Coach Sinkewich was born and raised in Westlake, Ohio. Russ played for the Cleveland Barons 1985 team, moving onto the Junior Hockey level, playing in the Eastern and Central Junior Hockey Leagues and the USHL before playing Division 1 hockey at Bowling Green. Retiring in 2015, Coach Sinkewich played six seasons of professional hockey, tallying nearly 350 professional games played between the AHL and the ECHL. Coach Sinkewich has spent the past season as the Head Coach with the U16 Barons Midget Minor team. Russ is the owner of the Ohio Hockey Project and is also a scout for the Youngstown Phantoms of the United States Hockey League (USHL).