Nello Ferrara named Rush assistant coach
The Rapid City Rush took the next step in the team’s offseason overhaul Monday with the announcement of a new assistant coach.
Nello Ferrara will serve as new head coach Daniel Tetrault’s assistant. Ferrara and Tetrault were actually teammates at one point in their careers in Port Huron where the two defensemen skated the blue line together.
The Chicago native played for 19 teams over his 10-year professional career and says he couldn’t pass up the opportunity to rebuild the Rush into an ECHL powerhouse.
"Coming in this situation where you’re building it from scratch, being able to run it your way with your partner, that’s a fantastic thing," said Nello Ferrara. "A lot of times you come into jobs, especially when things haven’t been going well, ownership has a tendency to squeeze. Management has a tendency to squeeze your ability to do things your way. We’ve been given free reign. Ownership and management believe in us, that we have the tools and the ability to turn this ship around and get it to where it’s supposed to be."
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Ferrara comes from a family of famous confectioners in Chicago, the Ferrara Candy Company, which is known for Lemonheads, Red Hots, and Original Boston Baked Beans among others.