Another coaching change in the ECHL’s Western Conference

The Stockton Thunder isn’t the only team looking for a new coach.

In an unexpected move, Kevin Colley resigned after after five seasons as the head coach of the Utah Grizzlies, citing the popular and vague “to pursue other opportunities” phrase as his reasoning.

He’s a good coach, and if those possible other opportunities include coaching in another ECHL city, then Thunder owner Brad Rowbotham should give him a look.

This is the fourth coaching opening in the West since the end of the regular season. Matt Thomas left the Thunder to go to the University of Alaska-Anchorage, and Matt O’Dette in Bakersfield and Ryan Mougenel in Las Vegas were fired.

The last two spots are filled. Longtime Vegas captain Mike Madill retired and immediately became the Wranglers’ coach, and the Condors recently hired Troy Mann, who had been an assistant with the Hershey Bears of the AHL.

So next season four of the West’s nine teams will have new leaders standing behind the benches.

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