Web Exclusive: Tim Branham's coaching style

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Web Exclusive: Tim Branham's coaching style (Photo provided by the Utah Grizzlies)

(KUTV) Tim Branham is not too far removed from the game of hockey when it comes to coaching.

He was a player not that long ago.

"When I first started out, I was coaching players that I had just played with the year before, or players that were older than me," he said. "As the years go on, I'm starting to get away from that, obviously."

And since he is younger, he has to find the right line between being a friend and a coach.

"I think the coaches that have success are the ones that can balance that," he said.

Branham has become known for making changes to the roster in the middle of the season.

"I've probably done it every year. I don't like making trades," he said. "I don't go out looking for that trade just to make a trade."

But so far, it's worked out that way and has helped the team succeed.

"It's tough to cut players. You have such control over their lives, and there's so many things that are affected if you cut someone, or release someone, or if you trade them," Branham said. "But, it's definitely gratifying when they get called up, being able to let them know that their hard work is paying off."

Branham hopes to stay in Utah for awhile.

"I am young, so I'm not in a hurry," he said.

He would love to bring a ECHL Championship to the city.

"That would just be the pinnacle of everything for me," he said.

But, he does hope to eventually move up to a higher league at some point.

"I love it here. I'll always come back. If I ever leave or go somewhere else, I'll always have a place here to come back and stay in the summer, that's for sure," he said.

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