Dennis Williams- Head Coach
Dennis Williams, 40 (8/14/79), enters his third season behind the bench as Silvertips head coach and the engineer of success for the program with a pair of U.S. Division titles, a Western Conference championship, success in the classroom and several Silvertips earning looks for international play and selections in the NHL Entry Draft.
Named the fifth head coach in franchise history on May 15, 2017, Williams promptly embarked on a year-long journey which broke the Silvertips record for wins by a first year head coach (47), earned their third most points (99) in franchise history, set a new single season franchise record for goals (246), were second in the league for goal differential (+80), and earned eight goals or more in a game on five separate occasions. They broke single game franchise records for most goals in a game (11) and largest margin of victory (11) on Dec. 27 in an 11-0 victory at Vancouver, while goaltender Carter Hart earned his second CHL Goaltender of the Year award, and six different Silvertips were drafted by NHL clubs or signed to NHL or AHL contracts. Williams followed with another 47-win and 99-point season, the Silvertips fourth U.S. Division title in five seasons, while goaltender Dustin Wolf was named WHL Western Conference Goaltender of the Year and CHL Scholastic Player of the Year and two more Tips players: defenseman Gianni Fairbrother (Montreal) and Wolf (Calgary) were selected in the NHL Entry Draft. Since Williams took over behind the Silvertips bench, Silvertips goaltenders Dustin Wolf (Hlinka Gretzky Cup, Team USA), Carter Hart (U20 World Junior Championships, Team Canada), and defenseman Ronan Seeley (World U17 Hockey Challenge, Team Canada White) have suited up in international competition.
Addtionally serving behind the bench on the international level with Team Canada, this summer at the Hlinka Gretzky Cup and last season for Team Canada Black at the 2018 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, Williams carries 13 years of head coaching experience across junior and college levels with a combined win percentage of .681 over the last eight seasons as head coach with the Silvertips, Bloomington of the United States Hockey League, and Amarillo of the North American Hockey League. After guiding Bloomington to a 29-24-7 record and fifth place in the Eastern Conference in their expansion season of 2014-15, he led the Thunder in 2015-16 to a 36-18-6 record, an appearance in the Eastern Conference Final, and a victory shy of reaching the league’s Clark Cup Finals. He led Amarillo to three consecutive 40-win seasons from 2011-14, amassing a career record of 168-44-2-24 and a points percentage of .756 across four years in the NAHL. He delivered three straight South Division titles, back-to-back and league leading 46-win campaigns, and a Robertson Cup title to Amarillo in 2012-13.
Under Williams, the Bulls shattered a 35-year old record with 99 points in back to back seasons (2011-13) and he was named NAHL Coach of the Year after the Bulls’ league championship. Williams’ teams in Amarillo led the league in goals from 2011-13, and finished second in the NAHL with 207 goals with a +87 goal differential in 2013-14.
During his time in Amarillo and Bloomington, he helped 74 players advance to play in the NCAA Division-I ranks, and with the Bulls coached seven division All-Conference selections, two All-NAHL First Team members, one defenseman of the year, and one division All-Rookie honoree. With the Thunder, a total of 12 selections were either chosen for the NHL Entry Draft, and for rosters at the U17 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, U18 World Championships, and the Junior A World Challenge. He assisted with community outreach efforts with every one of his Bulls squads containing a community service award recipient, and his team in Bloomington was selected as recipient of the 2016-17 Curt Hammer Community Service Award.
The native of Stratford, Ontario has served Utica College and University of Alabama-Huntsville as assistant coach and started his head coaching career at the NCAA level with four seasons serving Neumann College and Bowling Green State University. both in head coach and assistant coach positions. The former right winger received his bachelors and masters degrees from Bowling Green, finishing with 117 career games, 20 points (12 goals, 8 assists), and 198 penalty minutes for the Falcons.
Dennis and his wife, Hollie, live in Lake Stevens and have two daughters, Emerson and Elyse.
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