Staff Directory




Mickey Gray

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

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.

Andrew King
Ticket Sales Manager


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.


Mitch Stewart
Media Manager & Play-by-Play Broadcaster

Mitch is responsible for media relations, social media content, and broadcast production. 

Mitch is in his third season with the Rail Yard Dawgs. The Roanoke native graduated from Lord Botetourt High School before attending The Pennsylvania State University where he earned his Bachelor of Broadcast Journalism with a certificate from the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism in Spring 2020. At Penn State, Mitch was heavily involved with the most-followed student media outlet in the world, Onward State, and was a broadcaster for the student-run radio station, CommRadio. When he’s not on the headset, Mitch enjoys spending time with his family and friends, visiting the beach, attending music concerts and festivals, and cheering for the Cowboys, Mets, Capitals, Penn State, and Virginia Tech.


Trevor McKinley
Game Operations & Events Manager

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
Account Executive & Merchandise Coordinator

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 is in his senior year as a Maroon, and is majoring in Psychology with a concentration in Statistics, as well as a minor in Health and Exercise Science.

During his free time, Warren plays goalie for the Roanoke College club hockey team, and enjoys spending time with friends, playing video games, and reading science fiction novels. Unfortunately, Warren can’t have a dog in his dorms on campus.






Dan Bremner
Head Coach and General Manager of Hockey Operations

Dan is in his seventh season with the Rail Yard Dawgs and his sixth 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.



Ian Roberts
Assistant Coach

Ian is in his third season with the Rail Yard Dawgs, and his second as assistant coach. During the 2021-22 season, he worked as the team’s goaltending coach. The Michigan native grew up playing travel hockey in the Detroit area until moving on to play collegiately at the University of Michigan-Flint (ACHA) where he earned his Bachelor of Business Administration. During his career at Michigan-Flint, Roberts played in 60 career games over six years. In addition to his playing days, Roberts has spent over a decade coaching goaltenders of all levels, ranging from youth to professional, and has been involved in the local hockey community since relocating to Roanoke in 2020. When Ian is not on the ice, he enjoys hiking the trails of Virginia with his wife, Jessica and spending time with his golden retriever, Crouton.




Travis Johns
Athletic Trainer

Travis in in his ninth year in professional sports and his eighth 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, their three kids, and their two dogs.




Josh Pentico
Equipment Manager

Josh is in his second season with the Rail Yard Dawgs, and fifth season in the hockey industry. A native of Des Moines, Iowa, Pentico spent two seasons as the assistant equipment manager for the Iowa Wild of the AHL before becoming the head equipment manager for the Lone Star Brahmas of the NAHL last season. When Joshua isn’t working at the rink, he enjoys spending time with his wife, their daughter, and his black lab/setter mix dog, Bruno.





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