Kelly Cup Playoffs

Game 1

What: Eastern Conference Quarterfinals

Who: Wheeling Nailers vs. South Carolina Stingrays

When: Friday, 7:05 p.m.

Where: North Charleston Coliseum

Tickets: 744-2248

In their 21 seasons in Charleston, the South Carolina Stingrays have won three ECHL championships and had two players earn league MVP awards.

But until Tuesday, the Stingrays had never had an ECHL coach of the year.

South Carolina's Spencer Carbery has been named the league's recipient of the John Brophy Award as the ECHL coach of the year.

Despite a rash of injuries and call-ups to the American Hockey League, Carbery led the Stingrays to the ECHL's South Division title, the club's first division championship since capturing the Southeast Division title in 2000-01, with a 43-23-6 record for 92 points. It was the third straight season that the Stingrays have improved their record from the previous year.

"I'm very honored, humbled and proud to receive this award," Carbery said. "You think about all the great coaches in this league and the former winners and you realize what an honor it is. It's a huge deal to me that my colleagues around the league voted for me. I think that is what means the most."

In three seasons as South Carolina's head coach, Carbery has compiled a 118-77-21 record and led the Stingrays to the Kelly Cup playoffs each season. Carbery was named the sixth head coach in Stingrays' history during the summer of 2011 after serving as the team's assistant coach for one season under Cail MacLean.

"I certainly didn't do this by myself," Carbery said. "This is a reflection on the entire organization and a testament to (assistant coach) Ryan (Warsofsky) and all the guys we've had in our locker room and all the hard work they've put in all season.

"I didn't score a single goal or make a save all season, so at the end of the day, this is as much about the guys who step on the ice every night as it about me."

Carbery joined the organization as a player during the 2008-09 campaign and helped the Stingrays capture their third Kelly Cup championship. Carbery recorded 22 goals and 26 assists for 48 points in 94 games with the Stingrays and was named the inaugural recipient of the Jerry Zucker Community Service Award in 2009.

"I could not be more proud of the job Spencer has done this season and the growth he has made over the last three seasons as our head coach," said Stingrays president Rob Concannon. "To finally be rewarded in this manner is a true testament to his work on a daily basis."

Carbery skated in four professional seasons with the Bakersfield Condors, Stockton Thunder, Fresno Falcons and Stingrays of the ECHL and the Tulsa Oilers of the Central Hockey League.