This is the 13th in a series of biographies on the 28 men behind the benches of the ECHL in 2004-05.
Thursday: Robert Dirk of Texas
The ECHL recently asked each of its 28 coaches a series of six questions.
Here are the answers given by South Carolina’s Jason Fitzsimmons
Best player you have coached?
Best player who you played with during your career?
What is the toughest ECHL rink for a visiting team?
Carolina Coliseum in Columbia, South Carolina
Richmond County Civic Center in Augusta, Georgia
If you weren’t a hockey coach, what profession would you like to try?
Who is the person you admire most?
Your ideal golf foursome would have?
Phil Mickelson, Dale Jarrett, Wayne Gretzky
Jason Fitzsimmons is in his third season as head coach of the South Carolina Stingrays. He spent four seasons as an assistant coach before being named the team’s third head coach on May 7, 2002. Fitzsimmons is 81-50-13 and has led South Carolina to the Kelly Cup Playoffs in each of his first two seasons. Fitzsimmons has won two Kelly Cup Championships with the Stingrays, as a player in 1997 and as an assistant coach in 2001. Fitzsimmons played three seasons for South Carolina and was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1997 Kelly Cup Playoffs. Selected in the 11th round (227th overall) by Vancouver in the 1992 National Hockey League Entry Draft, Fitzsimmons spent four years in the Canucks organization before signing as a free agent with the Edmonton Oilers in 1995. He played in the ECHL with Columbus (Ohio) in 1992-93. Fitzsimmons and his wife, Chantel, reside in Goose Creek, South Carolina.