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Behind the ECHL Benches – Vince Williams


Vince Williams was named the second head coach in Orlando Solar Bears history on June 19, 2013. In his first season with the club, he led the Solar Bears to their first appearance in the Kelly Cup Playoffs while leading the team to improvement of 15 wins and 28 points over their inaugural 2012-13 season.

Williams joined the Solar Bears after spending the previous two seasons as head coach of the Trenton Titans. Williams played eight seasons and 461 games in the ECHL and was recalled in 2000-01 from Trenton to Orlando (IHL) where he was a member of the Solar Bears Turner Cup championship team. Williams was also a member of the 2004-05 Kelly Cup championship team in Trenton where he played for Mike Haviland (Head Coach, Colorado College). He served as captain for Trenton during the 2003-04 and 2005-06 seasons and was inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame.

After retiring in 2006, Williams began his coaching career in Trenton, serving five seasons as an assistant for the Trenton Devils and two seasons as head coach of the Titans. As an assistant coach, he studied under the guidance of Rick Kowalsky (Head Coach, Albany Devils) and Kevin Dean (Assistant Coach, Providence Bruins). In 2011-12, 18 of his players went on to play in the AHL and in 2012-13, 23 players moved on to the AHL and two players graduated to the NHL (Jason Akeson and Matt Konan).


Coaching Record


Reg. Season




Playoffs


Season
Team

Gms W L T
Gms
W
L
2011-12
Trenton Titans (ECHL)

72
21
41
10




2012-13 Trenton Titans (ECHL)   72 32 32 8  
2013-14 Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL)
  72 43 24 5   6 2 4
  ECHL Totals
  216 96 97 23   6 2 4