Toronto native Rick Emmett brings over 20 years of playing and coaching experience at the elite amateur and professional levels to the University of Georgia club hockey team. Following his playing career, Emmett returned to the hockey world stepping behind the Gladiators’ bench as an assistant coach to start the 2011-12 season. After two years under former Gwinnett head coaches Jeff Pyle and John Wroblewski, Emmett was promoted to the head job to begin the 2013-14 campaign and spent 89 games over the course of two seasons with the Gladiators.
Eric Linkowski, native of Fairfield, Connecticut, has over 30 years of experience in ice hockey, including a seven-year coaching stint with John Jay High School in Brewster, New York. During that time he earned Coach of the Year honors twice and won the league championship. Prior to coaching, Linkowski had a professional playing career that spanned over seven seasons from the CHL to ECHL levels, including stints with the Macon Whoopee and South Carolina Stingrays, two teams familiar to many hockey fans in the state of Georgia. He tallied over 60 points in 169 games during his professional career.
John Camp, a native of Aston, PA, brings over 35 years’ experience as a head coach, assistant coach, and instructor/mentor to the Ice Dawgs. John has been associated with organizations at the High School, Middle School and Club levels in Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois and Minnesota.
Beneke returned to the Ice Dawgs in 2003 and is now in his 20th season with the Ice Dogs. In addition to his booming voice on the bench and practice ice, “Bene” brings a variety of experience to the team. Beneke played Junior semi-pro hockey in the Midwest, and then attended the University of Massachusetts. Steve began his coaching with the Jr. Capitals in Washington, D.C. in 1990-93. Steve then moved west to work for the Anaheim Mighty Ducks NHL franchise for three seasons before moving to Georgia. Although Steve’s hockey playing experience lies between the pipes as a goaltender, he assists with all facets of the game and boasts a 5-2-2 record as the head skipper behind the bench. For many years Steve has been an emotional leader with a big heart on the Dogs coaching staff, on and off the ice.