Front Office

Head Coach/General Manager

 

 

Greg Sears

Greg is entering his third season (2020-21) as Head Coach/General Manager of the Great Falls Americans.

A Webster, Wisconsin native, Sears brings over 11 years of coaching experience to the Americans program. Sears served last season as the Head Coach for the Florida Eels Elite in the USPHL. During the 2016-17 season Sears was an Assistant Coach for the Yellowstone Quake.  The Quake went 40-4-3 and won both the Frontier division regular season and playoff title.

Prior to the season with the Quake, Sears served as the Head Coach for the Atlanta Fire U18 AAA hockey program, and Assistant Hockey Director in Alpharetta, Georgia. Coach Sears spent the 2013-14 season as an Assistant Coach for the Coulee Region Chill of the North American Hockey League (NAHL).

Along with experience in the NAHL and NA3HL, Sears has spent eight years as a Head Prep hockey coach in Wisconsin, spending four years at both Webster High School, and La Crosse Central High School. In addition Coach Sears has worked with Top Dog Hockey program out of Minneapolis, Minnesota for 12 years.

Contact Greg: gsears@gfamericans.com


Associate Coach

Matthew Maniglia

Matt Maniglia is entering his first season (2020-21) as Associate Coach of the Great Falls Americans. During the 2020-21 season, he was the Goaltenders Coach for Great Falls.

The Brooklyn, New York native played high school hockey at St. Edmund Preparatory High School and was on the Greater New York Stars 16U AA and 18U teams for two seasons (2014-16) playing in 18 contests.

Matt also spent two years with the United States Premier Hockey League’s (USPHL) Florida Eels from 2016-18 playing in six games. He spent a year each with the Jersey Shore Whalers and the New York Aviatiors, both of the USPHL from 2018-20 before joining the Great Falls Americans of the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) in the 2019-20 season making an appearance in three contests (1-1-0-0 record).

An injury sidelined him for the 2020-21 season and he was named the Goaltenders Coach for the Americans helping the likes of Trever Mellen and Ben Winkler become better in the net.

Contact Matt: mmaniglia30@gmail.com 


Goaltenders Coach

Trever Mellen

Trever Mellen is entering his first season (2021-22) as Goaltenders Coach of the Great Falls Americans.

The native of North Branch, Minnesota played two years (2019-21) with the Americans as one of their goaltenders on their roster. In two seasons with the team, he played in 52 games and finished with an overall record of 34-11-0-1 (including playoffs where he went 3-2-0-0) and was selected to play for Team Bauer on the 2021 Top Prospects Tournament where he played in two games and was credited with one victory. Mellen had a save percentage of 0.936 and 1,776 saves in 1,912 attempts.

Prior to his arrival in Great Falls, Montana, he played three years with the North Branch (MN) High School hockey team

Here are his awards with the GF Americans:

Stars of the Week: 2019-2020 and 2020-21 Seasons (Weeks Ending)
Star of the Week Oct. 19, 2020
2nd Star Oct. 8, 2019 Dec. 6, 2020
Honorable Mention Dec. 17, 2019 Feb. 9, 2020 Feb. 16, 2020 Mar. 1, 2020 Oct. 11, 2020
  Oct. 25, 2020 Dec. 13, 2020 Dec. 21, 2020 Feb. 14, 2021 Feb. 28, 2021

 

Stars of the Month (Goaltender of the Month): 2019-2020 and 2020-21 Seasons 
Honorable Mention Feb. 2020 Oct. 2020 Mar. 2021

 

League Awards:  2020-21 Season 
2020-21 Goaltender of the Year (Frontier Division)
2020-21 All-Frontier Division Team
2020-21 All-NA3HL Third Team

Public Relations/Media Coordinator

 

Kevin Scott

Kevin Scott is entering his 7th season (2020-21) as Public Relations Coordinator of the Great Falls Americans for the 2019-20 season. Kevin is in charge of the distribution of information regarding the hockey team. His duties include writing game summaries after home and away games, creating press releases for news announcements regarding the Americans and updating the website with current information.

In January 2014, he created a FREE weekly Great Falls Americans E-Newletter for fans during the hockey season. He also assists the news media with information and keeps them informed on news and events.  He previously worked for the team in 2012 as a Parking Attendant.

Kevin grew up in Sand Coulee, MT (just east of Great Falls) and attended Centerville High School where he graduated in 1997. After high school, he attended the University of Montana-Western located in the small town of Dillon, MT, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business and Communications in 2002.

He is currently working at Easter Seals-Goodwill in Great Falls and is a Confero Sports Foundation board member.

Previously, Kevin was the Sports Information Director at the University of Great Falls and he was also the Marketing Coordinator for the University of Great Falls Athletic Association Lancer Booster Club.

In his spare time, Kevin enjoys attending a variety of sporting events including hockey, football, basketball and baseball.

Kevin and his wife, Alta live in Great Falls and have one daughter, Lily born in June 2015.

Contact Kevin: kevymt@live.com