Mark Dennehy - Head Coach
Mark Dennehy enters his third season with the Binghamton Devils. In 2010-11, he led the team to the most successful season in school history with a record 25 wins and won the Bob Kullen Coach of the Year Award as the conference’s top coach. Prior to Merrimack, Dennehy served as assistant coach with UMass. -Amherst, Princeton University and as Head Coach at Fairfield University.
As a right-shooting defenseman, he played four seasons at Boston College, 1987-1991, scoring eight goals and 46 assists for 54 points and 66 penalty minutes in 133 games. He played one professional season with Ayr of the British Hockey League.
Mark and his wife, Heather, have three daughters: Kelsey, Kielan and Caroline.
Ryan Parent - Assistant Coach
Ryan Parent enters his second season with the Binghamton Devils after a long playing career in professional hockey. Parent, 31, was a first-round draft pick of the Nashville Predators, 18th overall, in 2005. He played in 106 NHL games with Vancouver and Philadelphia, notching one goal and six assists. He also played in 27 career Stanley Cup Playoff games. The left-shooting defenseman played in 251 AHL games with seven teams between 2006 and 2016, where he registered four goals and 24 assists with 261 penalty minutes. He also played in 31 Calder Cup Playoff games.
Parent was part of the gold medal winning Team Canada at the 2006 and 2007 World Junior Championships. He spent his junior hockey playing for the Guelph Storm in the OHL, winning the league championship in the 2003-2004 season.
Ryan and his wife, Nichole, have one daughter, Charlotte.
Adam Purner - Video Coach
Adam enters his first season with the Binghamton Devils. He previously served as the video coach for the Portland Winterhawks (WHL) in Oregon. Purner also served as the team video coordinator for the U.S. Women’s National Team. He served in the same role during the U.S. Women’s National Festival in Lake Placid, New York.
Purner has also spent time as a volunteer goaltending development coordinator with USA Hockey, working with local hockey associations to further develop goaltenders, and identify players for regional and national development camps.
Brian Sersch - Head Equipment Manager
Brian enters his third season, and second as Head Equipment Manager with the Binghamton Devils. Prior to his time with Binghamton, Sersch spent two years working in the ECHL as the head equipment manager of the Adirondack Thunder after his promotion from assistant equipment manager following the 2014-15 season. The Linglestown, Pennsylvania native spent 12 years, from 2002-2014 working in the AHL for the Hershey Bears as a locker room attendant/equipment assistant.
Sersch graduated from YTI Career Institute with an associate’s degree in specialized business. In his free time, the motorcycle enthusiast enjoys bowling, hiking and cooking.
Sergei Brylin - Assistant Coach
Sergei Brylin enters his fourth season with the Binghamton Devils after spending four years as an assistant coach to the New Jersey Devils’ affiliate team in Albany. Before becoming an assistant coach, Brylin retired from hockey in 2012 after spending four years in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League playing for the SKA St. Petersburg and the Metallurg Novokuznetsk.
A native of Moscow, Russia, Brylin was drafted by the New Jersey Devils in the 1992 NHL Entry Draft in the second round (42nd overall). Brylin spent 13 years with the New Jersey Devils, winning three Stanley Cup Championships in 1995, 2000 and 2003. He is one of five Devils’ players who played for all New Jersey Devils’ championships.
In his career of 765 games played, the diverse defensive forward acquired 308 points, consisting of 129 goals and 179 assists while shifting between center and wing. Of 109 playoff games he participated in, he had 15 goals and 19 assists with a total of 34 points and averaged 15:26 of ice time.
Sergei and his wife, Elena, have three children: Anna, Fyodor and Maria.
Stephen Volek - Strength & Conditioning Coach
Stephen Volek enters his fourth season with the Binghamton Devils. He attended Yale University, where he was an assistant director of strength and conditioning for two years. While he primarily worked with their men’s ice hockey team, he also trained their baseball and soccer teams. Prior to that, Volek worked as the Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning for the University of Minnesota, working with the men’s and women’s ice hockey teams, baseball, men’s track and field, and women’s golf.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Volek completed his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology in 2010. He acquired his Master of Science in Sport Management from the California University of Pennsylvania in 2012.
Chris Murphy - Equipment Manager
Chris Murphy is joining the Binghamton Devils as an Assistant Equipment Manager after spending seven years with the New Jersey Devils. Starting in the visiting locker room, he became an assistant equipment manager two years ago.
Murphy graduated from New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) with a business degree. During his time in school, the Carlstadt, NJ played for the NJIT men’s hockey team and was the captain for two years.
Jon Williams - Head Athletic Trainer
Jon Williams begins his second season with the Binghamton Devils and first as the Head Athletic Trainer. Prior to joining the Devils, Williams was the Strength & Conditioning Coach / Athletic Trainer for the Endicott College Men’s Ice Hockey team in Massachusetts for five years.
Williams spent two years (2012-14) as an Assistant Athletic Trainer at University of Massachusetts-Lowell and a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer at University of Mississippi (2010-12).
He received his Bachelor’s degree from Quinnipiac and his Master’s degree from University of Mississippi.
Tom Mitchell - Executive Vice President of Operations
Tom Mitchell will begin his second season as the Devils’ executive vice president of operations in 2018-19. Mitchell returned to Binghamton in 2002 to oversee day-to-day operations of the club after working for three seasons in the same position for the Hartford Wolf Pack.
Mitchell’s involvement in AHL hockey dates back to 1985 when he became a partner and general manager of the Binghamton Whalers, Binghamton Rangers, and Binghamton Senators.
His own hockey career led him to leave his hometown of Vanderhoof, British Columbia at the age of 14 to play in the Canadian Major Junior Hockey League in both North Battleford and Estevan, Saskatchewan. Following his junior career, Mitchell was drafted by the Minnesota North Stars in 1968 and spent four seasons in their organization. At the conclusion of his hockey career, Mitchell moved to the Southern Tier as a sales representative for a materials handling company. He eventually bought his own materials handling business, now known as American Materials Handling & Fabrication Co., in 1982.
Rob Lippolis - Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations
Rob Lippolis enters his second season as Director of Broadcasting & Media/Community Relations for the Binghamton Devils in 2018-19, after joining the Binghamton Senators in 2016-17. The native of Windsor, NY joined the staff after spending 2014-2016 as Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations with the Omaha Lancers (USHL).
Before moving to Nebraska, Rob spent three seasons in Texas as the play-by-play broadcaster with the Corpus Christi IceRays (NAHL). The graduate of SUNY Oswego earned his bachelor’s degree in Broadcasting & Mass Communication and served as the radio broadcaster for the Lakers.
Rob started out as a broadcast intern for the Binghamton Senators for six years and was able to call several games for both the Senators from 2006-2011 and in 2014 for the San Antonio Rampage. He currently resides in his hometown of Windsor, NY.
Kara Kellett-Williams - Office Manager
Kara is in her third season with the Binghamton Devils. Kara re-joined the front office in Binghamton as the Accounting/Administrative Assistant. She originally joined the Binghamton Senators front office as the Assistant Ticketing Manager/Accounts Receivable Specialist in 2006.
As a result of growing up in Binghamton, Kara became a hockey fan at a young age.
After high school, Kara attended Broome Community College for Business Administration and St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY for Sports Management. Before joining the Binghamton Senators, she was employed by the Greater Binghamton Sports Complex and also enjoyed a short stint with an arena football team that never quite got it’s feet off the ground, the Binghamton Brigadiers.
In addition to hockey, Kara is a fan of a variety of sports especially football, tennis, volleyball, softball, and skiing.