By Brian Compton
Over the last few years Jared Bednar had hopes that he would one day become the head coach of the South Carolina Stingrays. So much so that he would rarely apply for other coaching jobs in the ECHL.
He hoped that patience would be a virtue.
In April, Jason Fitzsimmons gave up the coaching duties in Charleston after a five-year run, opening the door for Bednar to become the franchise’s fourth head coach. The 35-year-old is thrilled to be taking over a club that is rich in history.
Bednar was a defenseman for the Stingrays for five seasons – winning two championships along the way — before hanging up the blades to become the team’s assistant coach. He and Fitzsimmons guided the Stingrays to 188 victories over the past five seasons, making the playoffs for four-straight years until missing the dance by one point in 2006-07.
Now, it’s Bednar’s job to get the Stingrays back there. It’s a challenge he’s more than happy to accept, one he’s waited a long time for.