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HOCKEY STAFF

MATT NICHOLSON – HEAD COACH

Matt Nicholson
Matt Nicholson spent sixth seasons as a member of the Robert Morris men’s hockey coaching staff. He spent four seasons as an Assistant Coach, and two as an Associate Head Coach. Since joining the Colonials, Nicholson has worked with both the RMU defense and forwards while also handling skill development, recruiting and video responsibilities.

Nicholson joined the Robert Morris coaching staff after coaching two years at Division III Adrian College. A start-up program in the 2007-08 season, Adrian went on to win MCHA regular season and playoff championships during the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons, posting a combined record of 53-4-1.While attending Colgate University, the London, Ontario native played 123 games and recorded two career goals and 10 assists. After graduation, he participated in the Phoenix Coyotes’ NHL rookie camp and went on to sign with the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs of the Central Hockey League (CHL) for the 2004-05 season. In 2005-06, Nicholson joined the Youngstown Steelhounds of the CHL for his final professional season before his career was cut short due to injury. While coaching at Adrian, Nicholson started his own charitable endeavor, the Matt Nicholson Foundation. The organization is dedicated to serving programs that promote athletics as a positive outlet for local youth. Nicholson earned his bachelor’s degree in education at Colgate in 2004 and added a master’s degree in instructional leadership and decision making from Robert Morris in 2011. He has a Level 4 USA hockey certification and has spoken at numerous USA Hockey events.


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