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Sharks Name Ron Wilson As Head Coach

The San Jose Sharks announced today they have hired Ron Wilson as their head coach.

Three days ago the team fired coach Darryl Sutter and his two assistants.

The Sharks moved quickly to fill their vacancy with a veteran coach. Sutter was the winningest coach in franchise history.

Wilson was fired from Washington last May after four mostly unsuccessful seasons. He also coached the U.S. team in the 1998 Olympics and two World Cups.

Wilson also spent four years as coach of division rival Anaheim — where he got his first head coaching job in 1993.

Sutter was fired Sunday along with assistants Rich Preston and Lorne Molleken. The move was a surprising shakeup of a struggling team that aspires to be a Stanley Cup contender.

The Sharks struggled to an 8-12-2-2 start this season that put them in last place in Pacific Division. But they got a three-two overtime victory over Phoenix yesterday with scout Cap Raeder and team executive Doug Wilson coaching.

Wilson will make his debut with the Sharks on Friday night when the team hosts Columbus. He is the team´s sixth permanent head coach.