RAPID CITY, S.D. – The search is on for a new General Manager in Rapid City.
An original member of the Rush, Joe Ferras, is leaving his Black Hills post in August to become an amateur scout for the New Jersey Devils.
“It has been a pleasure to have worked with so many dedicated staff members in the front office, and an absolute honor to have coached many fine young men that have represented the Rapid City Rush throughout the years,” Ferras said in a release.
Ferras served as the franchise’s first and only head coach for eight seasons, six in the defunct Central Hockey League, two in the ECHL. There, he won the franchise’s only championship in 2010, racking up 284 regular season wins. In addition, he has been the team’s general manager since 2013, when then general manager Tim Hill resigned to take a job in the oil & gas industry in his home province of Alberta.
During the late stages of the 2015-16 season, Ferras ceded his position as head coach to focus on his role in the front office, allowing for Associate Head Coach Mark DeSantis to take the reigns. DeSantis, a Ferras protege, finished the season with an 11-9-3 record, and followed it up with a disappointing 26-38-8 record last season.
The franchise has seen some down times of late, having not made the postseason since the Rush’s inaugural season in the ECHL, when they advanced to the second round and lost in six games to Allen. The recent hires of Daniel Tetrault and Nello Ferrara as the new coaching braintrust and the new affiliation with the NHL’s Minnesota Wild, has injected some life back into the Rush franchise.
Ferras is assisting the team with the general manager transition.