ROCKY RUSSO - HEAD COACH-DIRECTOR OF HOCKEY OPERATIONS
Rocky Russo was announced as the fourth head coach in Amarillo Bulls history on Friday, June 16, 2017.
Russo was an Assistant Coach for the Bulls under Head Coach Dennis Williams for three seasons, amassing a record of 153-41-20, winning two South Division regular season titles, three division playoff titles, and earned three consecutive trips to the Robertson Cup Playoffs. The Bulls won back-to-back President’s Cup trophies as the NAHL regular season champions, finishing with a 46-7-7 record in back-to-back seasons and setting the NAHL regular season record with 99 points. The Bulls culminated the three year run by winning the 2013 Robertson Cup.
During his four years away from the Bulls, Russo served as 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 regular season champions three years in a row, and four time EHL South Division Champions. During his time with the program, Russo was twice selected as EHL Coach of the Year.
Prior to joining the Bulls, as an assistant, 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 title and advanced to the Robertson Cup Playoffs.
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 four consecutive Robertson Cup Playoffs, 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 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.
Russo has coached Brandon Saad, former Mahoning Valley Phantom, who went on to be the 43rd overall pick in the 2011 NHL Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks. Saad was a member of the 2013 Stanley Cup Champions, and a finalist for the Calder Cup trophy as NHL Rookie of the Year.
Russo 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.
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GEORGE LEWIS - DIRECTOR OF PLAYER PERSONNEL / ASSISTANT COACH
George Lewis enters his second season as Assistant Coach. He spent two seasons with the Little Flyers program including one as Head Coach where he guided the group to a 45-10-2 and advancing to the EHL Frozen Four Finals in Providence. Under Russo, the two guided the Little Flyers to three straight EHL Regular Season Championships.
Prior to joining the Little Flyers, Lewis spent three years working with Penn State NCAA Division I team, focused on daily practice, assisting the staff with line-up decisions, and video during his time there. While at Penn State, the Nittany Lions picked up their 1st 20-win season and moved multiple players onto the professional ranks.
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KYLE HARDEN - EQUIPMENT MANAGER
Kyle is in his 2nd season with the Amarillo Bulls. He spent last year with the Louisiana Drillers of the NA3HL and prior to that was an Assistant Equipment Manager with the Mississippi Riverkings of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL).
WILL HEIM - ATHLETIC TRAINER
Will earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Athletic Training from Lasell College in May 2013. After completing his bachelor’s degree, Will furthered his skills working as an Intern Athletic Trainer for a variety of teams at the University of Richmond from 2013-2016. He also studied at Oklahoma State University where he was a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer and earned his Masters’-in-Science with an emphasis in Exercise Science this past May.
STRENGTH COACH - Jimmy Boyd
SCOUTING DIRECTORS - Chris Coury, Randy Walker
REGIONAL SCOUTS - John Holt
Family Practice Physician - Dr. Mike Flores
Team Dentist - Dr. Jon Ormson
Chiropractor - Dr. Joshua Auzenne
Total Physical Therapy - Tom Weaber
PARKER SPORTS MEDICINE AND ORTHOPEDICS