Dempers, Williams Brothers To Lead Vols


August 16, 2011 – KNOXVILLE, Tenn. –  The Ice Hockey Club at the University of Tennessee is pleased to announce that coaches Chris Dempers, Donald Williams and Joe Williams will remain on staff to lead the Tennessee Ice Vols through there historic 45th year of college hockey.

Chris Dempers, a native of Oshawa, Ontario has been promoted to Head Coach. Chris has coached the Ice Vols for 3 years and as Defense Coach, Chris was instrumental in Tennessee’s National Tournament appearances in 2008 and 2009. Chris graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 2008 with a degree in Kinesiology. He started his Junior A hockey career in New Brunswick, CA. as a defenseman with the Woodstock Slammers team in 2003. Chris later played Senior A in New Brunswick for the St. Stephens Seahawks. Chris now resides in Kingsport, TN.

Joe Williams, a 2009 Tennessee graduate, enters his second season with the Ice Vols staff, assuming the role of Associate Head Coach. Arguably the best player to ever play at Tennessee, Joe’s scoring prowess and team leadership brought the Ice vols to three National Championship appearances in his four years at UT, missing only his freshman year when the Vols were denied an automatic bid by two votes. Originally from Buffalo, NY., Joe now resides in Chattanooga, TN.

Donald Williams joined the coaching staff part time last semester and now enters his first full season with the Ice Vols also as an Associate Head Coach. Donald, like brother Joe was an integral part of Tennessee’s three National Championship appearances from 2007 – 2009. Donald graduated from Tennessee in 2010 after leading his team on and off the ice for those four years. Also from Buffalo, NY., Donald has remained in Knoxville, TN. working in the Supply Chain field.

The Ice Vols look forward to getting on the ice in September with this great staff. In the meantime, one of the first order of business for the new coaches is to hire a goaltending coach to replace Sean Durrigan (Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 2008), who moved back to Massachusetts to pursue a teaching career. Sean coached alongside his father for three years and will hopefully parlay his IceVols experience to a coaching job in one of the ultra competitive Massachusetts High School Hockey programs, where he excelled as a goaltender for Bishop Connolly/Apponequet High School. The Tennessee Ice Vols want to extend Sean our sincere thanks for three great years and wish him good luck back in Massachusetts.