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.

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 119 student athletes. 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.

His Email address is rrusso@amarillobulls.com 

 

GEORGE LEWIS - ASSISTANT COACH

George Lewis begins his first season as Assistant Coach. He spent three 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 ECHL 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.

George's email address is glewis@amarillobulls.com 

AUSTIN SUTTER - ASSISTANT COACH

Austin 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.

KYLE HARDEN - EQUIPMENT MANAGER

Kyle is in his first 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.

ASSISTANT COACH - Tyler Gernhofer
STRENGTH COACH - Jimmy Boyd
SCOUTING DIRECTORS - Chris Coury, Randy Walker
REGIONAL SCOUTS - Nick Skerlick, Jon Lounsbury, John Holt
MEDICAL STAFF:

Family Practice Physician - Dr. Mike Flores

Team Dentist - Dr. Dave Duncan

Chiropractor - Dr. Joshua Auzenne

Total Physical Therapy - Tom Weaber

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