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Behind the ECHL Benches - Dean Stork, Greenville Road Warriors


Dean Stork enters his fourth season as head coach of the Greenville Road Warriors after being named to the position on June 29, 2010. Stork has led the club to the Kelly Cup Playoffs in each of his three seasons behind the bench. In his first season with the team, he led the Road Warriors to a South Division championship and the best record in the Eastern Conference. Stork was the coach for the 2011 ECHL All-Star team and was runner-up for the 2011 ECHL Coach of the Year Award.

Prior to joining the Road Warriors, he spent four seasons as an assistant coach with the Cincinnati Cyclones, winning Kelly Cup championships in 2008 and 2010.

Stork turned to coaching in June of 2006 after a seven-year professional career. From 1999 to 2006 Stork played in 441 ECHL games and produced 137 points (32g-105a) along with 485 penalty minutes. He began his career with the Hampton Roads Admirals playing for ECHL Hall of Fame coach John Brophy. After a season with the Admirals, Stork embarked on a successful three-year run with the Arkansas RiverBlades. He served as an alternate captain in each of his three seasons there and set career highs for points (28) and goals (15) in the 2002-03 season. Stork went on to play for four different teams over the final three seasons of his career. He captained the Cyclones in 2003-04 as well as the Stockton Thunder in 2005-06. His 2004-05 season was split between the Texas Wildcatters and the Columbia Inferno. A late-season addition to the Inferno, Stork helped the club capture an East Division championship.

A graduate of the University of Massachusetts with a degree in Sports Management, Stork played three seasons for the Minutemen. His career there spanned 101 games and produced 13 goals, 17 assists and 164 penalty minutes. At the time of his graduation in 1999 he held the school record for goals in a season by a defenseman at nine. Dean also excelled in the classroom and was a member of the Hockey East Honor Roll Squad. After college he signed a three-year contract with the Washington Capitals.

 

Coaching Record Reg. Season Playoffs
Season Team Gms W L T Gms W L
2010-11 Greenville Road Warriors (ECHL) 72 46 22 4 11 6 5
2011-12 Greenville Road Warriors (ECHL)   72 41 25 6   3 0 3
2012-13 Greenville Road Warriors (ECHL)   72 36 28 8   5 1 4
   ECHL Totals
  216 123 75 18   19 7 12