Hockey Operations

Cory Melkert, Head Coach / Director of Hockey Operations

The 2020-2021 season is Cory Melkert’s second with the Marksmen and first as the Head Coach / Director of Hockey Operations, after a four-year professional hockey playing career.

Melkert came to the Marksmen halfway through the 2018-2019 season, and immediately bolstered the team’s defensive-core. In his professional hockey career between the SPHL and Germany3, Melkert played in over 170 games.

This is the first team coached for the 28-year-old native of Kenmore, Ontario.

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Jason Binkley, Assistant Coach

Jason Binkley enters his first year as the assistant coac

h of the Fayetteville Marksmen.

A native of Powell, Ohio, Binkley played his college hockey at Ferris State. He finished a prolific NCAA career with 156 games played (the sixth most in Ferris State history) and 68 points. He played in the NCAA championship game in 2012.


As a pro, Binkley played a long career in the ECHL, bouncing from team-to-team before settling for four seasons with the Fort Wayne Komets. His best pro season was in 2016-17 where he logged 44 points in 67 games. In 2019-20, Binkley logged an AHL assist with the Cleveland Monsters in a four-game call-up.


Ryan Sanford, Equipment Manager

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.


Kyle Sherrill, Head Athletic Trainer

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.