The Toledo Blade’s Mark Monroe reports that Toledo Walleye coach Dan Watson is exploring possible coaching opportunities at the AHL level:
After two successful ECHL seasons as head coach of the Toledo Walleye, Dan Watson has thrown his hat into the ring for several coaching positions at the higher level American Hockey League.
Watson confirmed he has been in talks with several AHL teams regarding vacant coaching positions, including an open spot with Toledo’s fellow Detroit Red Wings affiliate in Grand Rapids.
“Everyone has personal goals they want to achieve,” Watson said. “My personal goal is to be a head coach or assistant coach in the NHL. My goal is to coach at the highest level possible.”
Watson has been with the Walleye organization since its inception in 2009, first as an assistant before becoming head coach in 2016.
The former Toledo Storm defenseman led the Walleye to regular-season conference and division championships the past two seasons. Watson has led Toledo to the Kelly Cup playoffs in both of his seasons, taking the team to the Western Conference final series his first year and the second round in 2017-18.
Watson said he has the full support of team officials.
“It’s exciting that Toledo [officials] allow us to venture out and explore opportunities. We’re very fortunate to have that support,” Watson said. “As of today, I’m still the head coach of the Toledo Walleye.”