Williamson

May 13, 2014, KENNEWICK, WA (ISN)  – Tri-City Americans Governor/General Manager Bob Tory announced today at a press conference that the team has signed Mike Williamson to a multi-year contract to serve as the club’s new head coach.

Williamson replaces Jim Hiller on the Tri-City bench, becoming the 14th full-time coach in the franchise’s history.

After spending 13 seasons with the Calgary Hitmen and Portland Winter Hawks, Williamson brings a wealth of Western Hockey League experience to Tri-City.  Williamson’s 427 wins and 888 WHL games coached both rank 3rd among active coaches in the WHL.  Williamson’s stats also rank 9th all-time in WHL games coached and 11th all-time in games won.

“I have known (Mike), personally, since he was a 17-year-old player who I recruited to Portland from Red Deer College,” Tory explained.  “He has had tremendous success at the WHL level and is known as a player’s coach who is demanding yet firm and calm.  Mike brings a great deal of experience and passion to our hockey club and I look forward to working with Mike moving forward.”

After playing with Portland from 1991-94, Williamson began his coaching career with the Winter Hawks in 1995-96, serving as an assistant coach under Brent Peterson.  After spending five seasons as an assistant, including winning a Memorial Cup in 1998-99, Williamson was promoted to Head Coach midway through the 1999-00 season.  Williamson then served an additional 7 seasons as Portland’s bench boss before being let go following the 2006-07 season.

After a two-year hiatus, Williamson returned to the coaching ranks in 2009-10, taking over the reins of the Calgary Hitmen, where he would spend the next five seasons.  In Williamson’s first season, his Hitmen faced-off against the Americans in the WHL Finals, eventually earning the franchise’s second WHL Championship.  In all, over his 12+ seasons as a head coach in the WHL, Williamson has coached 888 games, compiling an overall record of 427-374-36-20 with 31 ties.  Williamson also has 105 WHL Playoff games to his credit, along with a 54-51 post-season record and 9 playoff series victories.

“My family and I are extremely excited for this opportunity,” stated Williamson.  “The familiarity I have with Bob and Innes, as well as returning to the Pacific Northwest, will help the transition.  I look forward to getting settled in the Tri-Cities and getting to work.”

The Americans are pleased to announce that 2014-2015 Season Tickets are now on sale!  Enjoy the best seats – and the best rates – in the Toyota Center!  And, ask about our brand new Complete Season Plan, featuring tickets to every home game, from pre-season to post-season, all for one low monthly payment!  Call (509) 736-0606, visit AmsHockey.com or drop by the Americans offices’ at the bottom level of the Toyota Center for more information.

*Photo credit: John Allen, Arid Acres Photography

Mike Williamson’s Coaching Record

 

Regular Season

Playoffs

Season

Team

Games

W

L

OTL

SOL

T

Games

W

L

1999-00

Portland

24

7

15

0

0

2

0

0

0

2000-01

Portland

72

37

27

3

0

5

16

9

7

2001-02

Portland

72

36

25

6

0

5

7

3

4

2002-03

Portland

72

19

40

5

0

8

7

3

4

2003-04

Portland

72

34

29

3

0

6

5

1

4

2004-05

Portland

72

35

27

5

0

5

7

3

4

2005-06

Portland

72

32

32

3

5

0

12

5

7

2006-07

Portland

72

17

52

1

2

0

0

0

0

2009-10

Calgary

72

52

17

1

2

0

23

16

7

2010-11

Calgary

72

20

47

3

2

0

0

0

0

2011-12

Calgary

72

44

25

2

1

0

5

1

4

2012-13

Calgary

72

46

21

1

4

0

17

11

6

2013-14

Calgary

72

48

17

3

4

0

6

2

4

 

Totals

888

427

374

36

20

31

105

54

51

Tri-City Americans All-Time Head Coaches

Coach

Season(s)

Games

Record

Win%

John Olver

1988-89

72

33-34-5

0.493

Rick Kozuback

1989-91

144

75-60-9

0.552

 

1993-94

52

14-35-3

0.298

 

Totals

196

89-95-12

0.485

Mike Busniuk

1991-92

24

9-13-2

0.417

Gerry Johannson

1991-92

1

1-0-0

1.000

Bob McCammon

1991-94

137

58-74-5

0.442

Keith Gretzky

1993-94

2

0-2-0

0.000

Bob Loucks

1994-97

222

103-104-14

0.498

Rick Lanz

1997-98

66

17-44-5

0.295

Don Hay

1998-00

144

67-64-13

0.510

Al Tuer

2000-01

72

21-36-15

0.396

Troy Mick

2001-02

72

31-31-10

0.500

Shaun Clouston

2002-03

60

16-39-5

0.308

Bob Tory

2002-03

12

4-5-3

0.458

 

2007-08

7

5-1-1

0.786

 

2008-09

1

1-0-0

1.000

 

Totals

20

10-6-4

0.600

Don Nachbaur

2003-09

423

229-154-40

0.589

Terry Virtue

2008-09

1

0-1-0

0.000

Jim Hiller

2009-14

360

210-124-26

0.619

 

Totals

1,872

894-819-159

0.520


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