Head Coach / GM, Scott Langer
The 2012-2013 season will be Coach Langer’s ninth season as Head Coach of the RoadRunners. His overall record (329-151-40) reflects the team’s successes on the ice. During his tenure, he has guided the team to the postseason play in 7 of his 8 years. He has won the NAHL South Division Regular Season Title three times, made it to the Division Finals five times, and participated in the Robertson Cup Tournament twice. Coach Langer was awarded the NAHL Coach of the Year in 2010-11, and NAHL General Manager of the Year in 2009-10.
Born and raised in Islip, NY, he has dedicated his life to the game of hockey. After a successful junior career as a player himself, he moved directly to the bench as an assistant coach for the AWHL/NAHL Bismarck Bobcats from 1997-2002. He spent one season as an assistant coach for the USHL Chicago Steel before accepting an assistant coach position with the NAHL expansion Lone Star Cavalry in 2003-04. After one season in Texas, the franchise was moved to Santa Fe, NM where Coach Langer assumed the Head Coach position and the team was renamed the RoadRunners.
The RoadRunners moved to Topeka in 2007, where it has grown to be the most successful franchise in Topeka's hockey history, and one of the best attended in the NAHL. In the first five seasons, the Runners are an amazing 206-61-25, a winning percentage of .748. However, the statistic Coach Langer is most proud of is a different number: 90, which is currently the number of players that have received Division I scholarships to date.
Assistant Coach, Josh Kamrass
Josh moves into an assistant coach position this year. He has been working as a scout for the past three years.
From Atlanta, GA, Josh has been playing competitive hockey since the age of four. He has a long history of playing juniors in the NAHL, and many people in Topeka recognize Josh from his playing days here in the inaugural 2007-2008 season. He went on to play one year at the University of Wisconsin, River Falls, then moved his game and education to Curry College in Boston, where he recently graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Communication/Education.
Josh is excited to have the opportunity to begin his coaching career alongside the experienced coaching staff of the RoadRunners. “This is an incredible opportunity for me, to be able to learn from two veteran coaches. I am also looking forward to working with the players and helping these elite athletes advance their hockey careers.”
When he is not on the ice, Josh enjoys golf and tennis.
Special Consultant, John Becanic
A native of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., Becanic has extensive junior hockey coaching experience. He began his coaching career in 1992 as an assistant with the Soo Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), which won the Memorial Cup championship in 1993. He then helped establish the NAHL’s Bismarck Bobcats, where he served as the team’s head coach and general manager from 1996 through 2001. He served in the same capacity with the NAHL’s Pittsburgh Forge from 2001-2003, leading the team to the league championship in 2003. From the 2003 championship team in Pittsburgh, 15 players earned Division I college scholarships and four have played in the National Hockey League (NHL).
After his stint with the Forge, Becanic served as the associate head coach of the WHL’s Everett Silvertips from 2003-2007. The Silvertips won three division titles while Becanic was associate head coach. They were also the league’s regular-season champions. Becanic went on to serve as head coach of the Silvertips in 2007-08 and 2008-09. During his tenure as head coach, the team went 66-66-12 and qualified for the playoffs both seasons.
Goalie Coach, Steve Briere
Steve Briere enters his third season as Goalie Coach for the RoadRunners . In his first two seasons, the RoadRunners have produced back-to-back NCAA DI scholarship goalies Rasmus Tirronen (Merrimack) and Peter Traber (Harvard). Steve also coaches the USHL Fargo Force goalies and serves as an assistant to Wayne Thomas and Corey Schwab of the San Jose Sharks of the NHL.
A veteran of over 600 professional games spanning a nine-year career, an ingrained work ethic helped him move up through the ranks from the CHL, ECHL, the AHL and the IHL. In 2000, Briere had the opportunity to play alongside one of his boyhood heroes, Ken Wregget, as a member of the Manitoba Moose in the IHL, going all the way to the semi-finals. Steve enjoyed the majority of his success playing in the Elite Hockey League in Britain where he played for four seasons and won two league Championships and was named League MVP as well as goaltender of the year on two occasions.
Steve retired as a player in 2008 to become the Graduate/Assistant Coach at Division I University of Alabama at Huntsville and complete his MBA in Entrepreneurship and Management .
Steve and his wife Pamela, along with daughter Morgan 10, and son Cameron 6, reside in Minneapolis, Minnesota.