HOCKEY STAFF

ROCKY RUSSO – HEAD COACH

Rocky Russo was announced as the fourth Head Coach in Amarillo Bulls history on Friday, June 16.

Russo was an Assistant Coach for the Bulls under Head Coach Dennis Williams for three seasons amassing a record of 153-41-20, Winning 2 South Division Regular season titles, 3 division playoff titles and earned 3 consecutive trips to the Robertson Cup National Tournament. The Bulls also won back to back President’s cup championships as NAHL regular season championships, finishing with a 46-7-7 record in back to back seasons and setting the NAHL regular season record at the time with 99 points.

The Bulls culminated the 3 year run by winning the 2013 Robertson Cup National Championship.

During the past four years, Russo was the Head Coach of the Philly Little Flyers of the Eastern Hockey League where the program was quite successful posting a mark of 159-34-14-3 and advancing to two consecutive league championships. The Little Flyers were back-to-back-to-back Regular Season Champions, and four time EHL South Division Champions. This past season the Little Flyers won a record 30 games in a row and had a 33 game point streak. Russo was selected twice as EHL Coach of the Year.

Prior to joining the Bulls the first time, Russo was the assistant coach/director of scouting for the St. Louis Bandits in the NAHL. During his time in St. Louis, the Bandits won the South Division Playoff championship and advanced to the Robertson Cup National Tournament.

Before heading to St. Louis, Russo was the assistant coach/video coordinator for the Mahoning Valley Phantoms in his hometown of Youngstown, OH. While in Youngstown the Phantoms qualified for 4 consecutive Robertson Cups, including appearances in the National Championship game in 2007 and 2008. He also served as the Head Coach/General Manager of the Youngstown State University Men’s hockey team. During his time with the Penguins the team won the 2006 CHA league championship. In 2007 Russo guided the team to a 18-14-4 record and entered the national rankings for the first time in the program’s history. The Penguins reached as high as #16 in the country that season, still the highest ranking the YSU men’s hockey program has achieved.

In total Rocky has coached and recruited 83 NCAA student athletes, including 63 at the NCAA Division I level. Rocky also Coach Brandon Saad, former Mahoning Valley Phantom, that went on to be the 43rd overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks. Brandon was a member of the 2013 Stanley Cup Champions, and a finalist for the Calder Cup trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year.
Rocky played his college hockey at Kent State University, where he graduated from in 2005 with a degree in Business Management. The Golden Flashes played in 3 National Tournaments during his time with the University.


TONY ATTANUCCI – ASSISTANT COACH

Tony Attanucci Attanucci, a native of Jefferson Hills, PA, is in his first season as Assistant Coach with the Bulls. He was most recently the Head Coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins Elite U16 National Team, where he worked alongside US Olympic and NHL Stanley Cup Champion winning coach Dan Bylsma.

He was also the President of Playmakers Hockey Corp where he also served as Hockey Skills Coach, Development Consultant, Strength and Conditioning Coach and Consultant and oversaw all business operations.

Tony received his Master’s Degree in Exercise Science and Rehabilitation at California University of PA.

Email him at: tattanucci@amarillobulls.com


AUSTIN SUTTER – ASSISTANT COACH

Austin SutterAustin Sutter celebrates his 7th season with the Bulls. He joined the Bulls organization after a successful professional hockey career as a player and a coach of the Amarillo Gorillas of the Central Hockey League. A native of Red Deer, Alberta, Sutter played Division I College Hockey at Minnesota State University where he studied psychology and sports management. In 2009, Sutter was named the Central Hockey League’s Man Of The Year for his noteworthy community presence in the Texas Panhandle. Austin currently serves as the Program Director for the Amarillo Youth Hockey Association. He and his wife Brandi reside in Amarillo with their sons Britton, Brekon and Barron.


CHRIS SCHORNACK – EQUIPMENT MANAGER

IMG_2944Chris enters his first season as Equipment Manager with the Amarillo Bulls.

He spent the past season with Adrian College (Division III) in Adrian Michigan where he served as Head Equipment Manager. Chris, a native of Warren, Michigan, received his degree in Business Administration at Adrian College. He has previously worked with the Detroit Tigers, the former Motor City Mechanics of the United Hockey League and Wayne State University in Detroit.

You can email him at cschornack@amarillobulls.com


JOE HURLEY – ATHLETIC TRAINER

HurleyJoe graduated from Coastal Carolina University with a B.S. in exercise and Sports Science, then continued his education at Seton Hall University where he graduated with a masters degree in Athletic Training. He spent his final year at Seton Hall doing his clinical rotation with the Philadelphia Flyers.  Last year he was hired full time and worked as an Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Philadelphia Flyers.  This past summer he traveled to Sheffield England where he was the Athletic Trainer for USA Ball Hockey U16, U18, and U20 teams competing in the world championship.


JEREMY HOY – STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING CONSULTANT
Hoy is the Strength and Conditioning Consultant with the Amarillo Bulls this season.

He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) with the NSCA, a performance enhancement specialist (PES) with the NASM, a NASE certified instructor in speed and explosion training, and a Flex Band Certified Instructor. Hoy has a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Slippery Rock University, and a master’s degree in performance enhancement and injury prevention from California University of Pennsylvania.

Hoy has worked at the Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, N.Y., and Duquesne University, in addition to a variety of other coaching positions with athletes at many different levels. He is currently the head strength and conditioning coach for the Youngstown (Ohio) Phantoms and works with many hockey teams and players in the Pittsburgh area.


MEDICAL STAFF:
Dr. Mike Flores – Family Practice Physician

Dr. Dave Duncan – Team Dentist

Dr. Joshua Auzeenne – Chiropractor

Tom Weaber, Owner/Physical Therapist – Total Physical Therapy

Curt Thomas – Massage Therapist

PARKER SPORTS MEDICINE AND ORTHOPEDICS