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Rick Emmett

Head Coach

Rick Emmett was named the third head coach in Gwinnett history on August 7, 2013, after having served as an Assistant Coach for the Gladiators for the previous two seasons, helping Gwinnett clinch back-to-back South Division titles with an 84-46-9-5 overall record (182 points) during that stretch.

Emmett is no stranger to the organization as he played three seasons with the Gladiators from 2003-2006 and helped Gwinnett capture the 2006 American Conference Championship. In 149 career games with the Gladiators, the defenseman earned 67 points (24 goals, 43 assists.) The Etobicoke, Ontario native played 11 professional seasons in the ECHL, IHL and the UHL. In five seasons with the Quad City Mallards of the United Hockey League from 1996-2001, Emmett helped the Mallards capture the Colonial Hockey League Championship in 1997 and the United Hockey League Championship in 1998. Since his retirement from playing professional hockey, Emmett has also served as the head coach of the former Atlanta Jr. Thrashers now the Atlanta Phoenix Squirt AA and Pee Wee Minor AA youth hockey teams based out of the Ice Forum in Duluth.

Andy Brandt

Assistant Coach

Former Gladiator forward and Team Captain Andy Brandt was named the third assistant coach in Gwinnett Gladiators history on September 5th, 2013. Brandt’s pro playing career spanned six seasons, with all but one coming in a Gwinnett uniform. In total, the Wausau, WI native compiled 224 points (90 goals, 134 assists) in 435 regular season games. As a Gladiator, Brandt played in a team-record 357 games, racking up 192 points (76 goals, 116 assists) while serving as an assistant captain from 2007-12, and team captain for the 2012-13 season.

The ECHL recognized Brandt for his work in the community this past season with its Community Service Award. In addition to spearheading the Gladiators yearly "Movember" campaign to help raise men’s cancer awareness, he also led an initiative to keep the team involved with Children’s Hospital of Atlanta by organizing player visits each month during the season. He will also continue to serve as the Director of Hockey at "The Cooler" in Alpharetta.

Roman Marakhovski

Assistant / Video Coach

Marakhovski, a Kharkov, Ukraine native, begins his second season as a member of the Gladiators coaching staff. This will mark his first year as the "Assistant / Video Coach" after spending last season as a "Hockey Operations Assistant" while also serving as the Associate Head Coach of the AAA U18 program under former NHL Coach Jay Leach. With over 10 years of professional hockey experience and over 475 professional games played across the US and Europe, Marakhovski skated for professional hockey teams in the former Soviet Union plus attended training camps and played in exhibition games with the Ukrainian National Team.

Over the course of his professional playing career, he had stops in France, Greensboro, Augusta, Louisiana, and Johnstown, before finishing his career in Gwinnett. Marakhovski graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree from Kharkov State Institute of Physical Education in Physical Education & Sports Management and currently resides in Atlanta.