Hockey Operations Staff

Spiros Anastas- Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations

Spiros Anastas headshot web.jpgSpiros Anastas was named the eighth head coach in Stingrays history on Aug. 7, 2018. He spent two seasons as an assistant coach with the AHL’s Detroit Red Wings affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins from 2012-14 and helped lead the team to the 2013 Calder Cup Championship under head coach Jeff Blashill, who is now the head coach of the Red Wings. Most recently, Anastas served as the head coach for the University of Lethbridge men’s hockey team in Lethbridge, Alberta for four seasons from 2014-18.

Anastas, a native of Toronto, Ontario, played college hockey at Lebanon Valley College from 2006-10, where he was a forward and team captain. He began his coaching career with his alma mater, serving as an assistant coach during the 2010-11 season, before moving on to the University of Western Michigan where he was an assistant coach and video coordinator while working under former NHL head coach Andy Murray. During his only season with the Broncos, Anastas helped the team win their second Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) Championship in program history and earned a berth in the NCAA Tournament. Anastas also spent time as the General Manager of the Alberni Valley Bulldogs in the British Columbia Junior Hockey League (BCHL) before joining Grand Rapids.

While at Lethbridge, Anastas was also able to gain significant experience in international hockey, representing three different countries. Last year Anastas was behind the bench as head coach for Estonia at both the IIHF U20 and U18 World Championships. He also won a Silver Medal as the head coach for Hockey Alberta at the WHL Cup in October 2017 and won the 2017 U17 National Development Camp Tournament as an assistant coach for Hockey Canada.

In addition, Anastas has coached South Korea in four different World Championship tournaments. In both 2015 and 2016, he was the country’s head coach at the IIHF U18 World Junior Championship as well as an assistant coach at the IIHF World Championship. Both teams he coached for South Korea in 2015 won gold medals at their respective championships.

Anastas resides in the Charleston area with his wife Lindsay and their two sons, James and Jordan.

Steve Bergin- Assistant Coach and Manager of Hockey Operations

Bergy.jpgSteve Bergin has served as the team's Assistant Coach and Manager of Hockey Operations for two seasons from 2016-18. After helping lead South Carolina to the Kelly Cup Finals in his first year, Bergin helped the Stingrays to their best regular season in team history during 2017-18. Previously, the Groton, MA native spent five seasons as a defenseman with the Pensacola Ice Flyers of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL).

He moved behind the bench with the Stingrays after leading the Ice Flyers to three SPHL titles in five years, including a President's Cup Championship during the 2015-16 season. Bergin collected 64 points (11 goals, 53 assists) in 217 professional games with the Ice Flyers, compiling a +53 rating. He also notched 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in 30 career playoff contests.

Prior to turning pro, Bergin played four seasons of NCAA Hockey at the University of Connecticut, scoring 22 points (six goals, 16 assists) in 131 career games. Bergin is also a product of Lawrence Academy and the Boston Jr. Bruins.

Rick Covard- Head Athletic Trainer

Rick.jpgRick Covard has served as the team's Head Athletic Trainer for five seasons and has been associated with the Stingrays for the last eight campaigns. A native of Rochester, NY, Covard has over 15 years of experience in sports medicine including seven years at Trident Sports Medicine in North Charleston.

Covard was selected to work the 2015 CCM/ECHL All-Star Classic presented by Visit Orlando following voting by each of the league’s trainers and equipment managers.
He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in History and Exercise from Charleston Southern University and a Masters in MS Rehabilitation Science from Clarion University in Pennsylvania.

Cameron Parker- Head Equipment Manager

Cam.jpgCameron Parker is in his third season with the Stingrays after coming to the team from the Springfield Falcons in the American Hockey League (AHL). With the Falcons in 2015-16, Parker served as Assistant Equipment Manager.

Prior to working in professional hockey, Parker spent time as an Assistant Equipment Manager at the College of Holy Cross from 2013-2015, overseeing operations for the men's and women's hockey team in addition to other sports. A 2012 graduate of Southern New Hampshire University, Parker also served as the Equipment Manager for the men's hockey team at his alma mater from 2009-2012.

A native of Nashua, NH, Parker now resides in Charleston.