Steve Stirling

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Steve Stirling
Steve Stirling 1973.jpg
Boston Braves 1973
Born (1949-11-19) November 19, 1949 (age 69)
Toronto, Ontario
PositionBinghamton Senators
Previous team(s)Norfolk Admirals
Springfield Falcons
New York Islanders
Iserlohn Roosters
Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Babson College
Providence College
Lowell Lock Monsters
Years as an NHL coach2003–2006
Steve Stirling
Biographical details
Alma materBoston University
Playing career
1968–1971Boston University
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1978–1983Babson College
1985–1993Babson College
1998–2001Lowell Lock Monsters (Assistant)
2001–2003Bridgeport Sound Tigers
2003–2006New York Islanders
2006–2007Springfield Falcons
2007–2008Norfolk Admirals
2008–2009Iserlohn Roosters
2009–2010HC Fassa
2010–2017Binghamton Senators (Assistant)
2017–PresentOttawa Senators (Scout)
Head coaching record
Overall290–120–28 (.694) [College]
Accomplishments and honors
1985 Hockey East Tournament Champion
1990 ECAC East Champion
1992 ECAC East Tournament Champion
1980 Edward Jeremiah Award
1982 Edward Jeremiah Award

Steve Stirling (born November 19, 1949) is an assistant coach of the Binghamton Senators of the American Hockey League. He is the former head coach of the American Hockey League's Norfolk Admirals, the Springfield Falcons, and the National Hockey League's New York Islanders.


Before coaching the Admirals to their worst finish in franchise history, he spent a season and a half as coach of the Islanders before his dismissal in January 2006. During his rookie campaign in the NHL, Stirling led the Islanders to a pretty impressive record of 38–29–11–4. In the NHL playoffs, Stirling's Islanders were beaten by the eventual Stanley Cup winning Tampa Bay Lightning in five games.

He has also played centre for various teams in the NCAA, AHL and NAHL. He has previously served as head coach of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, Springfield Falcons, Babson College, and Providence College and as assistant coach of the Islanders and the Lowell Lock Monsters. While in college Stirling never had a losing season. He is also one of the few people to coach as three different levels of NCAA hockey.

After the disappointing season with the Admirals, general manager Jay Feaster announced that Steve Stirling would not be the coach heading into the 2008–09 AHL season. Stirling has been given a job as a scout for the hockey club. On June 16 the German DEL club Iserlohn Roosters announced that Stirling signed a 2-year contract as their head coach. After 44 games and a 0–6 series he was dismissed by the German DEL-Club on February 5, 2009.

Steve was signed as an assistant coach of the Binghamton Senators (Ottawa's farm team) in 2009. The Binghamton Senators won the AHL Calder Cup National Championship one season later.


He is the father of former minor league goaltender Scott Stirling.[1]

Head coaching record[edit]


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Babson Beavers (ECAC 2) (1978–1983)
1978–79 Babson College 15–8–0
1979–80 Babson College 17–8–3
1980–81 Babson College 14–10–0
1981–82 Babson College 20–7–2
1982–83 Babson College 22–8–1
Babson College: 88–31–6
Providence Friars (ECAC Hockey) (1983–1984)
1983–84 Providence 21–12–2 12–7–2 t-5th ECAC Quarterfinals
Providence: 21–12–2 12–7–2
Providence Friars (Hockey East) (1984–1985)
1984–85 Providence 23–17–5 15–14–5 3rd NCAA Runner-Up
Providence: 23–17–5 15–14–5
Babson Beavers (ECAC East) (1985–1993)
1985–86 Babson College 20–8–1
1986–87 Babson College 20–8–1
1987–88 Babson College 23–9–0
1988–89 Babson College 19–10–1
1989–90 Babson College 19–4–8 1st
1990–91 Babson College 20–8–0
1991–92 Babson College 20–5–3
1992–93 Babson College 17–8–1
Babson College: 158–60–15
Total: 290–120–28

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
NYI 2003–04 82 38 29 11 4 91 3rd in Atlantic Lost in First round (TB)
NYI 2005–06 42 18 22 2 (78) 4th in Atlantic (fired)
Total 124 56 51 11 6

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-ECAC Hockey First Team 1970–71 [2]
AHCA East All-American 1970–71 [3]
ECAC Hockey All-Tournament Second Team 1971
All-NCAA All-Tournament Team 1971 [4]


  1. ^
  2. ^ "ECAC All-Teams". College Hockey Historical Archives. Retrieved May 19, 2013.
  3. ^ "Men's Ice Hockey Award Winners" (PDF). Retrieved June 11, 2013.
  4. ^ "NCAA Frozen Four Records" (PDF). Retrieved June 19, 2013.

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Don Brose
Herb Hammond
Edward Jeremiah Award
Succeeded by
Herb Hammond
Mike Gibbons/Peter Van Buskirk
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Peter Laviolette
Head coach of the New York Islanders
Succeeded by
Brad Shaw