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Vice President of Operations - Donald Stone, III

Donald, a former hockey player, is beginning his first full season with the RoadRunners, working closely with our sponsors and fans in order to continue the RoadRunner’s standing as one of the most successful franchises in the NAHL. Donald brings a youthful enthusiasm to the front office and an unbridled passion for hockey in Topeka.

Prior to relocating in Topeka this year, he was the Assistant Director of Marketing for a sports radio station in Atlanta, Georgia (680 The Fan). During his 5-year tenure he worked closely with the Atlanta Thrasher Radio Network and became their Executive Producer. In addition, he produced radio shows for the Atlanta Braves and the Atlanta Hawks.

This year Donald plans to bring a top notch game day atmosphere to Landon Arena, rewarding the best fans in the league for their support.

Donald comes from a large family with 6 younger brothers, all of whom are current or former hockey players. In his free time, Donald enjoys working with the youth hockey program and relaxing with his dog, Jackson.


Executive Director of Business Operations - Joe Clark

With more than 20 years of experience in professional hockey, Joe Clark joined the Roadrunners organization in October of 2012 and will oversee the business operations of the NAHL franchise.

Clark and his family arrived in Topeka after spending the past five seasons as the GM of the Odessa Jackalopes, and guided the West Texas franchise from professional hockey to the junior ranks a year ago. He was also named the team’s first-ever head coach in 1997, and helped the organization to back-to-back league “Franchise of the Year” awards.

He returned to Odessa after being away for eight years, most recently serving as a scout for the NHL’s New York Islanders and coaching in their minor league system in the ECHL. From 2008 to 2011, the Jackalopes served as a “AA” affiliate of the Islanders, and were instrumental in getting several Odessa players opportunities in both the AHL and NHL. During those years, the Jackalopes were also named the CHL’s “Most Improved Franchise” and were recognized as the league’s top team in community relations twice.

Clark also spent 10 years as a head coach in Europe, splitting his time between the Danish and Norwegian National Leagues. Prior to his days in Europe, Clark started his coaching career as the goaltending coach at the University of Maine, one of the nation’s top NCAA programs. During his days at Maine, he helped the Black Bears to their first-ever NCAA appearance in 1987, as well as the school’s first Frozen Four appearance in 1988.

Outside of hockey, Clark put his journalism skills to use and served as an editor in the sports department of the Omaha World Herald for four years, as well as the Lewiston Sun and Kennebec Journal in his home state.

During his first season as the Jacks’ coach, Clark met then Odessa College women’s basketball coach Stephie Thomas at a charity basketball game between the two teams. A year later, the two were married and now have three children – daughter Sydnie (13), son Tanner (12) and daughter Ella (4).


Manager of Community Relations - Chris Engesser

Chris joins the RoadRunners family this year working full-time as the Manager of Community Relations and running game night operations. Working as a Roadshow Producer for WCNN Sports Radio 680 The Fan in Atlanta for six years, he developed a love for hockey while covering the Atlanta Thrashers (now Winnipeg Jets of the NHL).

Born and raised in Atlanta, GA, Chris served in the U.S. Coast Guard stationed in Gloucester, MA. Working as a heavy weather motor lifeboat crewman, he performed Search and Rescue and law enforcement operations off the coast of Northern Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. Following his service, Chris earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Communication at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, GA.

Strengthening the ties between the RoadRunners and the Topeka community will be one of Chris’ goals for this season, in addition to making our game operations the best in the NAHL!


Equipment Manager, Dave Brown

Dave joins the Topeka RoadRunners family after spending the primary three seasons in Florida.

From 2010-2013, Dave served as Assistant Coach/Equipment Manager for The Tampa Bay Jr. Hockey Club in the EJHL South.

Brown played hockey at the University of Minnesota under head coach, Doug Woog from 1986-1988.

Growing up in Minnesota, Brown comes from a hockey family. His father and brothers were all highly recognized hockey players in Minnesota, with Division I college and professional hockey experiences. Dave's free time is spent cycling, golfing and going to the gym.


Play by Play Broadcaster - Arch Ecker

For the 2013-14 season, Arch Ecker begins his eighth season with the RoadRunners and eighteenth in Tier II Junior A. Since 1996, he has been broadcasting Junior A hockey games, beginning his career with the AFHL's Butte Fighting Irish for six seasons, followed by four seasons with the AWHL's Helena Bighorns, who later joined the NAHL. On September 28, 2013, he called his 1,000th Tier II Junior A hockey game, with 446 of them being RoadRunners games. His well-rounded sports broadcasting experience also includes Pioneer League baseball games, as well as other high school sports.

Born and raised in Los Angeles, he relocated to Butte, Montana when he lived for 16 years before joining the RoadRunners. Arch says, "I'm proud to be a part of this organization. The ownership and coaches are first class."

Arch plays in a dueling piano show and plays bass guitar in local bands during the off-season. He is also the President of the local Eagles Aerie #4319 in Topeka.