Behind the ECHL Benches – Ryan Warsofsky, South Carolina Stingrays

Ryan Warsofsky was named the seventh head coach in Stingrays’ team history on July 6, 2016. He enters his first season as head coach after serving as the club’s assistant coach for the previous three seasons. Warsofsky becomes the first American-born coach in club history, and is the fifth-youngest coach in ECHL history. He is currently the youngest active coach in the league.


Since joining the Stingrays in 2013, Warsofsky has played a large role in several of the most successful seasons in team history while working with the team’s defense and special teams. Under his guidance last season, South Carolina won the South Division, and surrendered just 162 goals against, the lowest total for a single season in club history. Additionally, the club finished top-five in the ECHL on the penalty kill (87.5 percent, 1st) and the power play (19.6 percent, 4th). Warsofsky was part of the 2014-15 club that recorded an ECHL-record 23-game win-streak and advanced to the Kelly Cup Finals. Under Warsofsky’s watch, the club’s penalty kill finished first in the league in both 2014-15 and 2015-16.


Warsofsky, a native of North Marshfield, Mass., patrolled the blue line for Sacred Heart and Curry College before playing one season of professional hockey in 2011-12. He moved behind the bench in 2012, serving as an assistant coach at Curry College for one season before joining the Stingrays.