The Sharks recently made their hire of David Quinn as their next head coach official, and now Quinn’s staff is starting to take shape. According to San Jose Hockey Now’s Sheng Peng, the Sharks will hire Ryan Warsofsky as an assistant coach with the responsibility of running the team’s defense and penalty kill.
Warsofsky, 34, is one of the fastest-rising coaching prospects in hockey. 2021-22 was Warsofsky’s second season behind the bench of the AHL’s Chicago Wolves, and it ended in a Calder Cup championship for the team. The win was Warsofsky’s second Calder Cup victory, as he won his first as an assistant on Mike Vellucci’s Charlotte Checkers staff. Warsofsky got his first experience as a head coach as the bench boss for the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays.
Warsofsky has won at every level he’s coached at, and he boasts a combined 193-91-30 record in 314 games of head coaching experience across two professional leagues and three teams. His Chicago Wolves squad last season had the fifth-best penalty kill in the AHL and had the fourth-least goals against, meaning he has a strong resume in the areas he’ll be asked to focus on in San Jose.
The expectation for GM Mike Grier, Quinn, and the entire Sharks organization is to deliver winning hockey to the San Jose market in 2022-23. Adding Warsofsky should certainly help them get there.