On June 5, 2014, Pat Mikesch was named head coach/GM of the Green Bay Gamblers. He is the seventh head coach/GM in the history of the franchise.
For the past three seasons, Mikesch served as the team’s Associate Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel . In his first year on staff, he helped lead the Gamblers to both the Anderson and Clark Cups, never losing consecutive games throughout the regular season or playoffs. The 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). The team also made history at the annual NHL Draft as Jordan Schmaltz became the second Gambler, joining Blake Wheeler (Phoenix Coytoes/2004) to be drafted in the first round (St. Louis Blues 25th overall).
Prior to the Gamblers, Mikesch spent six seasons as an assistant coach at his alma mater, Michigan Tech University of the 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. He 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.
Chupp joins the Gamblers after serving as the assistant coach at Utica College last season where his duties included scouting, recruiting, practice/game preparation and day-to-day operations in the office.
As a player, Chupp spent time in the American Hockey League with the Texas Stars (affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars). With the Stars, the Big Rapids, MI native played in 67 games tallying five goals and ten assists. Chupp finished in the AHL with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (affiliate of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins) where he played in 15 games and had five points.
He wrapped up his professional career in the East Coast Hockey League where he played 63 games over the course of two seasons for the Wheeling Nailers. In his first season with the Nailers, he finished sixth on the team with 34 points (17 goals, 17 assists).
At Ferris State, Chupp was one of only two players in school history to receive the distinction of being named a two-year captain and was on the Hobey Baker Watch List in 2007-08, as one of the top players in the country. He was named the program’s rookie of the year in the 2006-07 season and received the team’s Lloyd Earl Award as the Bulldog’s leading scorer (2007-08). In 144 games at Ferris State he totaled 95 points (35 goals, 60 assists).
Hofmann will enter his first season as the Director of Scouting for the Gamblers after spending last season as the Manager of Player Development for the USHL.
Hofmann has roots in the USHL as he played for the Dubuque Fighting Saints during the 1999-2000 season before embarking on his collegiate career. He also spent three seasons in the League as assistant coach with the Tri-City Storm. In addition to his coaching duties, he was the team’s Director of Recruiting helping recruit and develop a number of Storm players.
The Minnesota native played college hockey at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota (2000-04) and was an all-conference selection during his senior year at the Division III school. He began his coaching career at St. Mary’s upon graduation and spent four more years with the program before joining the coaching staff at the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota in 2008. Hofmann helped the program compile a 20-7-5 record in conference play over two seasons (2008-10).
Carl Lackey enters his 11th 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.