. "I will always consider the Falcons staff, fans and sponsors members of my extended family and it's been a privilege working for a man like [Falcons President and General Manager] Bruce Landon. He is not only a great boss, but a great friend too."

Markiewicz started his career with the Falcons in 1996 as a promotions and game night operations intern, becoming the manager of Media Relations prior to the start of the 2000-01 season.

From there, he moved to the NHL, where he was the web editorial director for the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2003-04 season.

He then became the general manager of the Adirondack Frostbite of the United Hockey League in Glens Falls, N.Y., serving in that capacity during the 2004-05 season before returning to the Falcons the following year.

Markiewicz resides in Ludlow with his wife Laura and son Cameron.

"I am very happy for Damon as he starts his new career. He has been an outstanding employee who cared deeply about our franchise," Landon said. "He never worried about hours and there was no job that he was not willing to do. He was an important part of our organization in many ways and he will be missed, but he is moving on to a position that I am sure he is going to enjoy and excel at. We wish him, Laura and Cam nothing but the best."

Landon told Reminder Publications that the search for Markiewicz's replacement is ongoing.

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