Hockey Operations Staff

Ryan Warsofsky- Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations

Ryan Warsofsky.jpgRyan Warsofsky was named the seventh Head Coach in team history on July 6, 2016. Warsofsky is the first American born coach in franchise history, and is the fifth youngest coach in ECHL history. He is currently the youngest active coach in the league.

Since joining the Stingrays in 2013, Warsofsky has played a large role in several of the most successful seasons in team history while working with the team’s defense and special teams. Under his guidance last season, South Carolina won the South Division, and surrendered just 162 goals against, the lowest total for a single season in club history. Additionally, the club finished top-five in the ECHL on the penalty kill (87.5%, 1st) and the power play (19.6%, 4th). Warsofsky was part of the 2014-15 club that recorded an ECHL-record 23-game win-streak and advanced to the Kelly Cup Finals. Under Warsofsky’s watch, the club’s penalty kill finished first in the league in both 2014-15 and 2015-16.

A former defenseman, Warsofsky skated one professional season split between the Central Hockey League’s (CHL) Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees and the Turnhout White Caps in the Netherlands combining for 19 points (seven goals, 12 assists) in 23 games. In college, he divided four seasons between Sacred Heart University and Curry College adding 47 points (13 goals, 34 assists) in 71 games.

His younger brother, David, is currently under contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Steve Bergin- Assistant Coach and Manager of Hockey Operations

Steve Bergin.jpgThe Stingrays named Steve Bergin Assistant Coach and Manager of Hockey Operations on August 17, 2016. Bergin spent the last five seasons with the Pensacola Ice Flyers of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL). The former defender just finished his playing career, and moves behind the bench with the Stingrays after leading the Ice Flyers to three SPHL titles in the last 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 games. 

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 a product of Lawrence Academy and the Boston Jr. Bruins and is a native of Groton, Massachusetts. 

Rick Covard- Head Athletic Trainer

Rick.jpgRick Covard enters his third season as Head Athletic Trainer for the Stingrays after assisting the staff for parts of the last three campaigns. A native of Rochester, New York, Covard has over 15 years of experience in sports medicine including six 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

Cameron Parker web.jpgCameron Parker joins the Stingrays after spending the 2015-16 season with the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League (AHL), where he served as Assistant Equipment Manager. Prior to advancing to professional hockey, Parker worked as the 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. Parker, a 2012 graduate of Southern New Hampshire University, also served as the Equipment Manager for the men's hockey team at Southern New Hampshire from 2009-2012. 

A native of Nashua, New Hampshire, Parker now resides in Ladson. 

Matthew Blair Davis- Strength and Conditioning Coach

Davis Headshot.jpgMatthew Blair Davis has been working in Strength & Conditioning and fitness training since 1998. He has specialized in off-ice strength training since 2006 at multiple ice rinks in the Washington DC area, and enters his first season with the Stingrays.

Davis has BS and MS degrees from Florida State University, and has been a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA since 2004. He's USA Weightlifting Certified as a Sport Performance Coach, as well as a Certified Performance Enhancement Specialist and Corrective Exercise Specialist through NASM. 

He is a Certified Kinesio Taping Practitioner through the KTAI, rated a Master-Level Fitness Trainer through the IDEA Health & Fitness Association, and is a survivor of the dreaded Russian Kettlebell Challenge instructor training program. A former Fitness Director of the Year award-winner, Davis has been a training mentor to over one hundred top strength coaches and trainers around the USA. 

Davis brings years of training experience and knowledge of modern Strength & Conditioning methods to the Stingrays organization. He is the owner of the Functional Revolution Off-Ice Studio, located upstairs inside the Carolina Ice Palace. Davis has been married to Amanda since 2007, and they have one daughter, Kendall.