John Ferguson General Manager
John Ferguson was named Assistant General Manager of the Arizona Coyotes and General Manager of the Tucson Roadrunners on September 15, 2021.
Ferguson joins the Coyotes from the Boston Bruins, where for the past seven years, he served as the organization’s Executive Director of Player Personnel and General Manager of the Providence Bruins (AHL). Ferguson joined the Bruins’ hockey operations staff on June 27, 2014 and was named as General Manager for Providence on Sept. 15, 2016. While with the Bruins, Ferguson scouted at the professional and amateur levels with an eye to adding both prospects and roster players to the team. He also served as an advisor in evaluating potential trades, signings, and other transactions.
The Montreal native brings a wealth of experience to the Coyotes’ front office, having run every facet of a hockey operations department during his career. Ferguson previously served for six seasons as the Director of Pro Scouting for the San Jose Sharks (2008-14), four-plus seasons as Vice President and General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs (2003-08), and six seasons as Assistant General Manager and Director of Hockey Operations with the St. Louis Blues (1997-2003). He has also been both an amateur and professional scout for the Ottawa Senators.
In 2007, Ferguson served as a member of Team Canada’s management group at the 2007 IIHF World Championship in Russia. He collaborated with Steve Yzerman in selecting Canada’s unbeaten gold medal roster which was the youngest team to ever win a World Championship.
Ferguson played college hockey at Providence College where he served as an assistant captain and was an Academic All-American. He was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens as a 12thround selection in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft and played four seasons at the AHL level with Sherbrooke, Peoria, Fredericton, and New Haven. In 1995, he earned his law degree from Suffolk University Law School and was a player agent for one season in 1996-97.
Steve Potvin Head Coach
Potvin, 47, enters his sixth season with the Roadrunners where he was named assistant coach prior to the 2017-2018 season. 2022-2023 will mark his seventh season with the Coyotes organization and his second season as Tucson’s head coach after leading the Roadrunners during the 2020-2021 season. He was named associate head coach for the 2021-2022 season as Jay Varady returned as Roadrunners head coach following one season with the Coyotes as an assistant coach. Potvin joined the Coyotes as skills coach in 2016-2017; focusing on player assessment and individual skill improvement with players at both the NHL and AHL levels. As Roadrunners assistant coach, the team captured Pacific Division Championships during the 2017-2018 and 2019-2020 seasons with Potvin behind the bench. In addition, 20 Roadrunners have made their NHL debuts with the Coyotes since he joined the Tucson staff; including eight in 2021-2022 and four during the 2020-2021 season. During the 2021-2022 season, Tucson’s power-play, under the direction of Potvin, set a team record by converting on 21.5-percent of their chances and finishing seventh in the 31-team American Hockey League in that department. The 2019-2020 Roadrunners finished fourth in the league in goals-per-game at 3.41 and featured three of the league’s top 15 scorers under Potvin’s direction of the forwards. The Montreal, QC native joined the Coyotes staff after a 16-year professional career that included 478 professional AHL and top European league games before retiring in 2009-2010 after a season with the Central Hockey League’s Arizona Sundogs in Prescott Valley. The former forward registered 31-44-75 in 158 career AHL contests. Potvin also collected 133 goals and 184 assists in 350 games over 10 seasons in Europe. Steve and his wife Nada have called Arizona home for over 13 years with their three children Max, Nash and Eliana.
In the Roadrunners first four seasons with Potvin on the coaching staff, Tucson won two Pacific Division Championships (2017-2018, 2019-2020) and had a record of 125-85-14-6. The 2019-2020 Roadrunners finished fourth in the league in goals-per-game and featured three of the league’s top 15 scorers under Potvin’s direction of the forwards and power-play.
He spent the 2016-17 campaign involved with Tucson as well as the Arizona Coyotes Skills Coach where his focus was on player assessment and individual skill improvement.
Potvin joins the Coyotes after a professional career that included 478 professional American Hockey League (AHL) and top European league games.
The former forward registered 31-44-75 in 158 career AHL contests. Potvin collected 133 goals and 184 assists in 350 games over 10 seasons in Europe.
Steve and his wife, Nada, have three children: Max, Nash and Eliana.
