Railers tab Russell as first head coach

Worcester, Mass. – The Worcester Railers announced that Jamie Russell has been named the team’s general manager and head coach.

Russell, 50, spent two seasons (2014-16) with the Elmira Jackals as their head coach and director of hockey operations and compiled a record of 69-66-12.  Prior to his time in Elmira, Russell spent three seasons from 2011-14 at Providence College as an assistant coach and helped guide the Friars to their first NCAA tournament in 13 seasons in 2014.

The native of Kamloops, British Columbia spent eight seasons at Michigan Tech University as a head coach from 2003-11 and was named the 2007 WCHA Coach of the Year. Russell has also served as an assistant coach at Cornell University (1999-2003) and Ferris State University (1994-99).

Prior to his coaching career, Russell played collegiate hockey at Michigan Tech from 1987-89 before turning pro and playing two seasons with the ECHL’s Winston-Salem Thunderbirds from 1989-91.  Russell also played defense for the Binghamton Whalers during the 1989-90 season. Russell has a Master of Business Administration from Lake Superior State University and a Bachelor’s degree from Michigan Technology University.

Russell and his wife, Linda, have three sons (Ben 18, Charlie 13, Graeme 11) and are expected to move to central Massachusetts before the start of the 2017-18 season.