RAPID CITY, SD – After a record of 38-47-11 in more than a full season behind the bench, the Rapid City Rush today announced that coach Mark DeSantis has been fired.

The search for a new coach will begin immediately.

“We want to thank Coach DeSantis for all his hard work and dedication that he has put in during his time as Head Coach, Assistant Coach and a player with the Rush organization,” Rush General Manager Joe Ferras said in a statement released by the team. “We wish Mark and his family all the best in the future.”

DeSantis was named the second head coach in team history on February 17, 2016, and made previous stops in Fayetteville (SPHL,) and Brampton (CHL) before joining Ferras on the bench as an assistant coach.

As a defenseman for 16 professional seasons, DeSantis skated in 1,001 career games, recording 604 points (143G, 461A), and was named the WPHL’s Most Outstanding Defenseman in 2001.

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