Russell, 50, spent two seasons (2014-16) with the Elmira Jackals (ECHL) 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 (Hockey East) as an assistant coach and helped guide the Friars to their first NCAA tournament in 13 seasons in 2014.
The native of Kamloops, BC spent eight seasons at Michigan Tech (WCHA) 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, Jamie played collegiate hockey at Michigan Tech from 1987-89 before turning pro and playing two seasons in Winston Salem (ECHL) in 1989-91. Russell also played defense for the Binghamton Whalers during the 1989-90 season. Jamie 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.