Tim Branham

WEST VALLEY CITY — Utah Grizzlies CEO Kevin Bruder announced Monday that Tim Branham has been named the team's head coach and general manager.

Branham, 32, joins the Grizzlies from the ECHL's Reading Royals; who in June won their first Kelly Cup Championship. Overall, Branham spent the last four seasons as an assistant coach in Reading where the Royals were 143-89-23 in the regular season, won seven playoff series and captured two division championships with him on staff. During the last four seasons, Reading led the Eastern Conference with 163 wins and was second overall in the entire league behind Alaska's 172 wins.

"Tim helped implement a winning culture in Reading that ultimately led to a Kelly Cup Championship," said Bruder. "He is very well-regarded around the ECHL as a bright young coach with high energy. It was more a matter of where then when for his first head coaching job and we are very excited to have him in Utah. He has a very bright future ahead of him."