Head Coach Bios

Coach Paul DePuydt

Director of Hockey Operations and 15O Head Coach

Coach DePuydt started with the organization in 2012 and is currently the 15O Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations for the RoughRiders. He has coached at the High School, AAA, Junior A, and NCAA levels throughout his coaching career in Michigan, Minnesota, and Colorado. He grew up playing hockey in Michigan and played NCAA hockey at Northern Michigan University. He currently resides in Denver.

Coach Greg Vanover

Director of Programs and 14U Head Coach

Greg Vanover began coaching full-time in 2000 with the Alliance Youth Hockey Association in Dallas, Texas. He is now entering his 23rd year as a full-time hockey coach. The past seven years have been with the Rocky Mountain RoughRiders as a Player Development and Program Director and Head Coach. Greg also helps oversee the Billeting program and all spring and summer programs. 

From 2004 to 2012, Greg was selected by USA Hockey to be a Coach/Evaluator at the Rocky Mountain District Player Development Camps. He has also been a Coach/Evaluator for the USA Hockey 14U and 15U National Select Festivals from 2008 to 2012.

In addition to his coaching accomplishments on the ice, Coach Vanover has a Master in Education Degree in Exercise Physiology. With this, Greg has worked with the Dallas Stars Rookie Camp of the NHL where he helped Strength and Conditioning Coach JJ McQueen with the off-ice program. Greg has his Masters Level 5 Coaching Certification and has also been a presenter for the USA Hockey Coaching Education Program where he presented Year Round Off Ice Conditioning for Hockey for Level 4 coaches. 

2008 Greg and his wife Allison moved to Colorado to coach the 18U team for the Pikes Peak Miners Program. He led that team to a #12 National Ranking, Colorado State Championship, and Rocky Mountain District Runners Up. In his eight years with the Miners 18U team, Greg has moved over 60 players to the USHL, NAHL, and other various Junior hockey leagues. Greg has an excellent reputation amongst the Junior hockey community as a player development coach, an advocate for his players, and for preparing those players to be successful at the Junior level. In addition to those responsibilities, Greg was a Senior Consultant to the Tri-City Storm of the USHL.

Greg is passionate about player development, character, and accountability on and off the ice. He works diligently with Junior programs and colleges on his player's behalf and continues his role as coach and mentor far beyond the season for their continued success and benefit.

Greg, Allison, and their son Noah live in Erie, Colorado with their Australian Shepherds, Bronco and Barrel.

Coach Doug Smail

Director of Coach & Player Development and 18U Head Coach

Coach Smail spent 16 years as a player in professional hockey including 13 NHL seasons, and 3 years in European leagues.  

Doug Smail played Junior hockey with the Moose Jaw Canucks in the SJHL.  Following his Junior hockey career, Mr. Smail chose the University of North Dakota where he played for 3 seasons.  He left in 1980 after winning a National Championship. After winning the NCAA Division I Championship Mr. Smail received numerous National Hockey League contract offers and signed with the Winnipeg Jets of the NHL.  While in the NHL he spent 10 years with the Winnipeg Jets (now Phoenix), one year with the Minnesota North Stars (now Dallas), one year with the Quebec Nordiques (now Colorado), and one year with the Ottawa Senators.  After the NHL, Mr. Smail went to Europe where he played 3 seasons in two different countries. Throughout his hockey career, Doug Smail was involved in Hockey Schools concerning on-ice instruction,skill development, game system drill development as well as hockey organization and youth hockey program development. Mr. Smail has taught at hockey schools in several countries for 25 years and has been coaching youth hockey for the past 18 years and at the AAA level for the past 13 seasons

The Coaching style of Mr. Smail has been established and influenced by NHL coaches and International Hockey Developers from around the world including Canada, the US, Scandinavian, and Eastern European coaching staffs. Mr. Smail resides in Genesee Co., is married to his wife Wanda and they have a daughter Ashley (husband Shane O’Keefe) and daughter Stacey (husband Greg Wamboldt) and proud grandparents of Kaiden, Kolton, Kieran, Ace, Tinley, and Magnolia).

Coach Steve Quailer

16U Head Coach

Steve Quailer, a Colorado native grew up in Colorado where he played for the Colorado Outlaws AAA program. Steve then proceeded to play for the Sioux City Musketeers in the USHL for 1 season where he tied for the lead in points, was awarded Rookie Of The Year for the Musketeers, made the USHL All-Star Game, and was placed on the USHL All-Rookie Team. After his USHL season, he was drafted 86th overall in the third round by the Montreal Canadiens. Steve played 3 years NCAA D-1 for the Northeastern Huskies out of Boston where he was voted Rookie Of The Year for the Huskies, made the Hockey East All-Rookie Team, served 3 years as one of the Huskies Captains, and voted MVP for the Huskies after his final season. Following NCAA Steve signed a two-way contract with the Montreal Canadiens where he would play in the American Hockey League for Montreal's affiliate in Hamilton, Ontario, and the Las Angeles Kings affiliate in Manchester, New Hampshire. Steve's final season was in the ECHL for the Idaho Steelheads where injuries took Steve out of the game. 

Once Steve retired from his playing career he got into coaching with the Metro State Roadrunners in the ACHA where he had 2 National Tournament appearances, 4 District Tournament appearances, 2 BMHC Regular Season Championships, 2 BMHC Play-Off Championships, and was awarded Coach Of The Year in 2018-2019 for the BMHC. Following coaching in the ACHA, Steve started with the Rocky Mountain RoughRiders. During his first year, he assistant coached with the 16U team, proceeded to be the Head Coach of the 15O teams in 21-22, and then the 22-23 16U team where they won the CAHA State playoffs. Steve is still currently the 16U Head Coach for the Rocky Mountain RoughRiders and helps with Athletic Development for Summit Academy Sports and loves what he does!

Coach Tim Murphy

13O Head Coach

Tim grew up playing hockey in Newark, Delaware, before jumping to AAA and prep school hockey in the greater Philadelphia area. Tim wound up playing a split season for Team Comcast in Pennsauken, New Jersey, while splitting time with the Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, before deciding to focus solely on his time with Team Comcast.

After 2 seasons with Comcast in the Tier 1 Elite Hockey League, Tim made the jump to Junior A hockey where he would play 5 seasons in 6 different leagues, competing in over 150 games at the Junior A level and captaining 2 teams, before playing at Umass Boston in the New England Hockey Conference.

Tim played 2 seasons at Umass Boston before transferring to CU Boulder where he played for one season.  Tim was an assistant coach with the 15o and 16u AAA teams last season and runs private lessons in his free time.

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