KENNEWICK, Wash — The Tri-City Americans replaced one of the most successful coaches in franchise history with one of the winningest coaches in the WHL in a move announced Tuesday.

The Ams have hired Mike Williamson as their 14th head coach, bringing his 427 WHL wins (11th all-time) to the Toyota Center. He replaces Jim Hiller, whose contract was not renewed.

Williamson has coached for 13 seasons in the WHL, spending the last five with the Calgary Hitmen where he coached them to a WHL title over Tri-City in 2009.

Williamson began his WHL career as a player for Portland, the only other team has coached.

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