Named the first Head Coach in Florida Panthers history on June 2, 1993, Neilson led the Panthers to a 33-34-17 record in their inaugural season, setting an NHL record at the time for most wins, points (83) and winning percentage (.493) by a first-year expansion team.
The Hockey Hall of Fame coach brought with him a highly defensive system of play for the Panthers and throughout his career was nicknamed "Captain Video" for his innovative use of breaking down video of his team.
Doug MacLean (1995-1997)
Overall Record: 83-71-33
On July 24, 1995, the Panthers named the team's player development director, MacLean the franchise's second Head Coach. In his first season behind the bench, he led the underdog Panthers to the 1996 Stanley Cup Final in only their third season in the NHL.
In MacLean's tenure as Head Coach, he led the Panthers to two consecutive Stanley Cup Final appearances. He is the only Panthers coach to have multiple postseason runs with the team and to be selected to the NHL All-Star Game twice.
Bryan Murray (1997-1998)
Overall Record: 17-31-11
Florida's GM was named interim head coach on Nov. 24, 1997 after Doug MacLean is relieved of his duties.
Terry Murray (1998-2000)
Overall Record: 79-79-31-11
Murray took over head coaching duties for the Panthers on June 21, 1998, relieving his older brother the interim Head Coach and General Manager Bryan Murray. Florida sees a 15-point improvement in the standings despite missing the postseason.
As the Panthers bench boss, Murray took the Cats to the 1999-00 playoffs after setting then-franchise records for wins (43) and points (98). Pavel Bure's 58 goals that season earned him his first Maurice Richard Trophy, becoming the first Panther to earn the honor.
Duane Sutter (2000-2001)
Overall Record: 22-35-8-7
Part of the storied Sutter family, "Dog", as he was known, served as an Assistant Coach for Florida before taking over head coaching duties for the Panthers on December 28, 2000.
Though only Florida's Head Coach for 72 games, Sutter coached young franchise staples Roberto Luongo and Olli Jokinen during their first season in South Florida, while the "Russian Rocket" Pavel Bure earned his second consecutive Maurice Richard Trophy with 59 goals, breaking his own franchise record for single-season goals.
Mike Keenan (2001-2003)
Overall Record: 45-73-23-12
On December 3, 2001, Mike Keenan was named Head Coach of the Panthers. Known for his no-nonsense style, "Iron Mike" brought a 1994 Stanley Cup Championship and years of NHL coaching experience with him to South Florida.
During Keenan's time behind Florida's bench, the youth of the Cats began to blossom as Olli Jokinen, Kristian Huselius and goaltender Roberto Luongo proved to be difference makers for the team.
Rick Dudley (2003-2004)
Overall Record: 13-15-9-3
GM Dudley assumed the role of interim head coach replacing Mike Keenan on Nov. 9, 2003.
John Torchetti (2004)
Overall Record: 10-12-4-1
Assistant Coach Torchetti is promoted to Interim Head Coach on Feb. 9, 2004 as Rick Dudley continues his role as GM.
Jacques Martin (2005-2008)
Overall Record: 110-100-36
Following the 2004-05 NHL Lockout, Martin took the reins over from Interim Head Coaches GM Rick Dudley and Assistant Coach John Torchetti on May 26, 2004. In his first season as Head Coach of the Panthers, Martin led the team to a 37-34-11 record.
Throughout his time as Head Coach, Olli Jokinen became the franchise's leading goal and point scorer, while goaltender Roberto Luongo surpassed John Vanbiesbrouck's goaltending wins record.
As the Panthers head coach he earned his 450th NHL coaching win and coached in his 1,000th NHL game. His 110 coaching victories are a franchise record.
Peter DeBoer (2008-2011)
Overall Record: 103-107-36
A two-time OHL coach of the Year, DeBoer was named the Panthers Head Coach on June 13, 2008. In his first season, the Panthers narrowly miss the playoffs via a tiebreaker with the Montreal Canadiens, despite posting 93 points.
Goaltender Tomas Vokoun was named an NHL All-Star and Bryan McCabe was named Captain of the Panthers during DeBoer's tenure, while homegrown talent Stephen Weiss, Nathan Horton and David Booth became one of the franchise's most exciting lines to watch, the "Sawgrass Express".
Kevin Dineen (2011-2013)
Overall Record: 56-62-28
Longtime NHLer and Head Coach of the AHL's Portland Pirates, Dineen was named the Panthers new Head Coach on May 31, 2011. Dineen's team was largely comprised of new players including Brian Campbell, Kris Versteeg, Tomas Fleischmann and Jose Theodore.
Projected as a team who would finish in the bottom of the standings in his first year behind the bench, Dineen's Panthers shocked the hockey world by winning the franchise's first Division title, ending a 12-year playoff drought in South Florida. Campbell was named an All-Star and was awarded the Lady Byng Trophy, Stephen Weiss, Tomas Fleischmann and Kris Versteeg were among the hottest forward lines in the NHL and Jason Garrison set the franchise record for single-season goals by a defenseman with 16 tallies.
Peter Horachek (2013-2014)
Overall Record: 26-36-4
San Antonio Rampage Head Coach Horachek was promoted to Interim Head Coach of the Panthers following Dineen's dismissal on Nov. 8, 2013.
Gerard Gallant (2014-2016)
Overall Record: 96-64-25
Gallant, a former NHL All-Star, QMJHL Coach of the Year and Memorial Cup Champion was named the Panthers Head Coach on June 21, 2014. In his first season, the Panthers under Gallant saw a 25-point improvement in the standings, making them the League's most improved team.
In Gallant's second season as Head Coach, the Panthers set franchise records for wins (47) and points (103), won their first Atlantic Division title and made the playoffs for the first time since 2012. He was named to coach in the All-Star Game and was a finalist for the Jack Adams Award.
Tom Rowe (2016-2017)
Overall Record: 24-27-10
Following the dismissal of Gallant, GM Rowe took over as interim coach on Nov. 28, 2016.
Bob Boughner (2017-2019)
Overall Record: 80-62-22
Bob Boughner was hired on June 12, 2017. Serving under former Panthers Head Coach DeBoer in San Jose, Boughner brought with him an impressive resume from time as an NHL player, an NHL assistant coach with the Sharks and Columbus Blue Jackets as well as two Memorial Cups and CHL Coach of the Year honors with the Windsor Spitfires.
In Boughner's first season in South Florida, the Panthers set franchise records for home wins (27) and consecutive games won on home ice (8). Numerous players reached career-best numbers as the Cats were arguably the hottest team in the NHL following the 2018 NHL All-Star break, as the club finished the season with a 25-8-2 record.
Bob Boughner was relieved of head coaching duties on April 7, 2019.
Joel Quenneville (2019-Present)
Joel Quenneville was named head coach of the Florida Panthers on April 8, 2019.
Quenneville, 60, has more than 20 years of NHL head coaching experience with the St. Louis Blues (1996-2004), Colorado Avalanche (2005-2008) and Chicago Blackhawks (2008-2018) organizations. A native of Windsor, Ontario, Quenneville owns an 890-532-77-137 record as a head coach in the NHL. His 890 regular season wins as an NHL head coach are the second most in NHL history. Quenneville is a four-time Stanley Cup champion, with three championships won as a head coach.