Hockey Operations

AL ROONEY | HEAD COACH / GM

Rooney was named Head Coach/GM of the IceRays on July 22, 2019 after originally joining the team as Assistant Coach/Goaltending Coach in January 2019. The Deer Park, N.Y., native brings a wealth of junior hockey coaching experience to the IceRays, including the past two-plus seasons in the NAHL. Rooney previously served as head coach and general manager for the Chippewa Steel (2018-19), associate head coach and goaltending coach for the Austin Bruins (2017-18), and assistant coach of the 2016-17 Robertson Cup champion Lone Star Brahmas.

Prior to his time in the NAHL, Rooney was a head coach in the NA3HL with the Texas Brahmas for two seasons (2014-15 and 2015-16).

Prior to his coaching career, Rooney was a goaltender for eight seasons of minor-league hockey, primarily in the CHL (Amarillo Rattlers, San Angelo Outlaws, Huntsville Tornado, Nashville Nighthawks) and WPHL (San Angelo Outlaws, Abilene Aviators, Lake Charles Ice Pirates, Fort Worth Brahmas), where he faced the pro-hockey-era Corpus Christi IceRays.

Email: arooney@goicerays.com

 

SHAWN SRAMEK | ASSISTANT COACH

Sramek was named Assistant Coach on August 2, 2019. He spent the five previous seasons on the coaching staff with the Oakland Jr. Grizzlies U18 AAA (T1EHL/HPHL), as well as two years as Head Scout & Recruiter for the NAHL's Lone Star Brahmas.

With the Grizzlies, the Clarkston, Mich., native was responsible for recruiting and developing players, including 25 players reaching the NCAA Division I level. On the ice, Sramek managed skill sessions, defensive core and special teams. Off the ice, he created individual player development plans, coordinated travel and game scheduling, and created individual, team and pre-scout video presentations.

With the Brahmas, Sramek identified player prospects throughout the United States and Canada, scouting various leagues and showcases, as well as assisting the coaching staff with various efforts at main camp.

A Clarkston, Mich., native, Sramek played for the Little Caesars (T1EHL) and Philadelphia Revolution (EJHL) programs and majored in Journalism at Oakland University in Rochester, Mich.

Email: ssramek@goicerays.com

JEFF PALUSEO | STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH

Jeff Paluseo is in his ninth season with the IceRays as Strength & Conditioning Coach. He is the owner of Sports Fitness Solutions, where he trains IceRays players, as well as members of the Corpus Christi Hooks (MiLB) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders (NCAA D-I). Paluseo played two seasons for the pro (WPHL/CHL) IceRays from 2000-02, recording 61 points (29+32). Prior to his time in Corpus Christi, he played college hockey for SUNY Plattsburgh, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications while minoring in Exercise Science. Paluseo later earned a Master's in Exercise Science from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. The Plymouth, Mass., native resides in Corpus Christi with his wife, Jeanie, and son, Jayden.

Email: jpaluseo@goicerays.com

 

RON GAY | DIRECTOR OF SCOUTING

 

Email: rgay@goicerays.com

SCOUTING STAFF

CHARLIE DELFOSSE

Wisconsin/Minnesota

Email: cdelfosse@goicerays.com

IAIN DUNCAN

Midwest

Email: iduncan@goicerays.com

JACK GREIG

NY/New England

Email: jgreig@goicerays.com

TREVOR JEWELL

East Coast

Email: tjewell@goicerays.com

JEFF PAWLUK

Ontario/Detroit

Email: jpawluk@goicerays.com