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Steve  Chapman

President/General Manager

Chapman brings ten years of professional hockey team management experience to the Gwinnett membership as well as valuable experience as a part of two ECHL expansion teams.

From 1995 2001, Chapman served as General Manager of the Mobile Mysticks. During his tenure the Mysticks averaged 33 wins per season and reached the Kelly Cup Playoffs in five of six seasons. During this time, the team also drew an average attendance of 4,396 fans per season.

From 1992 1995, Chapman served as the Assistant General Manager of the Birmingham Bulls of the East Coast Hockey League. The team reached the Riley Cup Playoffs in two of the three seasons and averaged over 5,600 fans per game.

Chapman, his wife Cindy, daughter Alexis and son Connor reside in Gwinnett County.

Bill Davidson

CEO

Davidson, CEO of National Sports Services (NSS), has been involved in professional sports since 1982. NSS provides management, venue and franchise development, brokering and training services to the professional sports industry.

The firm has provided services to more than three dozen minor league baseball and hockey teams over the past 20 years. A speciality of the firm is the development and implementation of business plans for both start-up organizations and turnaround situations and venue development.

From 1997-2000, Davidson was President of the Bakersfield (CA) Condors. From 1998 - 2000, he was vice-president of the Topeka (KS) ScareCrows. Davidson was a co-founder and owner of the Wichita Falls (TX) Rustlers in 2002.

Bill, his wife, Susan, son Turner and daughters Lindsay and Brittney reside in Chatanooga, TN.

Matt Perry

Vice-President

Perry, President of National Sports Services (NSS), has been involved in the sports industry since 1983.

Perry, and the principles of NSS, have an extensive history in minor league sports having worked with more than three dozen teams in top level management (President, Vice-President or General Manager), in an ownership capacity or provided consulting services.

Hockey clients of NSS include: Anchorage (AK) Aces, Bakersfield (CA) Condors, Colorado (Ft. Collins) Eagles, Fresno (CA) Falcons, Idaho (Boise) Steelheads, Las Vegas (NV) Wranglers, Missouri (St. Louis) River Otters, Ottawa (Ontario) 67s, Quad City (Davenport, IA) Mallards, Rockford (IL) Ice Hogs, Texas (Frisco) Tornado and Wichita Falls (TX) Rustlers.

Matt, his wife Kelly, and their sons Cory, Spencer and Brett reside in Topeka, KS.

Jeff Pyle

Head Coach/Director of Hockey Operations

Jeff Pyle is in his third season as head coach and director of hockey operations for Gwinnett. The Gladiators have won 40 games and advanced to the Kelly Cup Playoffs in each of their first two seasons, including their inaugural season in 2003-04 when they were 42-22-8 and reached the conference finals before losing to Kelly Cup Champion Idaho. Pyle is 219-159-50 in six years as an ECHL head coach, having been head coach and director of hockey operations for Mobile of the ECHL from 1998-2002 when the team voluntarily suspended operations in preparation for its move to Gwinnett. Pyle had a 137-113-34 record in Mobile, advancing to the Kelly Cup Playoffs three times in four seasons, including 2001 when the Mysticks lost in double overtime to Kelly Cup Champion South Carolina in the Southern Conference Semifinals. Before joining Mobile, Pyle was an assistant coach for Grand Rapids of the International Hockey League in 1997-98 following six seasons coaching in Germany. He began his coaching career in 1985-86 when he was a player/assistant coach with Saginaw of the IHL. Pyle played 13 professional seasons in North America and Germany beginning in 1981-82 with Binghamton of the American Hockey League. Pyle played five seasons in the IHL, two with Flint and three with Saginaw, and in his 10-year career he scored 1,313 points (490g-823a) in 795 games. He was named as a league all-star eight times and league Most Valuable Player three times. Pyle was named team MVP nine times and helped his teams win four league titles. Pyle and his wife, Cathy, have a son, Ryan, and a daughter, Lauren.

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