After a lengthy search Revolution Sports Management (RSM) the parent company of the New Mexico Renegades have hired a new Head Coach.
Wednesday morning May 15th, 2013, Steve Harrison was officially named the New Mexico Renegades new Bench Boss and signed to a two (2) year contract.
The New Mexico Renegades are happy to announce the hiring of Steve Harrison. Steve will bring a lot of experience and has many contacts throughout the game of hockey whether it be Juniors, Colleges or professionally! Steve has a long history in hockey, having played and worked in numerous leagues throughout, the United States. After being drafted by the St. Louis Blues (NHL) in 1978, he spent the next 15 years in the International and Central Hockey Leagues. Since completing his professional playing career in 1993, Steve has worked as a scout for the San Jose Sharks (NHL) and has spent time in coaching for the Toledo (East Coast Hockey League/ECHL), Soo Grayhounds and Erie Otters (Ontario Hockey League/OHL), and the Forth Worth Fire (Central Hockey League / CHL). Steve Also spent time as the Director of Hockey Operations for the Dallas Stars Hockey Schools. Most recently with the Bozeman Ice Dogs as the Head Coach.
Co-Owner Joe "MAC" MacConnell says, “ after reviewing many resumes and interviewing several candidates we felt that Steve and Revolution Sports Management had quite similar philosophies when it comes to the game on and off the ice. This time we were looking to add someone with extensive coaching experience and someone that will have the same dedication to the organization and community as we do. We also felt that one of his biggest concerns was the development of players both on the ice and especially off the ice. He is very easy to talk to and truly understands this game and what it takes to develop players and I believe that the players and staff will enjoy working with Steve. He brings a wealth of experience and ability that will allow him build a team and produce a winning record."
Co-owner Ken Tomaro said of the hire: "We're excited to have someone with Steve's impressive resume taking the reigns of our organization. His experience working with players at a high level will surely be a tremendous asset to anyone who becomes part of the Renegades family."
Steve Harrison commented on his recent hiring, “ I'm very excited and honoured to be part of this organization and plan on getting right to work to bring a team that is hard working, dedicated and will represent the Renegades brand and the Rio Rancho, New Mexico community well. ”
Harrison will be joined behind the bench by Erik Blase. Blase has worked as a Head and Assistant Coach in the EJHL and spent 4 years following his playing career as an Assistant and recruiting coordinator at his alma mater, Lindenwood University where he helped build the teams that finished runner up in 2007-08 before winning the 2008-09 and 2009-2010 ACHA D1 National Championships.
On behalf of The New Mexico Renegades Staff and Volunteers, the Co-Owners Ken Tomaro and Joe "MAC" MacConnell would like welcome Steve and his wife Laurel, as well as Erik, to our organization and to the Rio Rancho community.