There have been five head coaches for the Avalanche team. The team's first head coach was Marc Crawford, who has coached for three seasons. Bob Hartley is the team's all-time leader for the most regular-season games coached (359), the most regular-season game wins (193), the most regular-season points (444), the most playoff games coached (80), and the most playoff-game wins (49). Crawford and Hartley are the only head coaches to have won the Stanley Cup with the Avalanche, in the 1996 Stanley Cup Finals and the 2001 Stanley Cup Finals respectively. None of the Avalanche head coaches have been elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame as a builder.Tony Granato, who coached two terms with the Avalanche, has spent his entire NHL head coaching career with the Avalanche. Granato was fired after the 2008–09 season.
On June 4, 2009, the Avalanche hired Joe Sacco, the coach of their AHL affiliate The Lake Erie Monsters, as the new head coach to succeed Granato.  Following the 2012–13 season, his fourth year at the helm, finishing last in the Western Conference and out of the playoffs for a third consecutive year, Sacco was relieved of his duties on April 28, 2013.
A month later, former Avalanche goalie Patrick Roy was introduced as the team's latest head coach on May 28, 2013.