Minor League Hockey Franchise in Ohio Hires Rustin High School Coach as Director of Operations

Nick Russo, inset. Image of the Mentor Ice Breakers leaving their home ice after a game via The News-Herald.

Nick Russo, the hockey coach at Rustin High School for the past 14 years, has been hired by the Mentor (Ohio) Ice Breakers of the Federal Hockey League as their Director of Hockey Operations, writes Jeff Schudel for The News-Herald.

Russo will work with General Manager and Head Coach Iain Duncan to help the team function smoothly, like a business. The goal is to continue building a franchise that has so far only played one season in the FHL.

“I’ll be working with Iain, the people in Mentor, at the rink, signing players — I’ll wash the water bottles if they ask me to,” said Russo. “I’ll fill in wherever Iain needs me to fill in.”

Russo is a coaching veteran whose resume includes stints at Villanova and Neumann universities. During his time as coach at Rustin, the Golden Knights won the state championship six times, most recently in 2018. The team also captured a national championship two years ago.

Duncan believes Russo’s background will bring some “great resources to our hockey team, both on and off the ice.”

Read more about Nick Russo in The News-Herald here.

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