April 28, 1950 |
Sault Ste. Marie, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)|
|Played for||Pittsburgh Penguins
James Thomas Wiley (born April 28, 1950 in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario) is a professional ice hockey center who spent parts of four seasons in the National Hockey League between 1972 and 1977. He would later serve as head coach of the San Jose Sharks during the 1995–96 NHL season.
Playing career 
Wiley signed as a free agent with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1972 following a fine collegiate career at Lake Superior State University. He would spend the majority of the next two seasons with the Hershey Bears, Pittsburgh's AHL affiliate, although he did appear in 26 games for the Penguins over that stretch, recording 4 assists.
Wiley was selected by the Vancouver Canucks in the 1974 intra-league draft, but continued to find himself toiling in minor pro. He would earn a 2-game callup in 1975–76, and would have his longest NHL stint in 1976–77, when he recorded 4 goals and 10 points in 34 games for the Canucks. He would retire in 1980 without seeing any further NHL action.
Wiley appeared in 62 NHL games, recording 4 goals and 10 assists for 14 points along with 8 penalty minutes.
Coaching career 
|Team||Year||Regular season||Post season|
|SJ||1995-96||57||17||37||3||(47)||7th in Pacific||Missed Playoffs|
Other leagues 
Following his retirement, Wiley would move into coaching. He was the long-time coach of the Des Moines Buccaneers of the USHL before breaking into the pro ranks in 1993 as head coach of the Kansas City Blades, the top affiliate of the San Jose Sharks.
When the Sharks fired head coach Kevin Constantine after a dismal 3–18–4 start, Wiley was promoted to the head coaching position with the NHL club. While his 17–37–3 record was something of an improvement over their start, it was not enough for Wiley to keep his job. Following the season, he was re-assigned back to the Sharks' top farm team, now the Kentucky Thoroughblades, where he served until 1998.
Team Season W L OT/T Kansas City 1993-94 IHL 40 31 10 Kansas City 1994-95 IHL 35 40 6 Kansas 1995-96 IHL 2 1 0 Kentucky 1996-97 AHL 36 35 9 Kentucky 1997-98 AHL 29 39 12 Lexington 2002-03 CHL 34 31 7 Memphis 2003-04 CHL 17 14 0 Amarillo 2006-07 CHL 32 28 4 Amarillo 2007-08 CHL 22 32 10 NHL Coaching Record - 17 37 3
|Head coach of the San Jose Sharks