This is the 21st 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.
Nick Vitucci is in his third full season as head coach and director of player personnel for Toledo. He was named to the position on May 12, 2004 and received a two-year extension on July 18, 2006.
In his second full season in 2005-06, the Storm advanced to the American Conference Finals, which is the farthest postseason advancement since 1996. Toledo finished atop the North Division with a 46-21-5 record and swept Johnstown in the division semifinals before beating Wheeling in five games in the division finals in the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
Vitucci, who was named ECHL Coach of the Year in 2004-05 after Toledo finished 41-26-5, is 101-74-18 in the regular season and has led the Storm to the postseason each of the past two years, the first back-to-back playoff appearances since 1998 and 1999 and the 11th and 12th postseason appearances in the team’s 15-year history. He initially took over the team as interim head coach on January 26, 2004 as the team went 14-27-8 in the final 49 regular season games.
The 39-year-old played for Toledo from 1993-95 and he has won five ECHL championships – four as a player (1989, 1990, 1994 and 1996) and one as an assistant coach (2002) – which is more than any other individual in league history.
He holds the ECHL career goaltender records for games (479), minutes (27,291), wins (265), 20-win seasons (7) and consecutive 30-win seasons (2) while he is tied for the career lead in 30-win seasons (2) and consecutive 20-win seasons (4).
Named to the ECHL 15th Anniversary Team in 2003, Vitucci holds the ECHL postseason goaltender records for games (80), minutes (4,841) and wins (43) while ranking third among all players in games (80).
He was named First-Team All-ECHL in 1991-92 and 1997-98 and was named Goaltender of the Year in 1997-98. He was named Most Valuable Player in both the 1989 and the 1996 Riley Cup Playoffs.
Vitucci and his wife, Dawn, reside in Lambertville, Michigan with their son, Keegan.