Joe Ferras has more than a decade of coaching experience, including seven with Rapid City. In the Rush’s first season in the ECHL, he guided the club to the Central Division Finals, where they fell to Allen in six games. In 2013-14, Ferras coached in his 700th regular season CHL game on March 11, 2014, becoming just the fourth person in league history to accomplish the feat.

In the 2009-10 regular season, Ferras guided the Rush to a personal and club-record 43 wins, earning the Northern Conference regular-season title. For his efforts, Ferras was named CHL Coach of the Year. In the postseason, Ferras guided the Rush through three rounds and an eventual Ray Miron Presidents’ Cup Championship, becoming the fourth team in league history to win the championship in only their second season.

After beginning his head coaching career with the Amarillo Rattlers during the 2001-02 season, Ferras helped to rebuild Amarillo professional hockey and make it one of the most successful small-market programs in the CHL. Ferras took over the newly named Amarillo Gorillas and in four consecutive years guided them to the playoffs. Ferras coached Amarillo in 38 playoff contests, including two trips to the CHL semifinals, before losing to the Laredo Bucks in each of those series. Ferras is the winningest coach in Amarillo history including four consecutive 30-win seasons, most home wins, and most road victories.

In 2003-04, Ferras was the recipient of the Rick Kozuback Award for perseverance and commitment to the game, sport and business of hockey.

Following the success Ferras enjoyed coaching in Amarillo, he signed with the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League in the summer of 2006 to be an Assistant Coach with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL.

After a season in the AHL, Ferras was hired to start the expansion Rapid City Rush as head coach/director of hockey operations. His all-time record with the Rush entering the 2015-16 season is 254-166-44, and his all-time record coaching is 415-298-67.

Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Ferras enjoyed an excellent playing career that was highlighted by four years at Plattsburgh State University in which he shattered virtually every scoring record including the top scorer in NCAA history that still stands today. Ferras was a two-time All-American and his number was retired by Plattsburgh in 2002.

In 1988, Ferras began his professional hockey career by signing a free-agent contract with the AHL’s Adirondack Red Wings. In his 13 years as a professional, Ferras played several years in the top leagues in Europe including Italy, England and Finland. Ferras also played two seasons in the ECHL with the Richmond Renegades and Winston-Salem Thunderbirds.

Off the ice, Ferras and his wife, Aynsley, reside in Rapid City, and his step-son, Taylor, is attending graduate school in Dallas.