Scott Fankhouser assumes the position of Head Coach and General Manager of the Evansville Thunderbolts with a wealth of professional playing experience as goaltender and a coaching track record emphasizing consistent development and promotion of players to higher levels of hockey. After playing prep school, Juniors and Division I college hockey, Scott played 410 games in ten years professionally at all top North American professional level and overseas. Drafted from Loomis Chafee by the St. Louis Blues, he played with the Atlanta Thrashers in the NHL, the Louisville Panthers, Chicago Wolves and Hershey Bears in the AHL, the Orlando Solar Bears in the IHL, the Greenville Grrrowl, Reading Royals, Arkansas Riverblades and Toledo Storm in the ECHL and the Bloomington PrairieThunder in the IHL.
Overseas, he played in Germany’s second league, Austria’s first league and England’s first league. Scott has since coached in the IHL with the Bloomington Prairie Thunder, ECHL with the Cincinnati Cyclones, Tier III Juniors with the Atlanta Junior Knights and USA 14U AAA with the Tri-State Spartans. He boasts a successful track record of developing players to their full potential and moving them to higher levels of Junior hockey as well as to NCAA D1/D3 and ACHA college programs. He also brings a winning track record, taking his EJHL South team on to win the USA Hockey Tier III Junior A National Championship (2012) in his first year with the Atlanta Junior Knights.
Scott is relocating to Evansville with his wife Lexie and 2 sons, Isaac and Gabe.