NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TX – The Texas Brahmas have announced that former Brahmas pro player Derrell Upton has been hired to serve as Assistant Coach for the 2015-16 NA3HL season. Upton has coached in the Brahmas organization for the past several years since retiring from playing professional hockey and his experience is expected to be a catalyst to help the Brahmas take the next step in development for the Tier III junior program.
“To add a Coach with Derrell’s playing experience is going to be invaluable for not only the players, but for me as well”, said Head Coach Al Rooney. “He lives in the area, has coached Brahmas youth teams for several years now so he is already familiar with the ‘Brahma Way’ of doing things so we expect this to be a smooth transition for him onto the bench for us.” Upton, who originally hails from the Toronto, Ontario area of Canada retired from playing professional hockey in the 2005-06 season. He played 4 years of Major Junior hockey in the OHL, appearing in 223 games, scoring 55 times and amassing 132 points. From there he played 6 seasons of professional hockey, including for the Brahmas, where he scored 87 goals and 218 points in 342 games in the CHL, ECHL and SPHL. Upton’s duties will include working with the defense as well as helping the Power Play unit this season.
This announcement comes just in time to kick off the season as players report for Main Camp and Training Camp this weekend. The final roster will be announced just prior to September 1st as the Brahmas season then kicks off in September as they begin their quest for the NA3HL Silver Cup Championship.