Tippett spent six years behind the Stars bench after being hired in May 2002. He led the club to two Pacific Division titles (2002-03 and 2005-06) and five straight playoff appearances, including a trip to the Western Conference Finals last season before losing to eventual Stanley Cup champion Detroit in six games.
Tippett, 47, compiled a 271-162-59 record with the Stars, his first NHL head coaching assignment.
He was an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Kings before he was hired in Dallas.
In an 11-year NHL playing career with Hartford, Washington, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, he scored 262 points (93 goals, 169 assists) in 721 games.