John Marks recorded his 481st win and became the all-time winningest coach in ECHL history on Feb. 29 when Pensacola beat Florida 5-4 in a shootout.
He is 482-402-91 and is the career leader with 14 seasons and 975 games. He coached Charlotte from 1993-98 and Greenville from 1998-2006 and was the first coach to lead two different teams to the ECHL championship as Charlotte won the Riley Cup in 1996 and Greenville won the Kelly Cup in 2002. He left the ECHL for a year and led Fayetteville to the Southern Professional Hockey League championship in 2006-07.
His teams in Charlotte had a winning percentage over .600 and reached the postseason all five seasons, including 1995-96 when the Checkers were 13-3 in the postseason and won the Riley Cup. Marks teams in Greenville reached the Kelly Cup Playoffs five times, including 2001-02 when they went 13-4 to win the Kelly Cup. In 2003-04 Greenville improved by 50 points from 2002-03 to tie the ECHL record for largest single-season point increase.
He broke the record of John Brophy, who had 480 wins in 13 seasons with Hampton Road from 1989-2000 and Wheeling from 2001-03. The man for whom the ECHL Coach of the Year award is named led Hampton Roads to the postseason in each of his 11 seasons and won back-to-back championships in 1991 and 1992 and a league record third title in 1998. He is also the ECHL record holder for most playoff appearances (11), most playoff games (94) and most playoff wins (55).
Marks coached six seasons in the International Hockey League with Kalamazoo and Indianapolis from 1987-93, reaching the playoffs four times. He began his coaching career in 1982 as an assistant coach at his alma mater, the University of North Dakota who he helped guide to the NCAA Championship in 1987.
A two-time All-American as a defenseman at North Dakota, Marks was chosen in the first round (ninth overall) by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1968 National Hockey League Amateur Draft. He played 12 seasons in the Blackhawks organization including 10 years in the NHL where he had 275 points (112g-163a) and 330 penalty minutes in 657 regular season games and 14 points (5g-9a) and 60 penalty minutes in 57 playoff games and was selected to the Campbell Conference All-Star Team in 1976.
John Marks Milestone Wins
First ECHL Win – Charlotte won 4-3 against South Carolina on Oct. 20, 1993
100th ECHL Win – Charlotte won 4-3 against Richmond on Jan. 17, 1996
200th ECHL Win – Greenville won 4-3 at South Carolina on Nov. 25, 1998
300th ECHL Win – Greenville won 7-5 at Columbus, Oct. 26, 2002
400th ECHL Win – Greenville won 6-3 at Pee Dee, Jan. 15, 2005
450th ECHL Win – Greenville won 3-2 at Charlotte, Feb. 17, 2006
480th ECHL Win – Pensacola won 3-2 against Gwinnett, Feb. 22, 2008
481st ECHL Win – Pensacola won 5-4 in shootout against Florida on Feb. 29, 2008
Most Career Coaching Wins
1. 482 – John Marks, Pensacola, Charlotte (1993-98) and Greenville (1998-2006)
2. 480 – John Brophy, Hampton Roads (1989-2000) and Wheeling (2001-03)
3. 344 – Jeff Pyle, Gwinnett (2003 to present) and Mobile (1998-2002)
4. 332 – Frank Anzalone, Nashville (1991-92), Roanoke (1993-98), Pee Dee (1999-2001) and Johnstown (2005-07)
5. 317 – Jeff Brubaker, Greensboro (1989-95), Jacksonville (1995-96), Tallahassee (1998-99) and Greensboro (1999-2001)
6. 313 – Gerry Fleming, Florida (2001 to present) and Tallahassee (2000-01)
7. 305 – Jason Christie, Utah (2005 to present) and Peoria (2000-05)