The 2022-2023 season is Cory Melkert’s third with the Marksmen and second as the Head Coach / Director of Hockey Operations.

Melkert, a native of Kenmore, Ont., was a standout defenseman with the Trenton Golden Hawks of the OJHL and parlayed a 38-point season in 2010-2011 into a spot on the SUNY-Fredonia (NCAA D-III) team the next season.

Known as a leader, Melkert would skate in 90 NCAA D-III games with the Blue Devils and was named team captain his senior season.

After his time at SUNY-Fredonia, Melkert would play a season in Germany with HC Timmendorfer Strand before returning to the United States and making his SPHL debut. He would log 46 points in 152 SPHL games in his four-year career.

Acquired by the Marksmen for the final 26 games of the 2018-2019 season, Melkert would hang up the skates and join then-head-coach Jesse Kallechy behind the bench for a 2019-2020 season that saw the Marksmen finish tied for first place in the league before the COVID-19 pandemic shut the sport down.

Named the head coach upon Kallechy’s departure, Melkert led the Marksmen to a 41-win season in his first year, setting the franchise record for most wins and most standings points in a single season and earning a nomination for SPHL Coach of the Year.

Melkert and his wife Paxton married in June 2022 and live in Fayetteville.

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The 2020-2021 season is Ryan ‘Sandbox’ Sanford’s second as the Marksmen Equipment Manager.

Sanford came to the Marksmen after serving two seasons as the Head Equipment Manager of the Charlotte Rush (USPHL-Premier), where he previously spent his Junior playing career. Sanford won a Championship with the team in 2017, while serving as the Assistant Equipment Manager.


The 2020-2021 season is Kyle Sherrill’s fourth 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.