Late Thursday night I was able to confirm with a source in the organization what Gregg Drinnan of the Taking Note blog first reported: that Dennis Williams is a “done deal” to be the next head coach of the Everett Silvertips.
Source: Silvertips have deal with coach … Brooks skating, but future uncertain … Cougars lose goaltender … https://t.co/gOMMHd9KBr
— Gregg Drinnan (@gdrinnan) May 12, 2017
There has been no official announcement by the organization and a call to Everett general manager Garry Davidson was not immediately returned. Davidson told me Tuesday that he planned to get the hiring completed “within the next couple weeks at the most,” so this certainly fits that time frame.
Williams has been the general manager and head coach of the USHL’s Bloomington (Illinois) Thunder the past three seasons. Prior to that, he held the same two positions with the Amarillo Bulls of the NAHL. The Tips, Thunder and Bulls are all owned by the Medicine Hat-based Monarch Corporation, of which Bill Yuill is chairman and CEO.
A 37-year-old native of Stratford, Ontario, Williams played at Bowling Green University from 1997-2001.
Williams began his coaching career as an assistant at Utica College in New York during the 2003-04 season before he spent three years as the head coach at Neumann College in Pennsylvania.
Following a year as an assistant at Alabama-Huntsville, Williams returned to his alma mater, Bowling Green, as an assistant prior to the 2008-09 season and assumed head coaching duties the next year. He began his three-year stint with the Bulls prior to the 2011-12 season and moved on to the Thunder beginning with the 2014-15 season.
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