SAN JOSE – The San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) announced today that Scott Gordon and Ryan Warsofsky have been named as assistant coaches on Head Coach David Quinn’s staff. In addition, Thomas Speer has been named as NHL goaltending coach and Nick Gialdini has been named as video coach.
“I am thrilled to announce our coaching staff for the upcoming season,” said Quinn. “Scott brings an immeasurable amount of experience and knowledge of the game to our staff, and Ryan is a passionate individual who has proven himself as an up-and-coming head coach, winning the Calder Cup with the Chicago Wolves this past season.”
“Thomas has a great track record with each of the goalies he has worked with, and Nick has earned the opportunity at the NHL level after having been with the Sharks organization for the last several years. We are excited to have each of them with us .”
Gordon, 59, brings more than two decade’s worth of experience as a National Hockey League and American Hockey League (AHL) head and assistant coach. Since 2015-16, he has served as the head coach of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms (AHL). Under his guidance, the Phantoms have posted a 239-174-35-25 record, including a 2017-18 Atlantic Division title when the team advanced to the 2018 AHL Eastern Conference Final, and three top-two finishes within their division.
He was named interim head coach for the Philadelphia Flyers on Dec. 17, 2018 and served in that capacity for the remainder of the 2018-19 season. During that time, Philadelphia went 25-22-4 in 51 games, and held the ninth-best penalty kill percentage in the NHL.
Prior to his time with the Flyers organization, Gordon worked as an assistant coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs for three seasons (2011-14).
He was also head coach of the New York Islanders from 2008-11. Prior to working with the Islanders, Gordon spent eight seasons (2000-2008) as a head and assistant coach with the Providence Bruins (AHL). During that span, the Bruins posted a 332-222-40-46 (WLT-OTL) record, qualified for the playoffs six times, including two Eastern Conference Final appearances.
Gordon spent two seasons (1999-2000) as head coach of the Roanoke Express (ECHL) and started his professional coaching career in the International Hockey League as an assistant coach with the Atlanta Knights (1994-96) and Quebec Rafales (1996-97 ).
Internationally, he has worked with USA Hockey on several occasions. He served as an assistant coach on the men’s 2010 Olympic hockey team, where he helped Team USA earn a silver medal, and on the 2016 World Cup of Hockey team. He also was head coach for the United States at the World Championships on three occasions (2010-12) and as an assistant coach in 2009.
Warsofsky, 34, joins the Sharks after two seasons as head coach of the Chicago Wolves (AHL). Last season, Warsofsky led the Wolves to the AHL’s best regular-season record with a 50-16-5-5 record (.724%) and captured the 2022 Calder Cup, earning a 14-4 record over four different series during the playoffs . The year prior in his first stint with Chicago, Warsofsky guided the team to the third-best record in the league (21-9-1-2), but the AHL did not hold a formal playoffs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In his two seasons, the Wolves amassed a 71-25-6-7 record and the team’s penalty kill ranked in the Top-10 twice (2021-22, fifth; 2020-21, ninth) and the power-play ranked fourth in 2020-21.
Prior to his time with Chicago, Warsofsky worked with the Charlotte Checkers (AHL) for two seasons. He started as an assistant coach in 2018-19 before being named as the League’s youngest head coach (31) on July 10, 2019. As an assistant with Charlotte in 2017-18, he helped the team capture the Calder Cup, overseeing the top penalty killing unit in the League (86.6%). The following year in the abbreviated season, Charlotte went 34-22-5-0 and ranked third in both power-play and penalty kill percentage.
As head coach in the AHL with Chicago and Charlotte, Warsofsky has earned a 105-47-11-7 record (.671%).
Warsofsky also worked with the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays for five seasons, including two seasons as head coach/director of hockey operations (2016-2018) after starting as an assistant coach. In his two seasons at the helm, South Carolina posted an 88-44-10-2 record and the team advanced to the Kelly Cup Final in 2017.
Warsofsky has also worked as an assistant coach in the NCAA with Curry College for one season (2012-13).
Speer, 35, previously served as the Stockton Heat’s goaltending coach for three seasons. Under his watch in the prior two seasons, Dustin Wolf finished eighth in goals against average among AHL goal qualified, and in 2020-21, Garret Sparks ranked ninth in the category. He has also worked with the Allen American in the ECHL over four years as goaltending coach and with the Wichita Falls Wildcats of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) as a goaltending coach and scout.
Internationally, he has served as the goaltending coach for Team USA, including the USA World Junior Championship U-18 team in 2017-18.
As a player, he played over four seasons in the NCAA Division III program with the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and UMass-Boston. He also appeared in three ECHL games with the Idaho Steelheads and Las Vegas Wranglers.
Gialdini, 31, has been with the Sharks organization for nine years, serving as the Barracuda’s video coach and hockey operations manager for the past six seasons and three seasons assisting the Sharks scouting department in various capacities. He initially joined the organization after spending nine years as a youth hockey coach, helping the Jr. Sharks 18AAA team, and also worked four years as high school hockey coordinator at Sharks Ice at San Jose.
Gialdini graduated from San Jose State University in 2016.