Hockey Operations Staff
Travis Green – Head Coach
Travis Green, 44, is in his third season as the head coach of the Utica Comets after leading the team to the Calder Cup Finals in his second year. Green’s Comets finished the year as Western Conference regular season champions with a 47-20-0-9 (.678%) record. In his inaugural season, 2013-14, he pioneered the squad to a 35-32-5-4 (0.519%) record and narrowly missed out on a playoff berth. He was named the first head coach in Comets history on July 11, 2013. Prior to joining the Comets, Green spent four seasons with the Portland Winterhawks of the Western Hockey League.
The Castlegar, BC native was originally hired by the Winterhawks as assistant coach and assistant general manager for the 2009-10 season. In November of 2012, Green was named interim head coach following the suspension of Mike Johnston (now the head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins). Under Green’s tutelage, the Winterhawks compiled a 37-8-0-2 record and captured the WHL Championship. The Green-led Winterhawks ultimately fell to the Halifax Mooseheads in the Memorial Cup Finals.
During his playing career, Green spent a little more than two seasons apprenticing in the American Hockey League, all with the Capital District Islanders. Green is one of three current AHL head coaches that played together with the Capital District Islanders in 1990-91 (Dean Chynoweth – Lake Erie/ Derek Laxdal – Texas).
Green graduated to the NHL after 20 games in the 1992-93 season and went on to play nearly 1,000 NHL games with the New York Islanders, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, Phoenix Coyotes, Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins, and tallied 193 goals and 455 total points.
Green’s best season was the 1995-96 campaign with the Islanders, when he notched career-highs of 25 goals, 45 assists and 70 total points, along with 14 power-play goals. He had 23 goals and 64 points the following season, and matched his career-high with 25 goals during the 1999-00 season with the Phoenix Coyotes. He finished his playing career in Switzerland, where he had nine goals and 20 points for EV Zug in the 2007-08 season.
Green was taken 23rd overall by the New York Islanders in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft after scoring 51 goals for the WHL’s Spokane Chiefs. He returned for one last season of junior hockey and combined for 60 goals with the Chiefs and the Medicine Hat Tigers.
Paul Jerrard– Assistant Coach
Paul Jerrard, 50, was part of the Vancouver Canucks original hires for the Utica Comets coaching staff prior to the 2013-14 season. He was hired on August 12, 2013 to join Travis Green’s staff. The Comets are the fifth American Hockey League franchise in which Jerrard worked with during their inaugural season, after starting up the Lowell Lock Monsters (1998-99), the Iowa Stars (2005-06), the Iowa Chops (2008-09) and the Texas Stars (2009-10).
Prior to joining the Comets, Jerrard spent the previous two seasons as Glen Gulutzan’s assistant with the NHL’s Dallas Stars. Jerrard also worked on Gulutzan’s staff with the AHL’s Texas Stars. He helped the Texas Stars reach the playoffs in both campaigns, including the Stars’ run to the Calder Cup Finals in the franchise’s inaugural season of 2009-10. Jerrard assisted Texas in posting a cumulative 87-56-17 record (.587 points percentage) during the regular season and a 16-14 (.533 winning percentage) record during the playoffs with Texas.
The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native boasts a decade of coaching experience, including two years as an assistant coach with the Hershey Bears of the AHL prior to joining the Dallas Stars organization as an assistant with the Iowa Stars (AHL) for three seasons (2005-2008). In 2002-03, Jerrard was responsible for video content as the Colorado Avalanche’s assistant coach. He also coached for four years at his alma mater, Lake Superior State University. Prior to joining Lake Superior State, Jerrard spent one year as assistant coach with Lowell in 1998-99.
Jerrard spent 10 years as a defenseman in professional hockey, having been drafted by the New York Rangers in the ninth round (173rd overall) of the 1983 Entry Draft. He was traded to the Minnesota North Stars in October of 1988 and skated in five games for Minnesota that season. Jerrard played parts of six seasons with Kalamazoo (IHL) and was a member of the 1997 Calder Cup-winning Hershey Bears. Jerrard is certified in strength and conditioning (CSCS) and is a member of the National Strength Coaches Association (NSCA).
Paul and his wife Cheryl have two children, Meaghan and Catherine.
Nolan Baumgartner– Assistant Coach
Baumgartner, 39, is in his third season as a Utica Comets assistant coach and fourth season as an assistant coach with the Canucks AHL affiliate. Prior to being named assistant coach with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves to start the 2012-13 season, Baumgartner completed a 17-year professional playing career where he served in a leadership role as captain of both the Chicago Wolves and Manitoba Moose.
