Between 1988 and 2002, Rob played over 500 games in the NHL with Minnesota, San Jose, Philadelphia, Toronto, Nashville and Washington.  During his last stop in Washington, he played three seasons with Adam Oates, during which time Rob and Adam developed a strong friendship and a respect for each other’s hockey knowledge.  


Immediately following his retirement as a player in 2002, Rob was offered an assistant coaching position with the San Jose Sharks.   He served as assistant coach for the Sharks under Ron Wilson for six years and then followed Wilson to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2008, where he served as assistant coach for another 4 years.  In July of 2012, Rob was hired by the Tampa Bay Lightning to be an assistant coach for its American League affiliate, the Syracuse Crunch.  Rob became head coach of the Crunch with eleven games remaining in the regular season and proceeded to lead the team to the Eastern Conference Championship and its first appearance in a Calder Cup final.  In three plus seasons behind the Syracuse bench, Rob posted a 108-90-41 record.  His final coaching stop was back in San Jose where he served as an assistant coach in San Jose under Pete Deboer between 2017 and 2019.


Over the course of his almost twenty years as a coach in the NHL and AHL, Rob has coached and helped to develop some of the NHL’s best players and top defensemen.  During that time, he developed a reputation as a coach who brings knowledge of the game, excellent communication skills and an ability to break down game footage to give players the skills and knowledge they need to succeed.  He brings that experience and those attributes to Oates Sports Group.  Along with working with NHL players,  he will work closely with Adam to guide the development of our junior and college players.