This is the 29th in a series of biographies on the 31 men behind the benches of the ECHL in 2003-04.
Tomorrow: Bill Armstrong of the Trenton Titans
Steve Harrison was hired as Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel for Toledo on July 15, 2003. Harrison comes to the Storm after four seasons with Sault Ste. Marie in the Ontario Hockey League where he served as assistant coach, associate coach and head coach. Sault Ste. Marie advanced to the Final Four of the OHL playoffs in 2001 and was ranked as one of the Top 10 teams in the OHL in 2001-02 before being eliminated in the first round of the playoffs. Prior to joining Sault Ste. Marie, Harrison spent two seasons as an assistant coach with Erie of the OHL. Harrison began his coaching career in 1992-93 as a player-assistant coach with Fort Worth of the Central Hockey League. Following his retirement as a player after the 1992-93 season, Harrison was named head coach of Fort Worth. In 1995, Harrison was named head coach of Minot (North Dakota) in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Selected in the third round (39th overall) by St. Louis in the 1978 National Hockey League Amateur Draft, Harrison was a member of five championship teams in a 19-year playing career. In his first season of major junior hockey, Harrison helped the Toronto Marlboros win the 1975 Memorial Cup. He helped Salt Lake win back-to-back titles in 1980 and 1981 in the Central Hockey League , which, at the time was the direct feeder league to the NHL. Harrison, who played for the Toledo Goaldiggers for part of the 1984-85 season, won his third professional title in 1987 when he helped Salt Lake capture the International Hockey League’s Turner Cup. Harrison played two seasons in Finland and three seasons in France, helping Grenoble win a championship. Harrison and his wife, Laurel, have a 16-year-old son, Andrew, and a 12-year-old daughter, Jacqueline.
Regular Season PlayoffsSeason Team G W L T G W L1993-94 Fort Worth (CHL) 64 25 37 2 - - -1994-95 Fort Worth (CHL) 66 32 26 8 - - -