Yawney joined the Ducks’ 2011-12 AHL affiliate in Syracuse as Associate Head Coach on Jan. 10, 2012 and helped guide the team to a 2012 Calder Cup Playoff appearance. It marked his second AHL coaching assignment after originally guiding Norfolk to the Calder Cup Playoffs in each of the team’s first five AHL seasons (2000-05) under the Chicago Blackhawks. Yawney led Norfolk to a 189-144-42-25 record in those first five seasons and back-to-back South Division titles in 2001-02 and 2002-03. He was named “Minor Pro Coach of the Year” by The Hockey News following the 2003-04 campaign.
A native of Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan, Yawney previously served two stints with the Ducks as a professional scout in 2007-08 and 2011-12. He also spent three seasons as an assistant coach with the San Jose Sharks from 2008-11. During his tenure in San Jose, the Sharks captured the Presidents’ Trophy in 2009 and made two Western Conference Final appearances in 2010 and 2011. Prior to his first stint with the Ducks, Yawney spent 14 seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks organization, most recently as the club’s 35th head coach in franchise history from 2005-06.
Yawney played in 593 career NHL games over 12 seasons with Chicago, Calgary and St. Louis. The defenseman collected 27-102=129 points with 783 PIM and also appeared in 60 postseason contests, helping the Blackhawks to the Western Conference Final in both 1989 and 1990. Yawney also served as captain for Team Canada at the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary. He was originally drafted by the Blackhawks in the third round (45th overall) of the 1984 NHL Entry Draft.
Trent and his wife, Char, have two children: daughter, Ashley (21) and son, Conor (17).