Coaching

Tom Winkler — NA3HL GM/Head Coach

Tom Winkler is the General Manager and Head Coach for the NA3HL organization. Winkler previously spent four seasons at the helm of the Gillette Wild. In his time with the AWHL/NA3HL Wild he led them to a league record of 114-67-10, and the Frontier Division club participated in the post-season in each season. Along with the on-ice success, his tenure with the Wild also included multiple placement of his players in the NAHL, NCAA Division 3, and prominent ACHA programs. Under his direction the Wild raised over $120,000 for local organizations in Campbell County and the club was the AWHL Organization of the year in its inaugural season in 2011-2012. Prior to his arrival in Gillette, Winkler coached the Hampton Roads Whalers, St. Louis Junior Blues, and the Bozeman IceDogs of the NAHL. He won two National Championships with the Jr. Blues, a league championship with the Whalers, and league and playoff titles with the IceDogs. He has also held an intern coaching position with the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League. Tom lives in Decatur with his wife, Jen, and their daughter and son.

Tim Flynn — U18 Head Coach, NA3HL Assistant Coach

Tim Flynn joins the Point Mallard Ducks as an assistant coach for the 2016-17 season. He will also serve as the head coach for the Ducks’ U-18 team.  Flynn has spent 5-years coaching at the college and professional level, most recently as video coach for the AHL’s Iowa Wild. He got his start working as an assistant coach and director of hockey operations for the University of Alabama-Huntsville Chargers.  Additionally, Flynn played for the Tennessee IceVols in the ACHA, worked at USA Hockey Select camps in Rochester, N.Y., and has been an instructor for Total Package Hockey. A native of Westwood, Mass., Flynn earned his MBA from UAH. He and his wife Kaki reside in Harvest with their son.

Ralph Drensek — U18 Assistant Coach

Ralph is from Sterling Heights, Michigan and played youth hockey in metro Detroit.  He won a USA Hockey Junior A National Championship playing for Compuware in 1985.  Following high school he moved on to the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) and played hockey a full 4 years on scholarship.  At UAH he earned a degree in Electrical Engineering and is an engineer at Redstone Arsenal.  Currently Ralph is the volunteer president of the North Alabama Hockey Association (8+ years).  He has been married to Angela for over 25 years; they reside in Madison, Alabama with their son.