Hockey Staff

Jamie Russell

General Manager / Head Coach

Russell, 51, coached the Worcester Railers HC to a 37-27-8 regular season record in the team’s inaugural season. The Worcester Railers were 16 points behind the Wheeling Nailers on January 25 and were in 6th place in the North Division, the Railers then posted a 21-7-1-2 record, which included a 15-2-1-0 record at the DCU Center. Russell led Worcester to a 22-8-3 mark over the final 33 games and into the Kelly Cup Playoffs with the 4th spot in the North division. The Railers went 2-4 in the first round vs. Adirondack.

Prior to joining Worcester, Russell 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).

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, Charlie, and Graeme.

Derek Army

Assistant Coach

Army, 27, joins the Railers HC as an assistant coach after spending the last four seasons (2014-18) playing in the ECHL and AHL. A former forward, Army played 159 games with the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL, was named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team in 2014-15 and served as captain his last two seasons in 2016-17 and 2017-18. Derek has spent considerable time in the AHL as well, including stops in Portland, Ontario, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, Texas, Milwaukee, and Tucson for a total of 97 games. He spent three years playing under Russell while at Providence College (2011-14), and was named assistant captain his senior year in 2013-14, during Russell’s tenure as assistant coach for the Friars.

The North Kingston, Rhode Island native continues a family coaching legacy as his father, Tim Army, who currently serves as head coach for the Iowa Wild (AHL), has a storied coaching career that includes successful campaigns with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Washington Capitals, Colorado Avalanche, and Portland Pirates (AHL). Tim also served as assistant coach for Team USA at the 1994 and 1996 Men’s World Ice Hockey Championships, and the 2004 and 2012 World Cup of Hockey. His coaching tenure also includes five years (1988-93) as assistant coach and six as head coach (2005-11) at Providence College.

Rob Tagle

Head Athletic Trainer

Rob joins the Worcester Railers HC as Head Athletic Trainer after spending the last year as the athletic trainer for the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League.

The native of West Freehold, N.J. previously worked as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins. He has also held positions with the Philadelphia Soul (AFL), Saint Joseph’s University, and Cabrini College as an athletic training intern and at the TopSpeed Performance School as a strength coach.

Prior to receiving his Masters of Science degree in Athletic Training at East Stroudsburg University, Tagle originally attended school at UMass-Boston and graduated from Neumann University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training/Strength and Conditioning in 2015, where he was also a three-year defenseman with Knights lacrosse and a three-time honoree on the Colonial States Athletic Conference All-Academic Team.

Jeremy Holloway

Head Equipment Manager

Jeremy joins the Worcester Railers HC as the Head Equipment Manager after spending the last five seasons as the Head Equipment Manager for the now defunct Elmira Jackals (ECHL), which included two seasons under head coach Jamie Russell.

The Monroe Center, Illinois native brings over 10 years of experience of working as a hockey equipment manager, which includes positions with the Rockford Icehogs (AHL), Bloomington Prarie Thunder (IHL), and the Elmira Jackals (ECHL).

Holloway also served as the clubhouse manager for the Texas Airhogs (American Association) in 2016, and spent three seasons (2013-15) as the clubhouse manager for the Rockford Aviators (Frontier League).

David Salter

Chief Scout of Canada’s Atlantic provinces

David Salter serves as the Railers Chief Scout of Canada’s Atlantic provinces. Prior to joining the Railers, Salter served as the Director of Communications for the St. John’s IceCaps of the American Hockey League for five years. His resume also includes working as a sports reports for various newspapers, television stations, and publications.