This is the 19th in a series of biographies on the head coaches of the 25 teams in the ECHL in 2005-06.
ECHL.com will post a different coach’s biography each weekday at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Jason Fitzsimmons is in his fourth season as head coach and his eighth season behind the bench for the South Carolina Stingrays.
Named the third head coach in team history on May 7, 2002 following four seasons as an assistant, Fitzsimmons is 120-74-22 and has led South Carolina to the Kelly Cup Playoffs in each of his three seasons. He has won two Kelly Cup Championships with the Stingrays, as a player in 1997 when he shared Most Valuable Player honors in the postseason and as an assistant coach in 2001.
Selected in the 11th round (227th overall) by Vancouver in the 1992 National Hockey League Entry Draft, Fitzsimmons spent four years in the Canucks organization before signing as a free agent with the Edmonton Oilers in 1995. He played in the ECHL with Columbus (Ohio) in 1992-93 and with South Carolina from 1994-98.
Fitzsimmons and his wife, Chantel, reside in Goose Creek, South Carolina.