COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Mexico native Mike Beavis will become the new head coach for the Texas RoadRunners, a new team in the North American Tier-III Hockey League for the upcoming 2019-20 season.
Beavis replaces former head coach and general manager Ryan Egan, who took the head coaching position at St. Mary’s University — an NCAA Division III program.
A seasoned veteran coach, Beavis has been involved at the junior level since 1993. He recently sold his Oswego Stampede franchise to Lovell Hockey of Massachusetts (now called the New England Knights), but never really wanted to be away from the game.
“When I was given the opportunity to work for Don Stone and his family, I jumped at it without hesitation,” he said. “I spoke with Don last season about a few things and was very impressed with his passion and values. I knew that he was a guy I could work for in the future.”
Beavis will be taking over immediately for the RoadRunners. He is already at work for the upcoming season.
“I think with what the program has to offer we can make this a very successful place for players going into the future,” he said.
Known for his ability to place players at the college level, Beavis is highly respected by his peers as well as his former players for working hard so they can succeed and move on.
“I utilize a very big support staff of college coaches that I have met over the years and honestly feel that there is a school and level of play for all players, we just have to find that level,” he said.
Beavis has always based his philosophy on development and moving players on to the next level. He feels that the NA3HL is a dual-purpose league that helps develop younger players to make the jump to higher levels of play like the NAHL and also as a place where older players will have opportunities at the college level of play.
“Mike will have a ton on his plate over the next several weeks and we knew what we were looking for in someone to fill Ryan’s role,” Don Stone said, owner of the RoadRunners.
“He has been an owner and operator for several years and knows the business as well as the game. He is a huge addition to our program. His commitment to player development and moving guys on to higher levels of play combined with his relationships with college coaches should be a great fit for our program and its players.”
The RoadRunners begin preparation for the 2019-20 season with a training camp around Labor Day.