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Behind the ECHL Benches – Tim Branham, Utah Grizzlies


Tim Branham was named head coach/general manager of Utah on July 8, 2013. Branham, 32, joins the Grizzlies from the Reading Royals, where he spent the previous four seasons as an assistant coach. During his time with the Royals, the team went 143-89-23 in the regular season and captured the 2013 Kelly Cup title. In addition, during his tenure as the Royals assistant coach, Reading won seven playoff series, two division titles and was second in the ECHL in wins during the four year period.

While in Reading, Branham’s responsibilities included overseeing the defensemen and penalty kill. In 2012-13, the Royals ranked second in the ECHL allowing just 28.89 shots-per game. Reading also was amongst the league’s elite in goals allowed, placing third and allowing just 2.57 goals-per-game. Their penalty-kill also ranked third in the league at an 84.9-percent clip. During their just completed championship run, Reading led the ECHL by allowing just 2.05 goals-per-game in the playoffs.

Since 2003, Branham has owned and operated Branham Hockey Camps in Wisconsin. The school, for youth hockey players, has multiple locations in the Midwest. While Branham was in Reading, over 70 Royals advanced to the American Hockey League. A native of Eagle River, Wis., Branham played 284 professional games in the ECHL and AHL during his playing career from 2002-10. A defenseman, he was selected in the third round by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

Tim and his wife, Nicole, relocated to Utah in August.