Mallards make coaching change, Axtell named interim head coach

MOLINE, Ill. – The Quad City Mallards have relieved Terry Ruskowski of his duties as the team’s head coach and general manager and have named assistant coach Phil Axtell interim head coach.


“We appreciate and thank Terry for the fine work he has done for the Mallards since taking over as head coach and general manager under difficult circumstances four years ago,” said Mallards president Bob McNamara. “Our ownership and our entire organization are committed to bringing another championship to the Quad Cities and we feel this decision, while difficult, was one we needed to make to continue moving in that direction.”


Axtell takes over as interim head coach after serving as a Mallards assistant coach for the last two years. The team will begin its search for a full-time head coach immediately.