In a press conference, the South Carolina Stingrays announced they have promoted assistant coach Ryan Warsofsky to head coach following Spencer Carbery`s decision to coach the Saginaw Spirit of the OHL.
Warsofsky is the seventh coach in the club history. the 28 year old native of North Marshfield, Massachusetts is the first American born coach in Stingrays history. Warsofsky becomes the fifth youngest coach in ECHL history and is the youngest active coach.
Warsofsky spent the last three years as assistant coach and assistant director of hockey operations and in charge of the defense and special teams. This past year, he helped lead the Stingrays to the fewest goals allowed,162, in franchise history. The special teams were top five in the league. The penalty kill ranked first, for the second straight year, at 87.5% and a fourth ranked power play clicking at 19.6%.
“I am extremely excited about this new opportunity in my coaching career,” said Warsofsky. Warsofsky also said this is a “tremendous opportunity” for him and he looks to put together a “team that plays fast and hard, and is a group that our fans can be proud of every single night.”
Former Director of Communications and Broadcasting Joey Zakrzewski told me in an email that Ryan is “great to work with” and that “he will work closely with the players and staff and continue the traditions of an outstanding organization.”
Stingrays President Rob Concannon said it is “The start of a new era for the Stingrays”. This new era will begin on October 22 against the rival Greenville Swamp Rabbits.