The Rebels are pleased to announce that the team has extended the contracts of general manager and head coach Joe Coombs and assistant coach Josh Brown.
The Rebels won the inaugural East Division regular season championship with a 35-21-4 record. By winning the division, the team secured home ice advantage throughout the divisional series. The team currently leads the best-of-five divisional semi-final series two games to none.
“We are very excited that our coaching staff has agreed to continue their current capacity running the hockey operations for the Aston Rebels” stated team President Ken Dennis. “We look forward to working together to bring a Robertson Cup championship to the Aston community, our fans and families” concluded Dennis.
Coombs, a Brantford, ON native, came to the Rebels from the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees where he coached the team for two seasons. The Killer Bees relocated to Aston, PA in June of 2015. Coombs currently has a 95-54-21 record (.620 PCT). His teams have made the playoffs all three years. Four of his current players have made NCAA commitments. Prior to joining the Rebels, he was an associate head coach of the USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints for three seasons. Coombs played professional hockey from 1996 – 2001.
“My family and I are very happy to be staying” stated Coombs. “We have really enjoyed the area. I have worked three years for Ken and could not be happier. He is the best owner in the league” concluded Coombs.
This was Brown’s first season as an assistant coach with the Aston Rebels. Last year he was an assistant coach with the Killer Bees where he oversaw the defensemen and the power play. The Dexter, MI native spent two seasons (2012-14) with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program as intern assistant coach, working with both the U.S. National Under-18 Team (95-birth year) and U.S. National Under-17 Team (97-birth year).