Behind the ECHL Benches – Tim Branham, Utah Grizzlies

Tim Branham was named Head Coach/General Manager of Utah on July 8, 2013. He has led the Grizzlies to their seventh, eighth and ninth consecutive playoff appearances in his first three seasons behind the bench and compiled a record of 114-78-23. In Utah’s last three seasons the team has had its three-best winning percentages since 1999-2000.


Branham led Utah to a 39-27-6 record and a second-straight second-round playoff appearance in 2015-16. He went 37-27-8 in 2014-15 and defeated the Idaho Steelheads in the first round of the playoffs. In his first season as head coach, he led the Grizzlies to a 38-24-9 record. The Grizzlies lead the ECHL with 67 home wins during Branham’s three seasons behind the bench. Shortly after being named the Grizzlies’ head coach, Branham announced an affiliation agreement with the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks. The two teams announced a multi-year extension to the current affiliation on Feb. 19, 2016. Grizzlies’ players have made over 150 public appearances in the community the last two seasons: at local youth hockey practice, elementary schools, hospitals and more.


Branham, 35, joined the Grizzlies from the Reading Royals, where he spent four seasons as an assistant coach from 2009-13. 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.


Since 2003, Branham has owned and operated Branham Hockey Camps in Wisconsin. The school, for youth hockey players, has multiple locations in the Midwest.  A native of Eagle River, Wisconsin, Branham played 284 professional games in the ECHL and AHL during his playing career from 2002-2010. A defenseman, he was selected in the third round by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.


Coaching Record Reg. Season Playoffs
Season Team Gms W L T Gms W L
Utah Grizzlies (ECHL)


2014-15 Utah Grizzlies (ECHL) 72 37 27 8 11 5 6
2015-16 Utah Grizzlies (ECHL) 72 39 27 6 10 4 6
ECHL Totals 215 114 78 23 26 10 16