|BRAD FLYNN | HEAD COACH|
Brad Flynn becomes the 4th head coach in junior franchise history in his second non-consecutive season with the IceRays. Flynn spent the 2015-16 season with Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).
Flynn, 31, returns to Corpus Christi after spending the 2015-16 season as an assistant coach for Acadie-Bathurst Titan of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL). He worked under General Manager Sylvian Couturier, former National Hockey League (NHL) player and father of current NHL player, Sean Couturier, as well as Head Coach Mario Pouliot, who has led two different QMJHL teams. Flynn helped Acadie-Bathurst to a 27-35-3-3 record with an appearance in the QMJHL Playoffs.
During the 2014-15 season, Flynn was an assistant coach with the IceRays, helping lead the team to a 31-24-5 record, the junior franchise’s best regular season record, as well as an appearance in the Robertson Cup Playoffs. Under his guidance, the IceRays power play unit finished eighth in the NAHL and led the league for the first time in five years midway through the season. Flynn also stepped in as head coach during a game on March 11, 2015, taking over for former head coach John Becanic after his ejection and leading the team to a come-from-behind 4-3 overtime win over the Lone Star Brahmas.
Prior to his time in Corpus Christi, Flynn served as an assistant coach then the Associate Coach/Assistant General Manager for the Swan Valley Stampeders of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL), aiding the team to back-to-back playoff third place finishes in the Sher-Wood Division and two-straight playoff appearances with a 60-53-7 record in those two seasons.
Brad Flynn is the son of former National Hockey League (NHL) Assistant Coach and current Head Coach of the Saint John Ice Dogs (QMJHL), Danny Flynn. He is originally from New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.
|KYLE CHRISTENSEN | ASSISTANT COACH|
Kyle Christensen enters his 1st season with the IceRays as the team's Assistant Coach as well as his first as a coach at the Tier II Junior A level.
Christensen, 31, joins the IceRays following five seasons as a coach in multiple midget hockey programs, most recently as the Head Coach and Director of Youth Hockey Programs for the Flint Jr. Firebirds of the Little Caesars Amateur Hockey League (LCAHL) and National Junior Prospects Hockey League (NJPHL) during the 2015-16 season, placing fifth in NJPHL play and appearing the NJPHL Playoffs. He also served as the Co-Head Coach of the Michigan Warriors AAA program in 2014-15, helping lead both the Midget Minor and Midget Major programs to their respective NJPHL Finals and claiming the championship with the Midget Major team, as well as assisted with the Lansing Capitals AAA program formerly of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) in the 2012-13 campaign and helped lead the program a Dixon Cup Finals appearances before joining the Lansing Spartans AAA program the following year as an assistant coach.
Christensen began his coaching career in the 2011-12 season with the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies formerly of the Midwest Elite Hockey League (MWEHL), serving as an assistant coach under his father and renowned USA Hockey coach, Terry Christensen, who now works with the Flint Firebirds of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) as their Vice President after one season as General Manager. Like Flynn, Kyle comes from a rich hockey coaching family and has learned directly from the former NHL player and coach with the United States National Team Development Program (USNTDP), Czech Republic National Team, Michigan State University, multiple ECHL franchises, and the Detroit Freeze of the NAHL in 1993-94.
He is originally from Lansing, Mich. and will move to Corpus Christi in August.
|MIKE MONDOUX | DIRECTOR OF SCOUTING & PLAYER DEVELOPMENT|
Mike Mondoux enters his third season with the IceRays organization and first as the Director of Scouting & Player Development. Mondoux spent the last two seasons as one of the team's scouts.
The Grand Island, N.Y. native produced numerous products currently in the IceRays organization from the Buffalo area including defenseman and NCAA Division I commit Michael Bevilacqua and forward Brendan Miller from the 2015-16 roster. Over 100 players over his coaching career have gone on to higher levels of hockey including 37 to NCAA Division I programs, two of whom have moved on to play in the National Hockey League (NHL) or be drafted by NHL teams: Dyaln Blujus (Tampa Bay) and former NAHL player Cole Schneider (Ottawa and Buffalo).
Mondoux spent eight seasons with the Buffalo Regals/Jr. Sabres program, serving as head coach of the 18u squad for eight seasons from 2006 to 2014, leading the team to seven Sectional Titles, seven New York State Championships, and two Eastern Division Titles in the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League (T1EHL). In addition, he also served as the head coach for Kenmore West High School for five seasons from 2007 to 2012, becoming Lake Placid Tournament Champions in the process. He assisted two different Bowman Cup Tournament Champions in 2012 and 2013, Kenmore West High School in the 2006-07 season, Kenmore East High School for two seasons, and the Buffalo Saints 18U team for two seasons from 2004 to 2006 while assisting the team to two Sectional Titles and two New York State Championships.
As a player, he played two seasons for SUNY Brockport and earned State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Rookie of the Week during his first season. Mondoux also earned All-GOHL honors for Wheatfield Jr. B in the Greater Ontario Hockey League (GOHL) in 1996-97 and was a two-year captain for Grand Island High School. Following his playing career, he earned his Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from SUNY Brockport and his Masters in Adult Education from SUNY Buffalo State. Since 2003, he has worked as a physical education teacher at a local elementary school.
He currently resides in Grand Island, N.Y. with his family.
|JEFF PALUSEO | STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH|
Jeff Paluseo enters his seventh season with the IceRays as their Strength & Conditioning Coach. He is the owner of Sports Fitness, LLC, where he trains current players.
He played with the Corpus Christi IceRays of the Central Hockey League (CHL) for two seasons from 2000-2002, recording 29 goals and 32 assists for 61 points with 39 penalty minutes and a -24 rating during 116 games. Additional hockey experience includes four seasons with SUNY Plattsburgh from 1996-2000, recording 66 goals and 95 assists for 161 points through 131 games.
In addition to his role with the IceRays, Paluseo also served as the Head Strenth & Conditioning Coach for the Corpus Christi Hooks Double-A baseball team and the Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi athletics program.
Paluseo earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a Minor in Exercise Science from SUNY Plattsburgh and his Master's of Science in Exercise Science from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He is a native of Plymouth, Mass., and currently resides in Corpus Christi with his wife (Jeanie) and son (Jayden).
|GEORGE ESCAMILLA | EQUIPMENT MANAGER|
George Escamilla has become a staple in Corpus Christi IceRays hockey history as he enters his 13th season with the franchise, surpassing the 1000-game mark in his professional career.
Escamilla began his career with his hometown Amarillo Rattlers of the Western Professional Hockey League (WPHL) before working for the Abilene Avaitors and the Fort Worth Brahmas of the Central Hockey League (CHL). He then joined the IceRays Hockey Operations Staff as a CHL franchise.
In addition to his duties in hockey, he also served as the Clubhouse Manager with the Corpus Christi Hooks baseball team for their first three seasons, helping raise the profile of the team in the Texas League with the best clubhouse as voted by the league and working during two championship seasons.
Escamilla earned a Bachelor of Science in Sports Management from Phillips University in Oklahoma. He is originally from Amarillo, Texas and resides in Corpus Christi.