This is the seventh 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.
In his fifth season as head coach and director of player development, Gerry Fleming is the second coach in team history and the longest-tenured coach, having been named to the position on June 1, 2001. Fleming has led the Everblades to the Kelly Cup Finals in each of the past two seasons and to the Kelly Cup Playoffs in all four of his seasons.
In four seasons with Florida, he is 151-95-42 in the regular season and 24-18 in the postseason. When Florida advanced to the Kelly Cup Finals in 2004 it marked the first time that the team had won a postseason series since its inaugural season in 1998-99. Fleming, who was co-coach of the Southern Conference in the 2003 ECHL All-Star Game, played seven seasons professionally in the Montreal organization primarily with the Canadiens’ American Hockey League affiliate in Fredericton, New Brunswick. He scored 112 points (44g-68a) and had 1,142 penalty minutes in 298 games with Fredericton and in 1998 became only the second player in team history to have his jersey retired.
Fleming had two stints in the National Hockey League with Montreal appearing in five games in 1993-94 and six games in 1994-95. He became an assistant coach with Fredericton in 1998-99 and remained with the team when it relocated to Quebec for 1999-2000. He became head coach of Tallahassee in the ECHL in 2000-01 and led the Tiger Sharks to a 38-27-7 record, the third-best record in team history. Fleming has a degree in psychology with a minor in sports psychology from the University of Prince Edward Island. Fleming and his wife, Carol, reside in Estero, Florida with their daughter, Jessica Hill.