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Rick Emmett

Head Coach

Former Gladiators defenseman Rick Emmett was named the third head coach in Gwinnett history on August 7th, 2013. In his rookie season as a head coach, Emmett led the Gladiators to a record of 29-38-3-2. Prior to last season, he had served as an Assistant Coach for the organization, helping them clinch back-to-back South Division titles with an 84-46-9-5 overall record during that stretch.

The Ontario native played three seasons on the blue line with Gwinnett from 2003-2006. He earned 67 points (24 goals, 43 assists) in 149 career regular season games, and was also a part of Gwinnett’s 2006 American Conference Championship team.

In total, Emmett’s professional playing career spanned 11 seasons with 11 different teams. He played in 587 regular season games as a pro, and racked up 99 goals, 277 assists (376 points), 480 penalty minutes, and was a plus-108 overall. His longest stint was with the Quad City Mallards from 1996-2001, where he helped the team capture the Colonial League Championship in 1997 and the United Hockey League Championship in 1998.

In addition to coaching in Gwinnett post-retirement, Emmett was also the head coach of the former Atlanta Junior Thrashers, now 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.

Among the many ways that Brandt has given back to the community, he has taken leadership of the Gladiators’ “Movember” charity efforts to raise awareness for prostate cancer research, he regularly participates in events at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and he is the youth hockey director at the Cooler Skating Center in Alpharetta. The ECHL recognized Brandt for his work in the community with the 2013 Community Service Award.

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.