John Slaney Assistant Coach
John Slaney was named as a Tucson Roadrunners Assistant Coach on July 26, 2017 after serving two seasons as an Assistant Coach with the Arizona Coyotes. This season marks his 12th overall with the organization as a coach and his sixth with the Roadrunners. Slaney previously spent four seasons as an assistant coach with the Portland Pirates (Arizona Coyotes AHL). He started with the Pirates in 2011-12 after finishing his playing career with Plzen HC (Czech) following the 2010-11 season.
He spent parts of the 1996-97 season playing with the Phoenix Roadrunners in the IHL and parts of the 1997-98 season playing with the Coyotes.
Leaving his mark as one of the best defensemen in AHL history, Slaney joined the Pirates coaching staff with a wealth of accolades. Slaney was a two-time recipient of the Eddie Shore Award (given annually to the AHL’s top defenseman) with the Philadelphia Phantoms in the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons, and also won a Calder Cup championship with the Phantoms in 2005.
He was inducted into the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Hall of Fame in 2016.
A member of the Penguins inaugural team, Slaney appeared in 89 games
with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton during parts of two seasons (1999-2001), recording 42-68-110 points. Slaney became the AHL’s all-time leading scorer as a defenseman in 2005-06 until his mark (519 career points) was surpassed by Oklahoma City’s Bryan Helmer.
Slaney also played in 29 games and posted 14-13-27 for Portland during the 1993-94 Calder Cup championship season.
During his career in the NHL, Slaney totaled 91 points (22-69-91) in 268 games with the Washington Capitals (1993-95), Colorado Avalanche (1995-96), Los Angeles Kings (1995-97), Phoenix Coyotes (1997-98), Nashville Predators (1998-99), Pittsburgh Penguins (1999-00), and Philadelphia Flyers (2001-02; 2003-04). Slaney also skated in 14 games for the Capitals (1993-94), Penguins (1999-00), and Flyers (2001-02) during the Stanley Cup Playoffs where he netted two goals and registered an assist.
The 49-year-old native of St. John’s, Newfoundland was originally drafted by Washington in the first round (ninth overall) of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft.
He and his wife, Brenda, have a son, Tyler, and daughter, Julia.
Zack Stortini Assistant Coach
Zack joined the Roadrunners in August of 2022 as an assistant coach from the Ontario Hockey League’s Sudbury Wolves where he served as associate coach. He transitioned to coaching as an assistant coach with Sudbury in 2019-2020 after a 14-year professional career that included 860 professional games; with 257 in the NHL with Edmonton and Nashville and 603 in the AHL. Stortini, 36, retired as a player in 2019, after winning his second career Calder Cup Championship in his third trip to the finals, as a member of the AHL’s Charlotte Checkers. The Ontario native was originally drafted by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2003 and also won a Calder Cup in 2007 with the Hamilton Bulldogs. He led the American Hockey League in penalty minutes with 299 during the 2013-2014 season with Norfolk. Since 2003, he is second in the AHL in penalty minutes with 1,825 and ranks 16th overall in AHL history in penalty minutes. He served as captain of the Binghamton Senators in 2015-2016 and was also a three-time nominee for the Yanick Dupre AHL Man of the Year Award for his contributions to his local community and charitable organizations.
Jake Wagman Director of Hockey Operations & Video
Jake joined the Roadrunners as the Director of Hockey Operations & Video in September of 2021. Prior to joining Tucson Jake spent the past 3 years as the Director of Hockey Operations for the Kelowna Rockets. His primary duties with the Rockets included assisting management with player personnel matters and helping the coaching staff coordinate daily hockey operations. Prior to joining the Rockets, Jake worked as an attorney in Denver, CO helping negotiate NHL contracts for various high-profile players. During this time, Jake conducted the preparation of NHL Salary Arbitration Briefs for a variety of players and helped clients navigate the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement. Prior to becoming an attorney, Jake worked for the University of Denver Men’s Hockey team as a Hockey Operations Assistant where he helped the Pioneer win an NCHC Championship. Jake’s first job in hockey after playing was with the Queen’s University Men’s Hockey team where he was the Video Coordinator. Jake is originally from Toronto, ON.
