Ryan Mougenel enters his first season as head coach of the Providence Bruins after spending the previous three seasons as an assistant coach for the team. Prior to joining the P-Bruins in 2018-19, he spent four seasons as an assistant coach with San Jose’s AHL affiliates. He began working under head coach Roy Sommer in 2014 with the Worcester Sharks and kept his role as when the franchise relocated to San Jose as the Barracuda. Mougenel’s teams made the playoffs each of those seasons highlighted by a Pacific Division Championship and run to the Conference Finals in 2017. His first taste of AHL coaching experience came in 2013-14 as an assistant coach with Hershey.
The native of Scarborough, Ontario got his coaching start in the ECHL with the Fresno Falcons from 2005-2009. Working as the assistant coach, his team made the postseason in each of his first three seasons. He then moved on to become the head coach of the ECHL’s Las Vegas Wranglers from 2009-13. The Wranglers qualified for the postseason with Mougenel at the helm in each of his four seasons, highlighted by a run to the Finals in 2011-12. He was a head coach in the 2011 ECHL All Star game and was promoted to General Manager of Las Vegas during his final ECHL season.
Prior to coaching, Mougenel played parts of six pro seasons between the AHL and ECHL. His lone season of AHL action came with Rochester in 1999-00, suiting up in 20 games for the Amerks registering a goal. He spent five years in the ECHL from 1997-03 with Atlantic City, Chesapeake, Hampton Roads and Jackson scoring 105 points (46g-59a) and 271 penalty minutes over 180 games. He was part of Atlantic City’s 2003 Kelly Cup Championship team, scoring a goal and eight assists over 17 playoff games.