The 2014-15 season is the second for Jarrod Skalde (SKAL-dee) with the Norfolk Admirals and his first as head coach. He joined the Admirals as an assistant coach in 2013-14 after earning the John Brophy Award as ECHL Coach of the Year in 2012-13 with the Cincinnati Cyclones. Skalde took over the head coaching role prior to the 2014-15 season following Trent Yawney's promotion to assistant coach for the Anaheim Ducks.
In his third season as bench boss with the club, Skalde led the Cyclones to a North Division title with a 42-22-8 record for 92 points – a 13-point improvement over the previous season. A 42-year-old native of Niagara Falls, Ontario, Skalde guided Cincinnati to a 110-79-27 record over three seasons. During that time, he saw 68 players earn promotions to the AHL resulting in nearly 900 games played. Prior to coaching the Cyclones, Skalde guided the IHL's Bloomington PrairieThunder as head coach during the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons.
Selected by the New Jersey Devils in the second round of the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, Skalde played 115 NHL games between New Jersey, Anaheim, Calgary, San Jose, Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta and Philadelphia. The forward's 575-game AHL career included stops in Utica, Saint John, Baltimore, Kentucky, Chicago, Philadelphia, Utah, Springfield and San Antonio. Skalde also played professionally in the IHL, Switzerland, Sweden, Japan and Slovenia during a 16-year career that spanned 1,071 games. A five-time team captain and seven-time assistant captain, Skalde won the 1990 Memorial Cup with the OHL's Oshawa Generals and the 2001 Turner Cup with the IHL's Orlando Solar Bears.
Skalde and his wife, Erin, have two children, daughter True and son Skate.