Eric Bechtol Equipment Manager
Eric joined the Roadrunners in July 2016 after working for the Coyotes’ ECHL affiliate Rapid City Rush. A native of Kalamazoo, Michigan, he studied at Kalamazoo Valley Community College. He has a lengthy career working in professional hockey with the Fort Worth Fire (CHL), St. Louis Blues (NHL), Kalamazoo Wings (UHL, IHL, ECHL), and the Nurnberg Ice Tigers (DEL). He currently resides in the Sabino Canyon area of Tucson with his wife Nicki, their three children Gavin, Hannah and Caden, and their dog Ollie.
Favorite Thing About Tucson: Climate, Golf & Restaurants
Favorite Food: Meat and Potatoes, Ice Cream
Favorite Movie: Happy Gilmore
Favorite Sports Team: St. Louis Cardinals
Hobbies: Golf, Attending Sporting Events, Family Time
Jordan Ellis Head Athletic Trainer
Jordan was named the Roadrunners Head Athletic Trainer in December of 2021 following Bill Nervig’s promotion to the Arizona Coyotes. He joined the Roadrunners for the 2018-2019 season as the Assistant Athletic Trainer after serving as a Resident Athletic Trainer for the University of Minnesota-Duluth and their 2018 Men’s Frozen Four Championship Team. He earned his Bachelors of Science in 2014 from the University of Nebraska-Omaha and earned his Masters of Arts in Athletic Training from them in 2017 as well. The Omaha native worked with the Omaha Lancers of the USHL and the hockey team at University of Nebraska-Omaha during his schooling as well. He is a Certified Athletic Trainer and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist along with a member of the Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Association (PHATS). He lives in Northwest Tucson with his Girl friend Taylor and dog Rooney.
Favorite TV Show: How I Met Your Mother
Hobbies: Reading, Hiking, Playing with Rooney
Favorite Sports Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Favorite Song/Band: Blink 182
Parker Poore Performance Coach
Parker joined the Roadrunners in February of 2021 as the team’s Strength and Conditioning Coach after spending the previous season as a game day Strength and Conditioning coach with the Arizona Coyotes. Prior to moving back to the desert, he was an assistant hockey coach at Bridgeton Academy (2017-2018) where he oversaw the off-ice training of the hockey team, while assisting with Lacrosse and Football. Parker also spent time working with LPGA athletes to train them and manage their off-course performance. He is a graduate of Lindenwood University where he earned his Bachelors of Science in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Strength and Conditioning and a minor in Nutrition. He earned his Masters degree in Applied Sports Psychology through Adams State University. Parker resides in Downtown Tucson. He was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Favorite Thing About Tucson: Golf
Favorite Food: Breakfast Burritos or Sushi
Favorite Movie: The Big Lebowski or The Departed
Favorite TV Show: Scrubs
Matty Schwegmann Assistant Equipment Manager
Matt joined the Roadrunners in August of 2022 as the team’s assistant equipment manager. He previously worked in the ECHL with the Utah Grizzlies and Jacksonville Icemen. He was named the SPHL’s Equipment Manager of the Year in 2016-2017 while working for his hometown Peoria, Illinois Rivermen. He replaces original Roadrunners assistant equipment manager Ryan Andrus who earlier this offseason joined the Coyotes as assistant equipment manager.
Hobbies: Hiking and camping
Favorite Food: Chili
Favorite Movie: Semi Pro or any Will Ferrell movie
Favorite TV Show: Psyche
Austin Avalos Assistant Equipment Manager
Austin joined the Roadrunners in January of 2022 with several years of experience in Sports Medicine after playing four years of college baseball at St Charles Community College and then McKendree University where he graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Athletic Training. He is a native of St. Louis, Missouri and currently lives on the east side of Tucson with his girl friend of almost seven years Ashly and their Terrier mix Sadie.
Hobbies: Strongman and cooking
Favorite Food: Ribeye
Favorite Movie: Goodfellas
Favorite Song/Band: Star Shopping by Lil Peep
Allison Lane MD, CAQ-SM - Medical Director, Emergency Medicine, Sports Medicine.
