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 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th consecutive playoff appearances in his first four seasons behind the bench and compiled a record of 150-107-30. The Grizzlies went 36-29-7 in 2016-2017, finishing the season on a 27-13-6 run to stave off Missouri and Alaska for the final playoff spot in the Mountain Division.

 

Branham led Utah to a 39-27-6 record and a second-straight second round playoff appearance in 2015-2016. He went 37-27-8 in 2014-2015 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. 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 February 19, 2016. Grizzlies players have made over 200 public appearances in the community the last four 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 2009-2013. 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  
SeasonTeam GmsWLT GmsWL
2013-14
Utah Grizzlies (ECHL)

71
38
24
9

5
1
4
2014-15Utah Grizzlies (ECHL) 7237278 1156
2015-16Utah Grizzlies (ECHL) 7239276 1046
2016-17Utah Grizzlies (ECHL)7236297514
 ECHL Totals 28715010730 311120