The ECHL on Tuesday announced that Spencer Carbery of the South Carolina Stingrays is the 2013-14 recipient of the John Brophy Award as the league’s Coach of the Year.
The John Brophy Award is the trophy presented annually to the ECHL coach selected to have contributed the most to his team’s success as selected in a vote of league coaches. The trophy is named for John Brophy, who won a record three ECHL titles with Hampton Roads in 1991, 1992 and 1998, and was inducted into the ECHL Hall of Fame in 2009.
The winner of the Defenseman of the Year award will be announced on Wednesday.
Carbery led the Stingrays to the South Division title, the club’s first division championship since capturing the Southeast Division title in 2000-01, with a 43-23-6 record for 92 points. It was the third straight season that the Stingrays have improved their record from the previous year.
In three seasons as South Carolina’s head coach, Carbery has posted a record of 118-77-21 and has led the Stingrays to the Kelly Cup Playoffs each season. Carbery was named the sixth head coach in Stingrays history on July 26, 2011 after serving as the team’s assistant coach for one season under Cail MacLean.
Carbery joined the organization as a player during the 2008-09 campaign and helped the club capture its ECHL-record third Kelly Cup championship. He recorded 22 goals and 26 assists for 48 points in 94 games with the Stingrays and was named the inaugural recipient of the Jerry Zucker Community Service Award in 2009. Carbery skated in four professional seasons with the Bakersfield Condors, Stockton Thunder, Fresno Falcons and Stingrays of the ECHL and the Tulsa Oilers of the Central Hockey League totaling 117 points (48g-69a) in 244 games.
John Brophy Award Winners (ECHL Coach of the Year)
|2014||Spencer Carbery||South Carolina Stingrays|
|2013||Jarrod Skalde||Cincinnati Cyclones|
|2012||Rob Murray||Alaska Aces|
|John Wroblewski||Gwinnett Gladiators|
|2011||Brent Thompson||Alaska Aces|
|2010||Derek Laxdal||Idaho Steelheads|
|2009||Rick Kowalsky||Trenton Devils|
|2008||Chuck Weber||Cincinnati Cyclones|
|2007||Davis Payne||Alaska Aces|
|2006||Glen Gulutzan||Las Vegas Wranglers|
|2005||Nick Vitucci||Toledo Storm|
|2004||Pat Bingham||Wheeling Nailers|
|2003||Claude Noel||Toledo Storm|
|2002||Dave Farrish||Louisiana IceGators|
|2001||Troy Ward||Trenton Titans|
|2000||Bob Ferguson||Florida Everblades|
|1999||Bob Ferguson||Florida Everblades|
|1998||Chris Nilan||Chesapeake IceBreakers|
|1997||Brian McCutcheon||Columbus Chill|
|1996||Roy Sommer||Richmond Renegades|
|1995||Jim Playfair||Dayton Bombers|
|1994||Barry Smith||Knoxville Cherokees|
|1993||Kurt Kleinendorst||Raleigh IceCaps|
|1992||Doug Sauter||Winston-Salem Thunderbirds|
|1991||Don Jackson||Knoxville Cherokees|
|1990||Dave Allison||Virginia Lancers|
|1989||Ron Hansis||Erie Panthers|