This is the 27th in a series of biographies on the 28 men behind the benches of the ECHL in 2004-05.
Thursday: Bryan Maxwell of the Victoria Salmon Kings
The ECHL recently asked each of its 28 coaches a series of six questions.
Here are the answers given by Wheeling’s Pat Bingham.
Best player you have coached?
Best player who you played with during your career?
What is the toughest ECHL rink for a visiting team?
Cambria County War Memorial in Johnstown, Pennsylvania
If you weren’t a hockey coach, what profession would you like to try?
Play in a blues band
Who is the person you admire most?
Fr. John Caulfield
Your ideal golf foursome would have?
Fr. John Caulfield, Chris Farley and Bruce Lee
Pat Bingham is in his second season as head coach of Wheeling. In his first season in 2003-04, Bingham was named ECHL Coach of the Year after leading the Nailers back to the postseason for the first time since 1997-98. Wheeling set team records for points (106), wins (50), home wins (28) and road wins (22) while also setting the ECHL record for shutouts with 11. Bingham was assistant coach and director of hockey operations for Wheeling in 2001-02. He coached Adirondack in the United Hockey League in 2002-03 going 44-28-4 while setting team records for wins and points and advancing to the postseason. In 2000-01, Bingham led Asheville to the Eastern Conference’s best record and a berth in the Colonial Cup Finals. The 36-year-old Bingham coached Huntsville of the Central Hockey League in 1999-2000, finishing with a 37-27-6 record. Bingham is in his fourth season as a professional head coach and his seventh season overall behind the bench. Bingham played four seasons in the ECHL with Nashville, Hampton Roads and Richmond. He scored 104 points (36g-68a) in 143 regular season games and 19 points (8g-11a) in 20 postseason games. Bingham helped Hampton Roads win the ECHL Championship in 1991 scoring 15 points (6g-9a) to lead all ECHL defensemen in the postseason. Bingham also played in the American Hockey League with Binghamton, in the Sunshine Hockey League with Lakeland and Jacksonville and in the Colonial Hockey League with Brantford. He played four seasons in the Western Hockey League with New Westminster and Kamloops, who he helped win the WHL Championship in 1986. Bingham and his wife, Tanya, live in Wheeling.