Hockey Operations

Joe Coombs - Head Coach/General Manager

Head Coach Joe Coombs

Joe Coombs was named the Head Coach and General Manager of the Aston Rebels in June 2015. The Brantford, Ontario native comes to Aston from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas where he coached the Killer Bees of the NAHL for the past two seasons, making the playoffs both years. He has coaching experience in the United States Hockey League (USHL), the Central States Hockey League (CSHL), which is now the NA3HL, and the Central Hockey League (CHL).

Prior to coaching the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees, Coombs served as the Associate Head Coach for the USHL’s Dubuque Fighting Saints for three seasons. During his time there, the Fighting Saints won an Anderson Cup and were the USHL Clark Cup Champions in 2010-11 and again in 2012-13, signifying the national playoff champion of the USHL.

Prior to the Fighting Saints, Coombs had a successful tenure as the Head Coach of the Dubuque Thunderbirds of the CSHL, a USA Hockey Tier III Junior team. He led the Thunderbirds to three Hurster Cup Championships in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Before becoming a coach, Coombs played professionally from 1996-2001 in the IHL, ECHL, CHL and WPHL. From 1992-1996, he played in the Ontario Hockey League, one of the three major junior leagues that constitute the Canadian Hockey League – first for the Kitchener Rangers and then for the Belleville Bulls.

Coombs and his wife Shannon have three children, Regan, Rylan and Ritter.

Josh Brown - Assistant Coach

Josh BrownJosh Brown is in his third season as an Assistant Coach with the Rebels. He was an assistant coach with the team during its last season as the Killer Bees in Rio Grande Valley, TX and the first year (2015-16) the team was in Aston. Brown oversaw the defensive unit and power play. He helped guide the Bees to a playoff berth and the Rebels to their first NAHL East Division championship.

Brown also spent two seasons as the head coach of Arizona State University’s Division I ACHA team.

Prior to joining the Killer Bees, Josh spent two seasons (2012-14) with USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program as intern assistant coach, working with both the U.S. National Under-18 Team (95-birth year) and U.S. National Under-17 Team (97-birth year).

While with the Under-18 Team, Brown served on the staff that claimed silver at the 2013 IIHF Under-18 World Championship in Sochi, Russia. Moreover, in international action, Brown helped oversee the first-place U.S. team at the 2012 Four Nations Tournament in Ann Arbor, MI. The Under-18 Team completed the season with an 11-6-4 record against NCAA Division I & III schools, the best winning percentage versus college opponents in the history of the NTDP.

The following season, Brown worked with the Under-17 Team that went undefeated in international play. Team USA claimed the top prize in the 2013 Four Nations Tournament in Slovakia, the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in Nova Scotia and the 2014 Five Nations Tournament in Sweden.

Brown came to the NTDP from Robert Morris University, where he served as volunteer assistant coach and hockey operations coordinator with the men’s NCAA Division I ice hockey program.

Prior to his time with the Colonials, Brown spent four years (2007-11) as an assistant coach at Northern Arizona University while also serving as head of recruiting.

A former player and two-year captain at Northern Arizona, Brown helped the program to three American College Hockey Association national tournament appearances (2006-09). He earned ACHA Division III All-West honors in 2006-07.

A native of Dexter, Mich., Brown graduated from Northern Arizona in 2008 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration.