Russ Sinkewich

Project Founder & Head Coach

Born and raised in Westlake, Ohio, Russ Sinkewich, has worked his entire career as proud ambassador of both the sport as well as Cleveland Hockey. Sinkewich played Division I Hockey and graduated from Bowling Green State University in the winter of 2008 with a Bachelor Degree in Sport Management and a minor in Business Entrepreneurship. Russ brings nearly 17 years of player development, and skill coaching to the table and boasts an impressive playing resume that he is able to draw from.

Russ attended St. Edward High School where in 2002, he helped St. Edward win the school’s eighth State Championship. In his junior hockey career, Russ made stops with the Portland Pirates in the Eastern Junior Hockey League, Cornwall Colts in the Central Junior Hockey League, and the Lincoln Stars in the United States Hockey League.

Retired in 2015, Sinkewich played six seasons of professional hockey. Tallying nearly 350 professional games played, Russ has made East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) stops in Johnstown, Alaska, Toledo and Idaho. While in Alaska, Russ helped his team win both the Brabham Cup, awarded to the regular season champion as well as the Kelly Cup, the league playoff champion, setting a league regular and playoff single season record. Russ has also spent considerable time in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Milwaukee Admirals, Abbotsford Heat, Bridgeport Soundtigers, Portland Pirates, and most recently the Lake Erie Monsters and Texas Stars.

Now retired, Russ is devoted to operating the Project full-time, as Cleveland’s preeminent skill development leader. Russ’s primary duties revolve around the development model for all Training Camps, Development Leagues, individual & small group instruction, as well as team consulting! During the Fall and Winter months Russ also coaches the U-16 Cleveland Barons T1EHL team, scouts and provides skill development assistance for the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL, as well as sits on the Board of Directors for the Cleveland Suburban Hockey League.

Russ Sinkewich