Gilles Richard was named as the head coach of the Florida Southern College men's ice hockey program in 2019, the team's inaugural season. A native of Moncton, New Brunswick, Richard has been involved in hockey in the United States as a player, coach, general manager, or director for nearly three decades. In addition to his role as the head coach for the Moccasins, Richard currently serves as the Director of Hockey Operations at Lakeland Ice Arena. He is also the Vice President of Hockey Operations for Southeast Elite Hockey.
Previously, he was the Director of Hockey Operations for the Jacksonville Ice and Sports Complex for four years. During his time in Jacksonville, he was also the lead hockey instructor for National Hockey Development. Through his work, he has been able to help grow both youth and professional hockey programs throughout the state of Florida. Richard has also worked in professional hockey as the General Manager for both the Augusta Riverhawks and Jacksonville Barracudas of the SPHL.
As a player, Richard played in five different professional leagues including the Sunshine Hockey League, Southern Hockey League, ECHL, ACHL, and World Hockey Association. Over the course of three seasons with the Jacksonville Bullets (1993-96), Richard played in 165 games, tallying 25 goals, 124 assists, and 543 penalty minutes as a defenseman. He also played professionally with the Jacksonville Lizard Kings, Jacksonville Barracudas, and Orlando Seals.
A 1993 graduate of St. Thomas University in New Brunswick, Richard attended St. Thomas on a hockey scholarship with the Tommies.