In 143 career regular season NHL games, Baumgartner recorded 47 points (7-40-47) and 69 penalty minutes with Washington, Chicago, Vancouver, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Dallas. The Calgary, AB, native played 878 regular season AHL games while he earned 390 points (83-307-390) and 815 penalty minutes. He also accumulated 29 points (4-25-29) and 85 penalty minutes in 86 career Calder Cup playoff outings, including an appearance in the 2009 Calder Cup Final as a member of the Manitoba Moose.
Baumgartner also represented Canada at the World Junior Championships in 1995 and 1996, won gold at both tournaments and served as captain in 1996.
Selected 10th overall by the Washington Capitals in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, Baumgartner was a member of the Memorial Cup championship Kamloops Blazers in 1994 and 1995.
Nolan, his wife Liz, and son Jake currently reside in Utica.
Pat Conacher – Director of Hockey Operations
Pat joined the Comets staff on August 12, 2013 as the franchise’s first Director of Hockey Operations.
Pat has coached and played over three decades of professional hockey including 521 career NHL games with a record of 139 points (63-76-139) and 235 penalty minutes. Most recently, Conacher was Head Coach of the Regina Pats of the WHL for two seasons from 2011-12 to 2012-13. His coaching career began in 2001-02 with the Phoenix Coyotes, where he spent three seasons as an Assistant Coach before Head Coaching appointments with the Utah Grizzlies and San Antonio Rampage.
Before coaching, Pat was a member of the Utica Devils over the course of three seasons playing a combined 108 games and recording 97 points (27-70-97) and 91 penalty minutes. The Edmonton, AB native was drafted by the New York Rangers 76th overall in the 1979 Entry Draft and played for six NHL teams: the New York Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, New Jersey Devils, Los Angeles Kings, Calgary Flames and New York Islanders. Conacher’s career includes two trips to the Stanley Cup finals, a championship with the Oilers in 1984 and a 24-game Cup run with Los Angeles in 1993.
Pat and his wife Susan have three children, Patrick, Dan and Cheyenne.
Josh Gagnon – Video Coordinator
Josh joined the Comets for their inaugural season as their Video Coordinator.
Prior to joining the Comets, Josh served as an assistant on the Mohawk Valley Community College coaching staff. A graduate of Clinton High School, Josh received his Bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design from SUNY at Oswego.
He was a member of the 2008 Oswego NECHL championship team. Josh currently resides in Utica with his girlfriend Erin, and their dog PepperAnn.
Dustin joins the Comets this season after working as the Peoria Rivermen’s Head Athletic Trainer since 2012. A New Hampshire native, Dustin received his Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training, from Springfield College before receiving his Masters in Exercise and Sports Science from Ithaca College.
Prior to working with Rivermen, Dustin worked as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer for Cornell. After Cornell, Dustin served as the Assistant Athletic Trainer for RPI, before working for the Florida Everblades of the ECHL, as the Head Athletic Trainer. With the Everblades, Dustin was a member of the 2011-12 team that won the Kelly Cup Championship.
Dustin is married to his wife Nancy, who works for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The 2014-15 season is Damion Parmelee’s first as the Utica Comets Equipment Manager.
Prior to joining the Comets he spent eight seasons (2006-14) with the Phantoms, both in Philadelphia and Adirondack. He spent 2003-2006 with the Alaska Aces of the ECHL. In 2006 the Aces won the Kelly Cup Championship. He spent 2000-2003 with the ECHL’s Pee Dee Pride.
He started his professional hockey career in 1999 as an assistant equipment manager for the AHL’s Albany River Rats. Parmelee had the honor of working the 2002 and 2003 ECHL All Star games.
He is a native from Binghamton, NY and currently resides in New Hartford, NY with his wife Ashley, and dog Alyeska.
Taylor joins the Comets for their inaugural season as the Assistant Equipment Manager. Prior to joining the Comets, Taylor served in the same capacity with the San Antonio Rampage.
Taylor received his Bachelor’s degree in Communications Studies from, and Master’s degree in Sports Administration, from Canisius college. He played four seasons with the Canisius Golden Griffins as a goaltender. After graduation, Taylor served two years at Canisius as the Equipment Manager before heading to San Antonio.
Taylor currently resides with his fiance, Marissa Brown.