Team & Executive Staff

PAUL PECHMANN
GENERAL MANAGER AND HEAD COACH

Coach Pechmann is married to his wife Renee, an oncology nurse, and has four children, Noelle, Paul, Ciera, and Zachary, and one granddaughter, McKenna. Coach Paul played hockey at South Kent Prep School and then for the NCAA UConn Huskies in college. He has been coaching all levels of hockey for over 17 years and has helped numerous players reach their goal of playing college hockey in NCAA and ACHA. Coach Paul is also an NCDC and NAHL scout for several teams. Coach Paul brings a wealth of coaching and life experience with him to the Riverkings Hockey Club where he will lead the charge to continue the winning legacy of the Riverkings, but more importantly, the legacy of helping develop young men in preparation for college and life. Coach Paul has a huge network of coaches that he assembled throughout his years in youth, junior and college hockey that he will leverage to help incoming Riverkings hockey players working to earn a roster spot on a college hockey team. Coach Paul has deep experience in developing hockey players and assisting them in reaching the next level.  Coach Paul is also the co-founder of Elite Junior Profiles, a platform dedicated to helping student-athletes and college coaches connect and find the right match. 

Perry Wilson
Goaltending/Assistant Coach

Coach Perry Wilson

Coach Perry is the former goaltending coach for the Windsor Spitfires of the OHL, as well as the Windsor Lancers Men’s hockey program. Perry has worked with Hockey Canada as goaltending coach for Canada’s National Women’s Program since 2009-10, helping them to a Gold Medal at the 2012 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 Women’s World Championship, and was also on staff for the Senior Women’s World Championship that same year. Additionally, Perry has been part of Hockey Canada’s U22 Development team’s Gold Medal wins at the 2013 Meco Cup in Fussen, Germany, 2011 MLP Cup in Kreuzlingen, Switzerland, and at the 2010 MLP Cup in Ravensburg, Germany, along with numerous National team development and evaluation camps. Perry was the goaltending coach for the 2010 Sutherland Cup winning Lasalle Vipers, and has been consulting with goalies of all ages and ability levels for decades.

ZACK HARTLEY
ASSISTANT COACH

Zack is a native of Angola, Indiana where he started playing hockey at the age of three and continued until he was 15. At the age 15, Zack played for the Meijer AAA program in East Lansing, Michigan. During his sophomore year, he led Carroll High School to the Indiana state finals. After his sophomore year of high school, he signed to play with the Riverkings and went on to play college hockey at Ohio University. Due to injuries, he was forced to step away from his playing career. He began his coaching career with his hometown junior hockey team the same year.

 Zack is excited to work with the great Riverking staff as we continue our mission of Building Hockey Up and Down The River. 

Rich Brande
Scout & College advisor

Richard is a seasoned education professional having spent over 20 years in the school and education industries. As a long-time Director of Admissions and international consultant, Richard has deep knowledge of the US education system and vast experience with families from all over the world. He has overseen several schools’ enrollment and revenue growth strategies and is a proven leader in developing student markets for independent schools. Richard has also worked in the education business, leading the US-based operations group for a large multi-national student placement and consulting organizations. As a former prep school, college, and pro hockey player, Rich Brande knows precisely what is needed to take a student athlete’s career and education a step further. As a player at the University of Connecticut (UCONN), Rich was known for his smooth skating, hockey sense, and hard-hitting style. Ultimately, he worked his way from youth hockey in New Jersey all the way to semi-professional hockey. After a short stint of professional games, Brande moved on to the coaching side of things. Coach Brande was blessed to have coached both men’s and women’s hockey during his tenure as a hockey coach including coaching roles in New England Prep South Kent Selects Academy, NCAA Division 1 and Division 3 women’s hockey. Along his journey, Coach Brande has coached some of the highest levels of the game of hockey. Not only did he start a women’s hockey program at the National Sports Academy in Lake Placid, New York, but he was also the assistant coach of the Women’s ice hockey team at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). After coaching at UNH, coach Brande went back to South Kent Preparatory School where he served as the Director of Admissions and was the first General Manager and assistant head coach of the South Kent Selects Hockey Academy. During his tenure at South Kent, Coach Brande also served as the International Athletic Advisor helping foreign student-athletes and parents navigate their way through the prep school system admissions process and help to advise those student-athletes through the college recruiting process.

JOHN EGGE
STRENGTH COACH, TEAM TRAINER, AND TEAM CHAPLAIN

Dr. John Egge is a Wisconsin Rapids native. He played hockey for Lincoln High School (Mr. Hockey his SR year), Junior-A (NAHL) in Texas and went on to play and graduate from St. Olaf College with a degree in biology. John is currently employed at Wisconsin River Orthopedics as a Sports Specialist in Physical Therapy. He serves as the Riverkings Strength Coach, Team Trainer, and Team Chaplain through Hockey Ministries International.

WISCONSIN RAPIDS RIVERKINGS executive STAFF

JOHN SCHWARZ

Owner/Scout
Chief Executive Officer

Lane Houk

Owner/Scout
Chief Marketing Officer

John McNeish

IT, Sponsorships and Recruiting

Linda Fuehrer

Director of Administration

Joanne Keyser

Head of Merchandise

Chris Kornblum

Scout, Ontario, CA

Jim Arnold

Rink Manager

Jen Lukaszewski

Marketing Director

Patty Cooney

Volunteer Coordinator

REBEKAH FORCIER

Team Photographer

LEXI FUEHRER

Online Scoring

Tony Grapsas

In Rink Announcer

CHRIS SEEFELT

Game Day Ticket Sales

Candy Blakeslee

Scorekeeper

Erik Mlodzik and Mark Lochner

Online Announcers

Matt Fillmore

Webmaster and Video

Merle Cooney

50/50 Tickets

Nick Nigh

Medical Trainer

Chris Weir

Penalty Box

THE RIVERKINGS PEP BAND

Game Day Music and Entertainment

TOM LOUKS

Director for RCCA Media

Larry Nawrot

Penalty Box

ART NAPGEZEK

Cameraman for RCCA Media

TROY BUEHRING

Goal Judge

BILL NEIMAN

Team Photographer

ANN FELKER

Education Coordinator for Lincoln High School

RON KINGMAN

Transportation at Lamers Bus

Debrah Eberhardy

Team Acupuncturist

Russ Blakeslee

Security

William Ackey, D.D.S.

Team Dentist

Lisa Black

Fog Machine/Security

Thomas Smedberg, M.D.

Team Doctor

CHUCK-A-PUCK SALES

Maddie Wood

Michael A. Cook, DC

Team Chiropractor

SECURITY

Del Worlund, Chase, Jason Ward

DAN CLARK
"DR. FEEL GOOD"

Team Mobility Specialist

Gone but never forgotten
Paul Kennedy

March 25, 1969 – October 2, 2021

Paul Kennedy was able to make an impact wherever he went. His outgoing personality was infectious. Paul did everything with conviction and made it seem effortless. He called the Riverkings games online for the families and friends of the players that could not be at the rink. His voice, his enthusiasm, and his sense of humor will be missed by all. Rest well, and cheer loud our friend! 

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