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Dr. Allison Lane is the Medical Director for the Tucson Roadrunners. She is a Banner – University Medicine Physician specializing in Emergency Medicine and Sports Medicine. She is also an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Core Faculty of The University of Arizona Emergency Medicine Residency Program. In addition to her work as an Emergency Medicine physician for Banner – University Medicine, she is also the Head Team Physician for FC Tucson and the MLS preseason in Tucson, a Team Physician for the Tucson Sugar Skulls and the University of Arizona.
Dr. Lane completed her BS in Biopsychology and Cognitive Sciences from the University of Michigan. She completed both her Medical School training and Residency Training at the University of Arizona. She continued her Sports Medicine training with the University of Arizona and completed the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship with a CAQ in Sports Medicine.
Holly Beach MD, CAQ-SM – Primary Care Sports Medicine
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Dr. Holly Beach is a Banner – University Medicine physician specializing in Primary Care Sports Medicine. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nevada, Reno and her medical degree from the University of Nevada School of Medicine. She completed her Family Medicine Residency training at the University of Arizona and went on to receive additional fellowship training with the University of Arizona Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship. She is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona and is also the University of Arizona Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship Director.
Dr. Beach has a special interest in treating sports related concussions and is a Certified Impact Credentialed Specialist. Along with her medical team she helps to provide athletes with evidence-based evaluations and treatment plans to help them safely return to sports, school and all other activities as soon as possible. She also enjoys treating competitive and recreational athletes of all ages for musculoskeletal injuries and sports related medical conditions.
William Denq MD, CAQ-SM – Emergency Medicine, Sports Medicine
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Dr. William Denq is a Banner – University Medicine physician specializing in Emergency Medicine and Sports Medicine. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Arizona and is dual boarded in both Emergency and Sports Medicine. He trained at the University of Pittsburgh for medical school, George Washington University for Emergency Medicine residency, and the University of Utah for Sports Medicine fellowship. He has provided medical coverage for teams such as U.S. Speedskating, U.S. Ski and Snowboard, Utah Jazz, and the University of Utah collegiate programs. He additionally has been the deputy medical director for the Rock ‘n Roll Marathon in Washington D.C. and provided coverage for multiple other races such as the Tour of Utah and Navy Half-Marathon. He currently is a physician for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard team and is a board member of the Sports Medicine Section for the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Dr. Denq believes in a well-rounded, evidence-based, and patient-centric approach to sports medicine. He is able to evaluate and manage patients of all ages and specializes in utilizing new technologic adaptations such as ultrasound for both diagnostic and therapeutic reasons.
Greg DeSilva MD – Orthopedic Surgery
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Dr. Greg DeSilva is Banner – University Medicine physician and the faculty of The University of Arizona Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Hand and Upper Extremity Service, as Associate Professor, Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery. In July 2009, Dr. DeSilva was appointed Residency Program Director. In addition, Dr. DeSilva is an orthopaedic consultant to the University of Arizona Athletic Department and provides care to University of Arizona athletes.
Dr. DeSilva is a native of Detroit, MI where he grew up around the sport of hockey. He earned his bachelor’s and medical degree from the University of Michigan and completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Dr. DeSilva was a resident team physician for the University of Michigan football and hockey teams. He completed his fellowship in hand and microvascular surgery at Union Memorial Hospital, Curtis National Hand Center, in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. DeSilva is board certified through the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery with additional ABOS certification in the sub-specialty of hand surgery.
Dr. DeSilva’s area of special expertise focuses on traumatic/post-traumatic reconstruction of the elbow, forearm, wrist and hand. His research and clinical interests include management of bone loss in the upper extremity, distal radius fractures and soft tissue coverage of traumatic wounds.
Now in Tucson since 2007, Dr. DeSilva, wife Christine, and five children are vibrant members of the Tucson community. Dr. DeSilva serves as team physician and hand surgery consultant for the University of Arizona athletic department, site physician for the Nova Home Loans Arizona Bowl, and tournament physician for the ITF professional tennis tournaments held in Tucson. He loves taking care of all orthopedic conditions of the hand, wrist, and elbow and cherishes getting athletes back to play the game they love.
Michael Feldman MD, CAQ-SM – Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
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Dr. Michael Feldman is the Director of Sports Medicine at Banner – University Medicine in Tucson. He is a Board Certified, Fellowship-trained Orthopedic Surgeon with a Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in Sports Medicine. He has a special interest in arthroscopic and minimally invasive surgery of the hip, knee, shoulder and ankle.
