Renney joined the Oilers as an associate coach prior to the 2009-10 season. After just one season in the position, he took over the reigns as the 10th head coach in franchise history on June 22, 2010. In his first campaign as Edmonton’s bench boss, the Cranbrook, British Columbia, native led the rebuilding Oilers to a 25-45-12 record. Renney guided the team to a 12-point improvement in 2011-12, finishing 32-40-10 on the season. In total, he compiled a 57-85-22 record over his two campaigns as the head coach of the young Edmonton squad.
Prior to his time in Edmonton, Renney spent nine seasons in various roles with the New York Rangers. During his first two seasons in Manhattan, he served as director of player personnel where he oversaw the team’s amateur scouts and provided assistance to New York’s professional scouting department. Renney was promoted to vice president, player development in 2002 and joined the Rangers’ coaching staff as an assistant coach in 2003. After a brief stint as interim head coach at the end of the 2003-04 season, Renney was officially named the 33rd head coach in Rangers history on July 6, 2004. He led the Blueshirts to three consecutive 40-win seasons and guided the team to a 164-121-42 record over 327 games from 2005-08.
Renney, 57, first broke into the NHL as the head coach of the Vancouver Canucks in 1996-97. He spent parts of two seasons with the Canucks, compiling a 39-53-9 record over 101 games. Renney made the move to Vancouver following a two-year head coaching stint with Hockey Canada, serving behind the bench of the Canadian National Team that captured a silver medal at the 1994 Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway. In total, Renney has coached in 10 world championship competitions for Canada, capturing three gold medals, three silver medals and two bronze medals. He also served as vice president, hockey operations for Hockey Canada in 1998 and ’99.
Renney began his coaching career behind the bench of the Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League in 1990. In two seasons with Kamloops, he led the Blazers to a sparkling 101-37-6 record. His .714 winning percentage ranks as the all-time best in CHL history. Under his guidance, the Blazers marched to back-to-back WHL titles in 1991 and ’92 and captured the 1992 Memorial Cup championship.
Tom and his wife, Glenda, have two daughters, Jessica and Jamie.