Front Office Operations Staff
President, Head Coach and General Manager
Mark Carlson has been the RoughRiders' Head Coach and General Manager since the team arrived in Cedar Rapids. The RoughRiders won the Clark Cup in 2004-05 and the Anderson Cup in 2004-05, 2010-11 and 2015-16. Carlson was also named the USHL Coach of the Year in 2004-05, 2010-11 and 2015-16. Carlson also earned his 500th USHL victory in 2014-15.
Carlson has had the honor of serving as head coach for Team USA during the 2008 and 2009 World Junior A Challenge. Both years, Team USA won the Gold Medal. In 2009, Carlson was also recognized as the United States Olympic Committee Development Coach of the Year.
Over (300) players who have skated for Carlson have received Division I scholarships, (32) have been selected in the National Hockey League Draft, (35) have signed NHL contracts, over (100) have played in the minor leagues and (15) have made their NHL debuts.
In 2012, Mark expanded his resposibilities within the RoughRider Hockey Club to become President of the USHL Cedar Rapids RoughRiders while retaining his role as the only Head Coach and General Manager in the history of the RoughRider franchise.
Carlson also oversees the coordination of coaching activities within the RoughRider Hockey Club as it has added affiliate relationships with the Cedar Rapids Youth Hockey Association, Cedar Rapids High School RoughRiders, Rocky Mountain AAA RoughRiders of the East Coast Elite League, the Connecticut Oilers of the Eastern Hockey League and the Topeka RoadRunners of the North American Hockey League.
A native of Lawrenceville, New Jersey, Carlson graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell with a B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing. While at Lowell, Carlson skated as a forward with the River Hawks. His on-ice talent was recognized even before he arrived in Lowell when he was selected in the 1987 National Hockey League draft by the Pittsburgh Penguins.
After graduating from UML, Carlson spent one season as an assistant coach at Lawrenceville School before returning to Lowell to serve as an assistant to head coach Bruce Crowder. After helping the River Hawks to a berth in the 1996 NCAA tournament, Carlson spent another three seasons beside Crowder as an assistant at Northeastern University in Boston, where he also acted as recruiting coordinator. He earned a master's degree in education from N.U.
Carlson and his wife Tammy currently live in Ely with sons Dustin and Brayton.
In 2005, Mark Meyer began his career with the RoughRiders in sales and marketing.
Previously, Mark worked as a media consultant for the Corridor Business Journal.
Currently, Mark is responsible for all sales and marketing and operational activities of the USHL RoughRiders. In 2009, Mark was a key contributor to the organization during the implementation of RiderVision, which enhanced the ingame production and fan experience at RoughRider games in The Stable.
During the 2010-11 season, the RoughRiders were recognized as the USHL Organization of the Year for it's combination of on-ice and off-ice excellence.
Meyer, who grew up in Cedar Rapids, attended St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minnesota. In his spare time he serves as a board member for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cedar Rapids. Meyer currently resides in Cedar Rapids with his wife Beth and children Emory and Stella.
Corporate Sales Executive & Media Relations
Jason is heading into his 3rd season in his role as Corporate Sales Executive for the RoughRiders, starting in June of 2014. Previously he worked in the Auto Advertising industry for Mudd Advertising in Cedar Falls, IA. He is responsible for establishing and maintaining new and existing Corporate Partnerships as well group outings, season tickets and assists with in-game promotions. Additionally he acts as the Media contact for the team. He is also responsible for all Youth Hockey Tournaments held in Cedar Rapids, including Tier 1 tournaments held by their affiliate Rocky Mountain RoughRiders organization and Cedar Rapids Hockey Association. Shaner, his wife Tammy and sons Jordan and Brendan reside in Springville, while his daughter, Deriane lives in Newton, IA.
Director of Ticket Operations & Kids Club Director
Josh is in his 3rd year with the Riders and is the Director of Ticket Operations. He is responsible for creating and maintaining new and existing accounts as well group outings, season tickets, corporate partnerships and assisting with in-game promotions.
Group Outing Specialist & Game Night Operations
Ariel is entering her first year with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. Ariel started her hockey career during the 2010-2011 season with the Waterloo Black Hawks where she interned for three seasons. After graduating from the University of Northern Iowa in May of 2013 earning her Bachelor's Degree in Criminology, Ariel accepted a full time position with the Black Hawks as their Game Night Coordinator for three seasons, where she also handled season tickets, group sales, and community events.. Here with the RoughRiders, she will be responsible for game nights, community events, group sales, and all administrative duties. Ariel currently resides in Cedar Rapids with her boyfriend Jordan and their two dogs, Oakley and Nala
Email Ariel at firstname.lastname@example.org
Janelle is the RoughRiders' Housing Coordinator. She is responsible for seeking living accommodations that meet both the players' needs and match the profile of a family in the local Cedar Rapids area. She will act as a liaison with Washington & Linn Mar High Schools for the RoughRider student players. The RoughRiders housing program is committed to a mutually beneficial experience for both the athlete and the host family. Athletes range in age from 16-20 years old and come from all over North America and other countries to become part of one of the finest junior hockey programs in the country.The USHL experience begins in the home of the housing families.
In addition to her housing responsibilities, Banowetz works part-time for Banowetz Consulting, where she is the Office Manager. Janelle and her husband Doug have two sons. Bryan who is currently attending Luther College and Nick at home. The Banowetz family have been housing RoughRiders since the 2009 season.
Housing Family Requirements
- Desire to support the Roughrider's Program
- Live within a reasonable distance to The Stable
- Demonstrate well-balanced, family-oriented lifestyle
- Provide physically comfortable and mentally supportive and nurturing environment for our hockey players.
Housing Family Benefits
- A monthly housing stipend to help offset costs
- Two free season tickets and two additional tickets for household members at 50% off
- Merchandise discount
- A great opportunity to build a life-long relationship and help a young person realize their dreams
If you are interested in possibly housing a RoughRider, please contact Janelle Banowetz at 319-533-5345 or by e-mail at email@example.com .
Rick Boots - Team Photographer
Throughout the years Rick has enjoyed several aspects of photography with emphasis on Portraiture
and Photojournalism. After retirement from the Fire Department, he photographed events
for Yellowbook magazines and for several nonprofit organizations.
He is a member of the Professional Photographers of Iowa, New York Institute of Photography
and Linn Area Photo Club.
To view and or purchase (prints/downloads) RoughRiders game photos go to www.rickbootsphotography.com.
Rick hopes to see you at The Stable.