NORTH CHARLESTON, SC – The South Carolina Stingrays announced their seventh coach in team history on Wednesday, continuing the tradition of hiring from within. Ryan Warsofsky will jump from assistant to head coach replacing Spencer Carbery, who recently accepted a job with the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit.

Photo: Sarah Hobday/The Sin Bin
Photo: Sarah Hobday/The Sin Bin

Warsofsky joined Carbery’s coaching staff prior to the 2013-14 season as an assistant coach, after a season as an assistant at Curry College. Warsofsky enjoyed great success in South Carolina leading the penalty killing and defense corps. The penalty kill finished tops in the ECHL in both 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. The Stingrays also set a franchise record for the fewest goals allowed in a season in consecutive seasons under Warsofsky’s guidance (163 and 162 respectively).

“I am extremely excited about this new opportunity in my coaching career,” said Warsofsky. “I have had the pleasure of working in this first-class organization for the past three years and cannot wait to start the 2016-17 season. I would first like to thank the entire Zucker family — Anita, Jonathan, and Jeffrey — for giving me this tremendous opportunity to lead this historic franchise. I am looking forward to the upcoming year and putting together a team that plays fast and hard, and is a group that our fans can be proud of every single night.” Warsofsky was emotional as he thanked his friend Spencer Carbery.

Warsofsky takes over for Carbery, who had a very successful in tenure in the Lowcountry. The Stingrays finished second in the eastern conference with 98 points and was a win away from returning to the Kelly Cup finals this past season. In 2014-15, Carbery and Warsofsky led the Stingrays to game 7 of the Kelly Cup Finals and an ECHL-record 23-game winning streak.

DID YOU KNOW: The new bench boss already has a win under his belt behind the South Carolina bench. On November 1st, 2015 season, Carbery was sick and unable to coach. Warsofsky took over and led the Stingrays to a 5-2 win over Evansville for his first win as a head coach.

Head coach of the Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins, Mike Sullivan, has a close relationship with the Warsofsky family. They are both from Marshfield, Massachusetts. Sullivan’s parents are Warsofsky’s Godparents and the new coach credits Sullivan as a big part of his career.

The Stingrays open the season at home on October 22 against the Greenville Swamp Rabbits.

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