ECHL Coach’s Biography
Jason Fitzsimmons, South Carolina Stingrays

This is the 18th in a series of biographies on the head coaches of the 25 teams in the ECHL in 2006-07.

ECHL.com will post a different coach’s biography each day.

Jason Fitzsimmons is in his fifth season as head coach and his ninth season behind the bench for South Carolina having been named the third head coach in team history on May 7, 2002 following four seasons as an assistant coach.

Fitzsimmons has won two Kelly Cup championships with South Carolina, as a player in 1997 when he was named the Most Valuable Player of the postseason and as an assistant coach in 2001. Fitzsimmons had led the Stingrays to the postseason each of his first four seasons and is 152-99-37 in the regular season and 7-14 in the 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 and with South Carolina from 1994-98.

Fitzsimmons and his wife, Chantel, reside in Goose Creek, South Carolina.