|Less than four months after being fired as coach of the Dallas Stars, Dave Tippett was hired as Wayne Gretzky's replacement as bench boss of the Phoenix Coyotes on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009. Coyotes GM Don Maloney made the announcement after Gretzky announced his resignation earlier in the day. Gretzky had coached the team the previous four seasons. "Looking around the League and looking around to see who was available, there was really only one person that I thought was the ideal fit, and that's Dave Tippett," Maloney said at a press conference at Jobing.com Arena. "I've always liked the way Dave's teams played. They're structured, they're disciplined, they work … I think the measure of a coach is getting the most out of your players and preparing them for a chance to win every night. We need to have success, and we think we're at a situation now to take advantage of Wayne's work and carry that forward." Tippett coached the Stars for the last six seasons, leading the club to five playoff appearances, two division titles and a trip the 2008 Western Conference Finals. His teams averaged 47 wins over his first five seasons, and notched more than 100 points on three occasions. In 492 games, Tippett is 271-156-37 with 28 ties. In 47 playoff games, he is 21-26. Last season, though, the team had to deal with struggles by goalie Marty Turco, controversy surrounding Sean Avery, and major injuries to key players like team captain Brenden Morrow, defenseman Sergei Zubov and center Brad Richards. The Stars finished 12th in the Western Conference, and Tippett was fired June 10, not long after Joe Nieuwendyk was hired as GM. Nieuwendyk hired Marc Crawford as Tippett's replacement. "It's a special day for me," Tippett said. "When Donnie first called me a couple of weeks ago, he kind of explained the situation here and where he thought the team was and where he thought it could get to. Right when he called, I was very intrigued. I know the team very well from playing against them in the division for so many years. The chance to come and build something was very exciting for me. That's why I'm here."