PHOENIX – The Phoenix RoadRunners announced that head coach and assistant general manager Ron Filion has resigned effective immediately and that assistant coach Brad Church (pictured) has been named head coach.
Named the first head coach of the RoadRunners on Feb. 28, 2005, Filion was 45-81-10 with Phoenix.
The 30-year-old Church was named assistant coach of the RoadRunners on Jul. 24, 2006 after completing a 10-year professional playing career in 2005-06. He played six seasons in the ECHL and had 213 points (97g-116a) in 230 games and 23 points (10g-13a) in 45 Kelly Cup Playoff games with Hampton Roads (1998-2000), New Orleans (1998-99), Richmond (2001-03), Reading (2003-04) and Florida (2004-05), who he helped reach the Kelly Cup Finals in 2005 scoring 12 points (5g-7a) in 19 games.
Selected in the first round (17th overall) by Washington in the 1995 National Hockey League Entry Draft, Church made his NHL debut with Washington on Dec. 16, 1997 against the New York Islanders and appeared in two games with the Capitals.
Church also played six seasons in the American Hockey League with Portland (1998-2002), Hamilton (1998-99), Lowell (2001-02), Cleveland (2002-03) and Manchester (2003-04). In 2005-06 he spent time with Missouri and Kalamazoo of the United Hockey League and led the Wings with 27 points (9g-18a) in 33 playoff games on their way to winning the championship.