Staff Directory

Mickey Gray
(O) 540-266-7343

Mickey is in his fifth year with the Rail Yard Dawgs and third as the President. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Mickey was hired to head up operations of the team in January of 2016 and started with the team in March. He first held the role of Vice President and General Manager before being promoted to President in June of 2018. Mickey had most recently worked in Peoria, Illinois, spending three years as the Assistant General Manager of the SPHL’s Peoria Rivermen. Prior to that, he spent time with the Bloomington Blaze, the Central Illinois Drive and the Bloomington Edge.

Mickey is a graduate of Lincoln College in Lincoln, Illinois, where he received a degree in Business Administration. He lives in Roanoke with his wife Allison and their two dogs, Sydney and Gus.

Alexandra Martin
Vice President of Business Operations
(O) 540-266-7343 x3
(D) 540-206-3264
Contact Alexandra for information on corporate partnerships, mascot appearances and marketing.

Alexandra is in her fifth year with the Rail Yard Dawgs. She first served as the Marketing Manager, then had that role expanded to Director of Corporate Partnerships and Marketing. Most recently, she was named Vice President of Business Operations in the summer of 2019. A Roanoke native, Alexandra graduated from the North Cross School in Roanoke before attending Roanoke College in Salem. She received her Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing and a minor in Biology.

Alexandra was a two-sport athlete for the Maroons, competing in both volleyball and tennis. She also worked for the Roanoke College sports information department while she was a student. She enjoys spending time on the river with her fiancé, Clark, and their former Pup of the Game, Maple.

Brian Gardner
Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations
(O) 540-266-7343 x2
(D) 540-206-2926
Contact Brian with media requests and broadcasting related inquiries.

Brian is in his fifth year as the Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Rail Yard Dawgs. Hailing from Burke, Virginia, Brian attended Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia where he received a degree in Communication with a Sports Management and Journalism minor. While he was a student, he was the sports director for the student radio station and served as the student voice of Monarch athletics.

Prior to joining the Rail Yard Dawgs, Brian held broadcasting roles with Middlebury College hockey, the Salem Red Sox, Radford University basketball and the Binghamton Mets.

Andrew King
Account Executive – Ticketing
(O) 540-266-7343 x1
(D) 540-206-2902
Contact Andrew for assistance with season tickets, group tickets, and donations.

Andrew is in his second year with the Rail Yard Dawgs. A Roanoke native, he attended Hidden Valley High School and stayed close to home to earn a Marketing degree with a minor in Economics from Radford University. When he’s not talking to our fans, he enjoys hiking, biking, skiing, and generally anything outdoors.


Dan Bremner
Head Coach and General Manager
(O) 540-266-7343

Dan is in his fourth season with the Rail Yard Dawgs and his fourth as a head coach and general manager. He retired following a six-year career in the SPHL during which he appeared for the Knoxville Ice Bears, Columbus Cottonmouths and Peoria Rivermen. Dan served as captain for the Rivermen for each of his final two seasons. He played in 281 career games and netted 48 goals along with 79 assists and 709 penalty minutes. Dan joined Ohio University’s staff as an assistant coach following his retirement and worked there until he was hired as head coach of the Rail Yard Dawgs in December of 2017.

[NOT PICTURED]   Cal Miska
                                Assistant Coach
                                (O) 540-266-7343

Cal is in his second year with the Rail Yard Dawgs as the team’s assistant coach. He is with the team for all practices and joins Dan Bremner on the bench for all home games and select road games. Cal played one professional season and spent time with the Rail Yard Dawgs, Pensacola Ice Flyers and the FHL’s Elmira Enforcers. He also works as a private skating and skills instructor and has run skating and hockey development camps for five years.

Chad Ray
Equipment Manager
(O) 540-266-7343

Chad is in his second year with the Rail Yard Dawgs and his 15th in hockey. A native of Mississippi, he has had stints as an equipment manager with the Adirondack Thunder, Odessa Jackalopes, Louisiana IceGators, Dayton Bombers and Tupelo T-Rex. Additionally, Chad spent four seasons with the University of Mississippi’s club hockey team as the equipment manager and Director of Game Operations while also working with the Mississippi SeaWolves as an equipment assistant and video coach. He holds a degree in Paramedic/EMT Technology from East Mississippi Community College and away from the rink enjoys spending time with his dog, Hat Trick.

Travis Johns
Athletic Trainer
(O) 540-266-7343

Travis in in his sixth year in professional sports and his fifth with the Rail Yard Dawgs. A Buffalo, New York native, Travis attended Alfred University where he earned a degree in Athletic Training and spent a year on the football team. Before joining the Dawgs, he worked as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Rochester Lancers of the Major Arena Soccer League and an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Houghton College. Travis lives in Roanoke with his wife, Blaire, his son and their two dogs.

Locker Room Dawg

Carl is in his second season with the Rail Yard Dawgs and his second in pro sports. Adopted by Rail Yard Dawgs head coach Dan Bremner and his fiancée Deanna, the pit bull mix is serving as an assistant coach who specializes in instructing the team in the finer points of stick chewing and fetch. During his free time, Carl enjoys napping on the couch in the coach’s office and running on the ice.