Behind the ECHL Benches – Tim Branham

Tim Branham was named Head Coach/General Manager of Utah on July 8, 2013. He has led the Grizzlies to their seventh and eighth consecutive playoff appearances in his first two seasons behind the bench and compiled a record of 75-51-17. In Utah’s last two seasons, the team has had their two best winning percentages since 1999-2000. He went 37-27-8 in 2014-15 and defeated the Idaho Steelheads in the first round of the playoffs. In his first season as head coach, he led the Grizzlies to a 38-24-9 record.

Branham’s first year in Utah marked the Grizzlies best season on the ice since joining the ECHL in 2005 as they finished third in the Western Conference and second in the Mountain Division. Under Branham’s watch, the Grizzlies allowed the fewest goals in team history at 173. In 2013-14, the Grizzlies finished third in the ECHL allowing just 2.44 goals-per-game, was fourth in shots allowed at 27 per-game and fifth on the penalty-kill at 86.6-percent. The Grizzlies set an all-time team record by going unbeaten in 11-straight games at home from Dec.28, 2013-Jan. 29, 2014 in Branham’s first season and also tied the team record for fewest home losses in a season with six. Grizzlies’ players have made over 100 public appearances in the community the last two seasons: at local youth hockey practice, elementary schools, hospitals and more.

Branham, 34, joined the Grizzlies from the Reading Royals, where he spent the previous four seasons as an assistant coach. During his time with the Royals, the team went 143-89-23 in the regular season and captured the 2013 Kelly Cup title. In addition, during his tenure as the Royals assistant coach, Reading won seven playoff series, two division titles and was second in the ECHL in wins during the four-year period.

Since 2003, Branham has owned and operated Branham Hockey Camps in Wisconsin. The school, for youth hockey players, has multiple locations in the midwest. A native of Eagle River, Wis., Branham played 284 professional games in the ECHL and AHL during his playing career from 2002-10. A defenseman, he was selected in the third round by the Vancouver Canucks in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.

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Utah Grizzlies (ECHL)


2014-15Utah Grizzlies (ECHL)72372781156
ECHL Totals14375511716610