AMARILLO, TX – The Amarillo Bulls will have a new man handling the equipment this season.
The Bulls announced today (Thursday) that Chris Schornack has been hired as new Equipment Manager for the 2016-17 season replacing Bernie McDonnell who had been with the team the past six years.
Schornack spent last 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 (located Southwest of Detroit). He has previously worked with the Detroit Tigers, the former Motor City Mechanics of the United Hockey League and Wayne State University in Detroit.
Schornack said he is thrilled to join the Amarillo Bulls organization.
“I’m excited to join the staff that helps to get the Bulls back on track in the NAHL,” he said. “With the great staff and Bernie’s help, it’s been a smooth transition in becoming a Bull. I am thankful for what Adam Krug, President Docking and Adrian College did for me during the past five years there. I’m excited for the next adventure.”
Amarillo Bulls Head Coach Matt Nicholson said when Bernie McDonnell notified the team that he wasn’t coming back, it was a big loss because of the impact he had on the organization.
“Bernie got along real well with our players, and we looked to him as an Assistant coach,” he said. “That was a big hole that we had to fill, and truthfully his role went beyond his Equipment Manager duties. We wish him well, and know he is still in town and probably will be at several of our games.”
Nicholson said he learned about Chris Schornak through his former school Adrian College.
“Hockey is a small world,” he said. “I was notified by Chris through Adam Krug who is the head coach at Adrian. Adam played for Adrian when I was there. He couldn’t have spoken more highly of Chris and those character references added to the thoughts and feelings that Rick and I had.”
Nicholson said he and Vice President General Manager Rick Matchett like Chris’ personality and work ethic.
“Chris is ambitious guy that knows what he wants to do with his future and that is to get to the NHL,” he said. “His passion for the position is infectious. His work ethic and attention to detail is excellent. I think our players will really enjoy is personality, as well as his passion for winning and do anything possible in his area of expertise to help them.”
The Amarillo Bulls continue preparations for the 7th season in the North American Hockey League Opening night is set for Saturday, Sept. 10 at 7 pm versus the Odessa Jackalopes at the Budweiser Bull Pen in the Amarillo Civic Center. Full and Half Season Tickets as well as 10 Game Flex Packs are the best way to see the Bulls in their quest to move to the top of the South Division. For further information on Tickets, or Corporate Marketing Partnerships, please call the Bulls Office at 806-242-1122 or visit 301 South Polk in the Amarillo Building.