Russell comes to Elmira by way of Providence College, where he served as an assistant coach. He was an assistant at Cornell University prior to that and played professionally with the AHL Binghamton Whalers.
Russell told the Elmira Star-Gazette that he learned of the job through Sabres scout Toby O-Brien. Two interviews then landed him the job.
"The last three weeks has been 24/7, full-blast go time. I like the process we've made, especially starting from scratch," he said. "We won't have a lot of guys returning from last year's team. We're making strides."
The Jackals are entering their first season as an affiliate of the Sabres. They remain independently owned. They're coming off a 24-40-3-5 season that saw them miss the playoffs and resulted in the firing of coach Dwight Mullins. The Sabres made the move to have all their minor-league operations in New York state.
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