Staff Directory

Mickey Gray - President

Mickey is in his eighth year with the Rail Yard Dawgs and fifth 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 Crutchfield - Vice President

Marketing@railyarddawgs.com

540-853-6824

Contact Alexandra for information on corporate partnerships, mascot appearances, and marketing.

Alexandra is in her eighth 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 husband, Clark, and their former Pup of the Game, Maple. Alexandra received the SPHL’s Wanda Amos Community Service Award for the 2022-2023 season.

Andrew King - Director of Ticketing

Andrew@railyarddawgs.com

540-853-6827

Contact Andrew for assistance with season tickets, packages, group tickets, and donations.

Andrew is in his fifth 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 walking his rescued pup, Rusty, and wife, Lindsei.

Trevor McKinley - Game Operations and Event Manager

Trevor@railyarddawgs.com

540-853-6823

Trevor is responsible for game day operations, video production, and event management.

Trevor is in his second season with the team. The North Carolina native graduated from Hidden Valley High School before attending Radford University where he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration. Trevor has also earned his Associate’s Degree in Graphic Design from Virginia Western. Prior to starting with the Dawgs, he was a freelance graphic designer and manager at Fork in the Market. Trevor and his wife, Rachel, live in the Star City with their dog, Peach. In his free time, Trevor enjoys snowboarding, boxing, playing video games, and watching sports.

Warren Payne - Group Sales Manager

Warren@railyarddawgs.com

540-853-6823

Contact Warren for assistance with season tickets, packages, group tickets, donations, or any merchandise-related questions.

Warren is in his third year with the team after completing an internship in the front office in the 2021-2022 season. The Alexandria native graduated from Bishop Ireton High School before attending Roanoke College. Warren graduated from Roanoke in May of 2023 and majored in Psychology with a concentration in Statistics, as well as a minor in Health and Exercise Science. He was also a member of the Roanoke College club hockey team.

Cyrus Pace - Account Executive, Ticketing

cyrus@railyarddawgs.com

540-853-6829

Contact Cyrus for assistance with season tickets, packages, group tickets and donations.

Cyrus is a Roanoke native and graduate of Cave Spring High School (Class of 2020) and Roanoke College, where he earned a degree in Sport Management in December 2023. His academic journey reflects a commitment to a deep connection to the local community. He is an Account Executive for the Organization. Beyond work, Cyrus's interests include hiking and travel, An avid supporter of the Celtics and Virginia Tech, Cyrus has his passion for sports with a comprehensive understanding gained through his studies in sport management.

Dan Bremner - Head Coach and General Manager of Hockey Operations

Dan is in his seventh year with the Rail Yard Dawgs and his sixth season as head coach and general manager. The Sarnia, Ontario native has led the Rail Yard Dawgs to the President’s Cup Final in each of the past two seasons, as Roanoke won the championship for the first time in 2023. 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.

Dan spends much of his free time volunteering with local youth hockey teams. When he’s not on the ice, he enjoys spending time with his wife Deanna and their two dogs, Carl and Jerry.

Josh Pentico - Head Equipment Manager

Josh, with a tenure extending into his second year, serves as the Head Equipment Manager for the RailYard Dawgs. Originating from Demore, Iowa. The Colorado Avalanche, his favorite NHL team from a young age. His second favorite sport is Baseball. Having a background in the hockey industry, Josh has made significant contributions to both the Iowa Wild and the Lonestar Brahmas, with a span from 2019 to 2022. Residing in Roanoke during the hockey season, he seamlessly transitions to Demore in the summer, where he lives with his wife, children, and a dogs.

Travis Johns - Head Athletic Trainer

Meet Travis, who has been part of the team since 2016. Originally from Buffalo, New York, Travis holds a degree in athletic training from Alfred University. Currently residing in Hardy with his wife and three children, Travis is the head athletic trainer and his favorite NHL team are the Buffalo Sabres. Growing up a big hockey fan, he enjoys being around the sport and enjoys the atmosphere with the RailYard Dawgs. Outside of his professional role, Travis shares his home with dogs, Rocky and Odey.