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.
Sommariva joins the Gamblers as the Director of Scouting. Since 2006, Sommariva has been a part of the Plymouth Whalers (OHL) coaching staff serving as an assistant coach from 2006-2010 and the Assistant General Manager from 2010-2014. With the Whalers, the Plymouth, MI native helped recruit and develop NHL draft prospects including Tom Wilson, who was selected in the first round (16th overall) by the Washington Capitals in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Along with his experience in the Ontario Hockey League, Sommariva also served as an assistant coach at Notre Dame Prep School and was the Michigan State University Club Team President.
Sommariva graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy.
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.