Pat Mikesch enters his fifth season as Head Coach/General Manager of the Green Bay Gamblers. He is the seventh head coach/GM in the history of the franchise.
Mikesch trails only Mark Osiecki in wins, compiling a 119-96-25 record over four seasons with the Gamblers. Mikesch has eclipsed the 30-win mark in three of his four seasons, guiding the Gamblers to the Clark Cup Playoffs in 2016 and 2018. NHL Draft Picks coached by Mikesch include first round picks Jordan Schmaltz (St. Louis Blues/2012), Nick Schmaltz (Chicago Blackhawks/2014) and Casey Mittlestadt (Buffalo Sabres/2017). Overall, 25 players selected in the NHL Entry Draft, have adorned the Gamblers jersey during Mikesch’s coaching career in Green Bay. In the summer of 2018 Mikesch was selected as an assistant coach for the United States World Junior Summer Camp in Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. Camp is the initial stage of picking the U20 United States team that will participate in the World Junior Championships this December and January in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Prior to being named head coach, Mikesch served as a volunteer assistant under Eric Rud towards the end of the 2010-11 season, and three years as the Associate Head Coach/Director of Player Personnel under Derek Lalonde (2011-14). In 2011-12, Mikesch guided the Gamblers to the Anderson and Clark Cups. Team’s regular season mark of 47-9-4 set a USHL Tier 1 record for wins in a season, fewest loses, points in a season (98), and road victories in a season (25). Team included current NHL players Alex Broadhurst (Columbus Blue Jackets), Dakota Mermis (Arizona Coyotes) Jordan Schmaltz (St. Louis Blues) and Andy Welinski (Anaheim Ducks).
Prior to his time in Green Bay, Mikesch spent six seasons as an assistant coach at his Alma mater, Michigan Tech University (Western Collegiate Hockey Association). On the international level, Mikesch has led the United States U-17 team to three straight gold medals at the Five Nations Cup (2011, 2012 & 2013). In Mikesch’s three years behind the bench at the Five Nations Cup, the U.S. team is a perfect 15-0-0
Mikesch was a four-year member (1992-96) of Michigan Tech’s hockey team. The Hancock, Michigan native helped the Huskies to three WCHA Final Fives in four years. During his freshman campaign, Mikesch was named to the WCHA All-Rookie Team as well as Michigan Tech’s Freshman of the Year. Mikesch was a three time member of the WCHA ALL-Academic Team and served as the Huskies team captain for the 1995-96 season. Mikesch is one of the most decorated players to ever adorn the Huskies jersey, as he ranks seventh all-time in scoring with 169 points (57 goals and 112 assists). After his collegiate career, Mikesch played eight years of professional hockey in the AHL, IHL, ECHL and in Germany.
Mikesch is no stranger to the USHL spending a pair of seasons with the Des Moines Buccaneers (1990-92). Mikesch was a teammate of former Gamblers head coach Eric Rud on the 1992 Buccaneers team that captured the Clark Cup.
Pat and his wife Amiee currently reside in Green Bay, Wisconsin. They have two sons, Austin and Eliott and a daughter, Kallianne.
Ryan Petersen enters his second season as an assistant coach for the Green Bay Gamblers.
Petersen spent the previous season with Lawrence University (Appleton, WI) as associate head coach. Duties included scouting, recruiting, practice/game preparation and day-to-day operations. Petersen also spent time as an assistant coach with St. Norbert and the Madison Capitols.
Petersen played two seasons in the USHL serving as the Gamblers team captain during the 2004-2005 season. As a collegiate player, Petersen played four seasons at St. Norbert (DePere, WI) tallying 34 goals and 39 assists for the Green Knights. A two-year team captain, Petersen led the Green Knights to three NCHA regular season titles, two Peters Cups and the 2008 NCAA Division III title. Overall, St. Norbert was 96-18-9 during Petersen’s four years. The North St. Paul, Minnesota native was twice named to the NCHA All-Academic team.
Hietala enters his first season as the team’s assistant coach. Heitala will work directly with the forwards and head the team’s video department.
Hietala comes to the Gamblers after spending the previous year with the Madison Capitols. The Houghton, Michigan native assumed the role of assistant coach and Director of Scouting with the Capitols.
As a player, Hietala played three seasons with the Michigan Tech Huskies (2012-15). After graduation, Hietala played 96 professional games, splitting time between the ECHL and Southern Professional Hockey League. Hietala retired as a player in 2017.
Brian Sommariva enters his first season as the team’s Director of Scouting.
A native of Plymouth, Michigan, Sommariva worked for the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League from2006-2014, first serving as an assistant coach and then as assistant General Manager (2010-14). He then spent a year with the Toronto Maple Leafs as an amateur scout (2014-15). Sommariva will be based in lower Michigan.
As the Director of Scouting, Sommariva will oversee the entire Gamblers scouting staff.
Collin Bartelme enters his second season as the Gamblers Equipment Manager.
Bartelme spent last season as an assistant hockey coach for Ashwaubenon High School. His duties included running drills and conducting team building activities. He also worked as a sales associate at Center Ice Skate and Sport in Green Bay where he provided customer assistance in selecting and sizing equipment and sharpening skates.
Carl Lackey enters his 13th year as the Gamblers honorary coach.
Lackey played his collegiate hockey at Michigan State University under legendary coach Amo Bessone. The Sault Ste. Marie,Michigan native captained the Spartans in 1964. That same season, Lackey garnered First Team All American Honors. A draft choice of the Detroit Red Wings, Lackey played 10 years of professional, seven of which were spent with the Green Bay Bobcats. Lackey also represented the United Statesat the 1969 World Championships in Sweden and again in 1974 in Yugoslavia.
A member of the Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame, Lackey retired from professional hockey in 1974. After his playing career, Lackey remained in the Green Bay area serving as Guidance Counselor at Green Bay East, Preble and Southwest High Schools.
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