Hockey Operations

General Manager & Head Coach - Simon Watson

Simon Watson enters his first full season as RoadRunners Head Coach and General Manager.

Watson played professionally in the Central Hockey League (CHL) for the Lubbock Cotton Kings, Rocky Mountain Rage, and finally the Missouri Mavericks (earned CHL Man of the Year in 2011). 

He played his Junior Hockey for the Waterloo Siskins of the MWJHL and NCAA Division 1 collegiate hockey at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York from 2001-2006.

On August 5, 2011, Watson retired as a player and became the Mavericks' Assistant Director of Hockey Operations.  On May 9, 2013, he was named to the coaching staff of the KC Mavs Elite Midget AAA team.

Watson has continued to work with the Kansas City Mavericks in various capacities, including Associate Coach, Director of Player Personnel, and Color Analyst for Mavericks TV Games. 

Watson earned his Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Masters of Educational Leadership from St. Lawrence in 2006. Simon is registered as a level 5 Coach with USA hockey.

Simon and his wife Megan live in Riverside, MO with their two sons Hudson and Sawyer.

Email: swatson@topekaroadrunners.com

Associate Coach - Justin DeMartino

Justin DeMartino will be in his second season with the RoadRunners. In 2017-2018, Justin was assistant coach and then in November became the interim head coach for the remainder of the season.

Prior to arriving in Topeka, Justin started his coaching career as a volunteer assistant for his alma matter Ferris State University. As a volunteer, he primarily did video and individual skill  sessions/workouts with players and goaltenders.

While playing for the Bulldogs from 2010-2014, DeMartino was a part of the 2012 team that finished Runner Up at the Frozen Four and the 2014 team that won the WCHA tournament and lost to North Dakota in the Elite 8. Justin graduated in 2014 with a degree in Sports Communications.

Justin resides in Lawrence, KS with his girlfriend Gabrielle.

Email: jdemartino@topekaroadrunners.com