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Head Coach Mike Leone returns for his 2nd season behind the Gamblers bench. In his first year, Leone led the Gamblers resurgence, as the team accomplished the following: Nine (9) more regular season wins than the previous year (2021-22), 20 more regular season points than the previous year (2021-22), Most points (71) since the 2016-2017 season, Most wins (32) since the 2016-2017 season, and First playoff home game since 2018.
Leone brings previous experience coaching at the junior, collegiate and professional levels as he was an assistant at NTDP U17 (2019-2022), Bowling Green State University (2018-19) as well as with the ECHL’s Quad City Mallards (2017-18). Additionally, Leone served as an assistant coach at the IIHF Under-18 Men’s World Championship.
The Dearborn, Michigan native skated three seasons at Western Michigan University before embarking on a four-year professional career that took him through the ECHL’s Kalamazoo Wings and Toledo Walleye, in addition to one season with Villard-de-Lans in France.
The Green Bay Gamblers have named Mason Baptista as the team’s new assistant coach. Baptista’s focus will be skill development and special teams.
Prior to being hired by the Gamblers, Baptista was an assistant coach in the ECHL with the Greenville Swamp Rabbits, an affiliate of the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings. The North York, Ontario Canada native joined the Swamp Rabbits ahead of the 2022-23 season after a stint as the Video and Skills Coach for the Chinese Women’s National Team which competed at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
As a player, Baptista played six seasons professionally in the ECHL and Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL). Throughout his ECHL career, Baptista appeared in 297 career games and posted 187 points (79g, 108a) between five different teams.
Collegiately, Baptista starred at local St. Norbert College, winning a pair of NCAA Division III national championships in 2012 and 2014 with the Green Knights. In his four years with the Green Knights, Baptista collected 104 points (29 goals & 75 assists) in 117 games. Baptista was a teammate of Gamblers Associate Head Coach Pat McCadden at St. Norbert.
The Green Bay Gamblers have promoted Pat McCadden to Associate Head Coach. McCadden was hired as an assistant coach on Mike Leone’s staff prior to the 2022-23 season.
Prior to his time with the Gamblers, McCadden spent five seasons with Lawrence University where he served as the associate head hockey coach.
McCadden played three seasons in the professional ranks between the SPHL and the ECHL. He finished his professional career with the Atlanta Gladiators of the ECHL. During his collegiate years he spent two seasons for the St. Norbert Green Knights where he was part of the 2014 National Championship team. Before St. Norbert, he spent two years playing for the Michigan Tech Huskies.
McCadden played three years of junior hockey. He won the Robertson Cup in 2008 with the St. Louis Bandits and then made the move with former Gambler’s coach Jon Cooper to Green Bay in 2008. Under Cooper, he served as team captain when the Gamblers won the Clark Cup in 2010.
Kirk Luedeke has more than 20 years of experience in professional and junior hockey as a scout, general manager and prospects analyst.
He spent six years in the United States Hockey League (USHL) as an assistant general manager and director of hockey operations for the Omaha Lancers (2017-21) and area scout with the Chicago Steel (2010-12). He was also a U.S. scout in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the Moncton Wildcats from 2016-17.
Additionally, Kirk was on area staff at the Red Line Report, an independent scouting service, from 2010-17. He was a draft and prospects analyst with the New England Hockey Journal from 2000-17. From 2011-13, he provided unique analysis and updates on Boston Bruins prospects for the team’s official website. Most recently, he returned to Seamans Media in the Boston area as managing editor of the New England Hockey Journal and New York Hockey Journal for the 2021-22 season.
Kirk is a graduate of the Citadel and Georgetown University. He is a retired U.S. Army armor officer with more than 20 years of active duty service. A native of Hudson, N.H., he has two daughters, Kalen (20), and Kendal (15).