Interim Tag Lifted, Ragno Named Head Coach

by Jared Tennant

The Mentor Ice Breakers are pleased to announce that Sebastian Ragno has been named full-time head coach. Ragno served as the club's interim coach for six games before the remainder of the 2019-20 Federal Prospects Hockey League season was cancelled.

"After his interim period, I have the utmost confidence that we have the right man for the job," said Ice Breakers Director of Hockey Operations and General Manager Nick Russo.

In the final game of the season on March 8, Ragno led the Ice Breakers to a 6-5 win over the Delaware Thunder to snap a 16-game losing streak. Along with Russo, he played a key role in revamping the roster mid-season as the club looked to make its first-ever playoff appearance.

“I’m looking forward to returning to Mentor,” Ragno said. “I think we had a great thing going before the season got cut short, and I’m looking to carry a lot of that momentum into next year. I know a lot of guys are itching to get back, and with some key additions this summer we are going to be a strong contender.”

Ragno, 23, hails from Johnstown, Pennsylvania and joined the Ice Breakers organization as an assistant coach in 2018. He is a graduate of Kent State University, where he played collegiately at the ACHA level. Ragno is the Vice President of ETM Goaltending and is a Development Leader with USA Hockey. Additionally, he has served as an assistant coach with St. Edward's High School, Culver Academies, Team Ohio and the Esmark Stars and works as a goaltending scout for Neutral Zone LLC.

The Ice Breakers finished their second season in a playoff position with a record of 15-30-0-3, good for 48 points and fourth place in the Eastern Division. The club will look to make its postseason debut next year with Ragno behind the bench.