AMARILLO -– After an extensive coaching search that lasted over three weeks, the Amarillo Bulls of the North American Hockey League have found their man.
Jon Rogger was introduced as the second Bulls Head Coach in franchise history in The Corral at the Amarillo Civic Center.
A native of St. Louis Missouri, Rogger spent the past two seasons as Head Coach with the United States Hockey League’s Des Moines Buccaneers. He replaces Dennis Williams who took over as the new Head Coach with the expansion Bloomington Thunder of the United States Hockey League.
“We had specific criteria that we were looking for in the next head coach,” said CSH International Inc and Amarillo Bulls President Gary Gelinas. “The first was to have NCAA experience, they also needed to have coaching experience and they had to be a great person.”
“Jon met all those criteria. With the coaches he has mentored under, he brings valuable knowledge on how to move players on and how to build winning programs.”
New Head Coach Jon Rogger is excited for the opportunity with the Amarillo Bulls and working in the North American Hockey League.
“Amarillo is a great organization and I'm looking forward to carrying on the winning tradition that Coach Williams has brought here over the last four years,” Rogger said. “My team will play hard and physical for 60 minutes game in and game out.”
“We will be a team that our fans will want to support and will appreciate our work ethic and understand that we will leave everything out on the ice. Winning hockey games and moving players on to the next level is our main goals. I can't wait to get started.”
“He is a winner and has the connections from his many years of coaching to move kids on to college hockey, which is the foundation of the Amarillo Bulls, that we have led the NAHL the past four years and we need that to continue,” Gelinas said. “Jon is the right person to help continue to achieve those results. He will put out an excellent product that will work hard and compete every night on the ice. His teams will be hard to play against. We are very proud and excited to have someone with Jon's experience as the Bulls Head Coach.”
The Amarillo Bulls are celebrating their 5th anniversary this fall in the North American Hockey League.
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