Today, the Buffalo Beauts hired their third head coach in a span of six months. Pete Perram, a former head coach of the Swiss women’s national team, is stepping behind the bench in Buffalo. He replaces Cody McCormick. who was the Beauts’ head coach and general manager at the end of the 2018-19 NWHL season.
In addition to his experience coaching Team Switzerland, Perram also has experience coaching in his native Canada. He was the associate coach of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology Ridgebacks from 2009 to 2015. Before that, he was the head coach of the Telus Lightning in the first NWHL.
“Pete Perram is the perfect person to lead our team in Buffalo,” Beauts general manager Mandy Cronin shared in a league release. “I have first-hand experience with his team leadership and bench management. He is the kind of coach that you want to work hard for, day in and day out. With his relatability and wealth of experience, I know he will be highly respected by our players, staff and fans. We are thrilled to have him leading the way for the upcoming season.”
With Perram filling the coaching vacancy in Buffalo, the Beauts are the first team to announce a new head coach and general manager for the upcoming season. The core of the Beauts’ hockey operations is in place, but they remain the only team that hasn’t signed a player. The team’s proximity to Canada likely played a role in Perram’s hiring. It will be interesting to see if the Beauts will have any success recruiting Canadian talent on the ice as well.
The Metropolitan Riveters and Connecticut Whale are now the only teams without a head coach.