Dr. Feldman received his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Pennsylvania and graduated Magna Cum Laude with Distinction in Biochemistry. He attended the University of Pennsylvania for Medical School and completed his orthopedic internship and residency training at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Feldman went on to receive additional training in arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine completing a fellowship at the Institute for Bone and Joint Disorders in Phoenix, AZ.
In April of 2015, Dr. Feldman was the recipient of the prestigious Stephen J. Snyder Excellence in Teaching Award from the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) which annually recognizes the most outstanding teaching physician that values AANA’s mission to promote and foster the professional development and knowledge of arthroscopic surgery.
Dr. Feldman is a retired war veteran of United States Army Reserve, having attained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and has performed active duty service in Iraq, Kosovo and Germany. He currently resides with his family in Tucson, AZ.
Dan Latt MD, PhD – Orthopedic Surgery
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Dr. Dan Latt is a Banner – University Medicine physician specializing in Orthopaedic Surgery for the knee, foot, and ankle. He is an Associate Professor with Tenure of Orthopaedic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Arizona and is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon. He specializes in the care of injuries of the knee, ankle and foot. He is an expert in the treatment of tendon problems, arthritis, and complex deformities of the lower extremity.
Dr. Latt earned his medical degree from The University of Pittsburgh in 2002. He completed residency training in orthopaedic surgery at McGill University in Montreal, in 2007. He is fellowship trained in both sports medicine (Kaiser, San Diego 2008) and foot and ankle surgery (Duke University, 2009).
Dr. Latt is the founder and medical director of the Dance Medicine Clinic at the University of Arizona School of Dance. He currently serves as the Medical Director of the Orthopaedic Surgery Service at Banner – University Medical Center South and as chair of the credentials committee.
In addition to his medical degree, Dr. Latt has a PhD in Bioengineering (University of Pittsburgh, 2001). He maintains an active research program in orthopaedic biomechanics.
When not at work, Dr. Latt enjoys cycling and rock climbing.
Anna Waterbrook MD, CAQ-SM – Emergency Medicine, Sports Medicine
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Dr. Anna Waterbrook is a Banner – University Medicine physician specializing in Emergency Medicine and Sports Medicine. She is dual-board certified in both emergency and sports medicine. She is the Emergency Medicine consultant and Assistant Team Physician for the University of Arizona athletes.
Dr. Waterbrook’s special interests include using ultrasound at the bedside to both diagnose and treat musculoskeletal conditions. When she is not at work she enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband and 4 children.
James Dill MD – Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellow
Dr. James Dill is a Banner – University Medicine physician specializing in Emergency and Pediatric Medicine. He is currently a Fellow in the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship through the University of Arizona. His interest in medicine began after living for several years at a missions hospital in Cameroon, Africa, when he was in middle and high school. He began studying medicine at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, then moved to Tucson where he was a resident in the combined Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics program at the University of Arizona. After graduating from residency in 2019, he started his sports medicine fellowship at UA that same year. His interests are global health, pediatric sports and emergency medicine, and long-distance hiking/thru-hike medicine.
Aimee Monahan DO – Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellow
Dr. Aimee Monahan is a Banner – University Medicine physician specializing in Family Medicine. She is currently a Fellow in the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship through the University of Arizona. Dr. Monahan was born and raised in New York. She received her medical degree from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine. She completed her residency in Family Medicine from Rowan University and is board certified in family medicine. Growing up, she played softball and field hockey, which is what sparked her interest in the field of sports medicine. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her fiancé, baking, and exploring the restaurant scene in Tucson. She loves to travel, especially to beach destinations, and her favorite country she has visited so far has been Nepal.
Brendan Parker MD – Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellow
Dr. Brendan Parker is a Banner – University Medicine physician specializing in Emergency Medicine. He is currently a Fellow in the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship through the University of Arizona. Dr. Parker grew up in Seattle, WA and graduated from Santa Clara University in 2009. Brendan went on to medical school at The University of Toledo College of Medicine and completed his Emergency Medicine residency at AMITA Health Resurrection Medical Center in 2019. Dr. Parker enjoys working with athletes at all levels and enjoys competing in marathons and triathlons in his spare time.
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