Hockey Operations

Phil Esposito / Head Coach

The 2017/18 season is the first with the Marksmen for Phil Esposito, who comes to the Marksmen after spending time with the Watertown Wolves of the FHL.

Last season with the Wolves, Esposito finished with a 27-23-2-4 record and a berth in the Commissioner Cup playoffs. Prior to heading to Watertown, the 47-year-old was the bench boss for the Danbury franchise, and earned a trip to the FHL Commissioner Cup Finals during the 2015/16 season. In six seasons in Danbury, the native of East Haven, Connecticut led the franchise to a 161-106-29 record, which included four finals appearances and a Commissioner’s Cup Championship in 2013.

Prior to stepping behind the bench, Esposito enjoyed a successful professional career, spending most of his playing days in the ECHL, having suited up for six different teams. In total, he appeared in 66 ECHL contests, notching 11 goals and nine assists.

For player inquiries, please contact Esposito at:

Matthaeus Wanninger / Head Equipment Manager

The 2017-18 season is Matthaeus first with the Marksmen as the Head Equipment Manager.

A native of Mehlville, MO, Wanninger spent two seasons with the St. Louis

Frontenacs of the Minnesota Junior Hockey League, before joining the Decatur Blaze of the Midwest Junior Hockey League.

During the 2015/16 season, Wanninger joined the Florida Eels of the USP3HL for eight games, before heading to Charlotte to join the Rush for their inaugural season, playing for Director of Hockey Operations, Ryan Cruthers.

Last season, he interned as the Head Equipment Manager for the Rush and spent time learning from Donny White, the Head Equipment Manager of the Charlotte Checkers.

For equipment inquiries, please contact Matthaeus at:

Kyle Sherrill, LAT, ATC / Head Athletic Trainer

The 2017-18 season is Kyle Sherrills’ first with the Marksmen as the Head Athletic Trainer. He has been involved in minor league hockey in Fayetteville since 2007.

A native of Red Springs, NC, Kyle earned his Bachelors of Science in Athletic Training from Methodist University (Fayetteville, NC). He also minored in Physical Education as well as Strength and Conditioning. He has been a BOC certified Athletic Trainer since 2008.

He was a member of the medical staff for the Fayetteville FireAntz, SPHL championship season (2006-07), and the FireAntz Regular Season Championship (2012). He was also a member of medical staff for the Fayetteville Guard, NIFL Championship season (2007) and the Cape Fear Heroes AIF Championship Season (2012), SIF Championship Season (2017).

Along with his passion of working with professional athletes, Kyle also enjoys providing athletic training services youth athletes in the Cape Fear region. Kyle has been a member of the NATA since 2005 and enjoys using his knowledge to educate the community in sports medicine.