Kotyk joined the Rays' hockey operations staff in November of 2020, beginning his coaching career. On March 7th, 2022, Brenden was named the Interim Head Coach before removing the interim title on April 27th. Kotyk led the Stingrays to a 10-8 record, including a season-high five-game win streak while serving in the interim.
Prior to coaching, the 31-year-old completed a three-year professional career, most recently spending the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons on the back end for the Toledo Walleye, appearing in 50 games during each campaign.
A native of Regina, Saskatchewan, Kotyk began his pro career in 2017-18 with the AHL’s Harford Wolfpack and also spent time in the ECHL with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits.
Kotyk played collegiately at the University of Minnesota-Duluth from 2014-17 as well as The College of St. Scholastica during 2013-14. He helped UMD to NCAA Tournament appearances in all three of his seasons with the Bulldogs, including an appearance in the Frozen Four and National Championship game in 2017.
While with Toledo, Kotyk suited up for 24 postseason games in 2019 as part of a run to the Kelly Cup Finals which included a Western Conference Championship.
A native of Trail, British Columbia, Scott Davidson is entering his first season behind the Stingrays bench as the team's Assistant Coach. He rejoins the Stingrays after playing 33 games as a defenseman for the club during the 2019-20 season.
Davidson started his coaching career at the Maine Nordiques Academy in 2021 before coaching at the Elite Hockey Academy in Guilford, Connecticut, this past year. Davidson has helped develop players at the 18U and 16U levels.
Davidson played four seasons of Division I hockey at Quinnipiac University, where he was an assistant captain in his junior and senior years. As a freshman, Davidson helped the Bobcats capture their first ECAC championship. That same season, Quinnipiac reached the national championship game vs North Dakota. Following the conclusion of his collegiate career, Davidson joined the Charlotte Checkers and was a member of their 2019 Calder Cup championship team.
Bradey Williston is entering his first season with the Stingrays as the team's Head Equipment Manager.
A native of Saint John, New Brunswick, Williston joins the Stingrays after spending the past four seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. He was an Assistant Equipment Manager for his hometown Saint John Sea Dogs for three seasons before serving as the Head Equipment Manager for the Acadie-Bathurst Titan in 2022-23. Williston won a Memorial Cup Championship with the Sea Dogs in 2022.
Williston graduated from the University Of New Brunswick with a Business Degree in 2021.
Jacqui joined the South Carolina Stingrays at the beginning of the 2022-23 season and is the first female athletic trainer in the franchise’s 30-year history. Jacqui was assigned to the Stingrays by MUSC Health, the team’s official healthcare provider.
Gutierrez comes to South Carolina following a three-year stint in the USHL with the Sioux City Musketeers where she served as the team’s Director of Athletic Trainer and Recovery. She became the first female to win the USHL’s Clark Cup as a part of the Musketeers' 2022 Clark Cup Championship.
Prior to joining Sioux City, Gutierrez graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha with a Master of Science in Athletic Training. While at UNO, she served as an intern with the Mavericks hockey team a Creighton University’s basketball and baseball teams. Gutierrez earned her undergraduate Bachelor’s degree in biology from Pacific Lutheran University.
Player Development Coach
A native of Fairbanks, AK, Bishop played collegiate hockey at Ohio State University before signing an entry-level NHL contract with the Montreal Canadiens in 2010. The former pro played for the Stingrays during the 2012-13 NHL lockout season, eventually calling Charleston his home after retiring in 2019. During his 10-year professional career, Bishop played with stints in the AHL, ECHL, and Europe.
In addition to working with the Stingrays, Bishop owns Hunter Bishop Hockey and runs player development that ranges from youth programs to training current pros including NHL players David Krejci and Torey Krug.