Meet the new assistant coach for the Rapid City Rush

RAPID CITY, S.D. – The Rapid City Rush return home this week for a three-game series against the Kansas City Mavericks.

Fans may notice a new face behind the bench.

The Rush announced Tuesday that the team has hired Zac Desjardins as their new assistant coach.

“We are thrilled to be adding Zac to our staff,” Rush head coach and general manager Scott Burt said. “He brings great experience both as an assistant in this league and as a head coach. To add someone who knows the league, who is very passionate about the game, passionate about coaching and passionate about the development of our players, we are excited to have him.”

Desjardins was the assistant coach for the Tulsa Oilers for four seasons from 2017 to 2021.

Zac Desjardins

Zac Desjardins, Rapid City Rush assistant coach

During his time with Tulsa, the Oilers won the Mountain Division title in 2019 and appeared in the Western Conference Finals.

He will begin his role with the Rush immediately.

“I am extremely excited to be joining Scott Burt and the Rush organization,” Desjardins said. “To see where Rapid is progressing and where it’s going to go down the road, I’m just excited to be a part of it. And I’m excited to help that transition to making this one of the powerhouses in the ECHL.”

The Rush and former assistant coach Jeremy Gates have agreed to part ways.

The Rush will host Kansas City Wednesday at 7:05 p.m. in game one of a three-game series.

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