The Checkers will have a new face on the bench next to head coach Mike Vellucci as Carolina has hired Ryan Warsofsky as assistant coach.
The 30-year-old spent the last two seasons in the ECHL serving as South Carolina’s Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations. Warsofsky went 88-44-10-2 during his tenure with the Stingrays and became the second-youngest coach in league history to lead a team to the finals in 2016-17 when he guided South Carolina to a Kelly Cup appearance.
“Ryan has had a lot of success for a young coach,” said Hurricanes GM Don Waddell in a press release. “We’re excited to have him work with our prospects in Charlotte.”
Warsofsky began his coaching career in 2012-13 when he served as an assistant at Curry College before becoming South Carolina’s assistant coach from 2013-14 until he got the head coaching job in 2016-17.
As a player, the North Marshfield, MA, native appeared in 71 NCAA games over four years at Sacred Heart and Curry College, posting 47 points (13g, 34a) from the blue line. Warsofsky then played season of pro hockey in 2011-12, making appearances in Belgium, the CHL and the FHL.
Warsofsky is the third assistant coach in franchise history, filling the spot of Peter Andersson, who manned the position for each of the last two seasons. Prior to Andersson, current Springfield Thunderbirds head coach Geordie Kinnear held Charlotte’s assistant coach mantle for the team’s first six campaigns.