Simon Watson is in his third season with the organization as Head Coach and General Manager.
Watson played professional hockey in the Central Hockey League (CHL) for the Lubbock Cotton Kings, Rocky Mountain Rage, and the Missouri Mavericks. His strong leadership qualities on and off the ice, and significant contributions to his community didn't go unnoticed as he was named the 2011 CHL Man of the Year.
He played MWJHL junior hockey in his hometown, Waterloo, Ontario, for the Waterloo Siskins. From 2001-2006 Watson played NCAA Division 1 collegiate hockey at St. Lawrence University where he received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Masters of Educational Leadership.
On August 5, 2011, Watson retired as a player and became the Mavericks' Assistant Director of Hockey Operations. Watson has continued to work with the Kansas City Mavericks in various capacities including Associate Coach, Director of Player Personnel, and Color Analyst for televised Mavericks games.
On May 9, 2013, he was named to the coaching staff of the KC Mavs Elite Midget AAA team. He also volunteers with the Jr. Mavericks by coaching and teaching youth hockey players in the Kansas City area. Watson is a registered level 5 Coach with USA hockey.
Simon and his wife Megan live in Riverside, Missouri with their two sons, Hudson and Sawyer.
Justin DeMartino is in his third season with the team.
In 2017-2018, Justin was assistant coach of the Topeka RoadRunners before become the interim head coach in November 2017. He remained with the Pilots as the associate head coach and director of scouting.
Prior to arriving in Kansas City, Justin started his coaching career as a volunteer assistant for his alma matter, Ferris State University. As a volunteer, he primarily did video and individual skill sessions/workouts with players and goaltenders.
While playing for the Bulldogs from 2010-2014, DeMartino was a part of the 2012 team that finished Runner Up at the Frozen Four and the 2014 team that won the WCHA tournament and lost to North Dakota in the Elite 8. Justin graduated in 2014 with a degree in Sports Communications.
Justin resides in Kansas City, Missouri.
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Rocco is entering his first year with the Scouts.
Rocco was born and raised in Media, PA. He began playing hockey at IceWorks in Aston, starting with the Delco Phantoms, eventually working his way up to tier 1 AAA with the Little Flyers, while also attending and playing for Cardinal O’Hara. At age 16, he was drafted by and began playing for the DesMoines Buccaneers in the USHL. Following two years in DesMoines, he earned a scholarship to play Division 1 hockey for the University of Massachusetts Amherst (Hockey East). He played four seasons at UMass, captaining the team his final year, graduating with a degree in Kinesiology.
He immediately signed his first professional contract with the Florida Everblades, and spent the next seven years playing professionally in North America. He earned numerous call ups to the American Hockey League (AHL), with stints with the Anaheim Ducks and New York Islanders farm teams. He has been coaching youth players for the past four off-seasons, including private and semi private lessons, planning and running numerous camps and clinics, and most recently creating RC4 Hockey. He has coached multiple tournament AAA select teams throughout the off-seasons.
Dave is entering his first year with the Scouts.
In 2019-20, Dave served as the assistant coach and strength and conditioning coach for varsity hockey at Trinity Catholic High School in Stamford, CT. Dave also served as a strength coach for the hockey teams at South Kent Selects Academy.
Dave conjointly works as a Senior Strength Coach at Body Focus and Performance in Rye, NY and Pulaski Strength in Bridgeport, CT. After completing a Bachelors degree of music from McGill University, Dave completed his Poliquin International Certification Program (PICP) Level II and has been strength training elite athletes since.
Veteran equipment manager, George Escamilla joined our organization in 2018 for Topeka's inaugural season in the North American Hockey League. Escamilla, who has been on the bench for over 1,500 games, is in his 23rd season in the minor pro and junior hockey ranks.
He began his career with the Amarillo Rattlers of the Western Professional Hockey League and also worked for the Abilene Aviators (WPHL), Fort Worth Brahmas (WPHL and Central Hockey League) and Corpus Christi IceRays (CHL and NAHL).
Escamilla also has worked in minor league baseball as a clubhouse manager for the Amarillo Dillas, Fort Worth Cats and Corpus Christi Hooks, the Class AA affiliate of the Houston Astros. He was part of championship clubs with the Dillas (1999) and Hooks (2006) and won the Texas League’s Best Visitors’ Clubhouse award in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
Escamilla, a native of Amarillo, Texas, is a graduate of Phillips University in Enid, Okla.