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.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, Ryan has been playing hockey since he was two years old. He attended Robert Morris University where he was a goaltender for the NCAA and ACHA Division I teams. As a senior, he helped the Colonials win their conference championship and earn a trip to Nationals. In addition to his playing career, Ryan has worked with the Pittsburgh Penguins in various capacities, most recently as the head instructor for the Mite Development League at the new UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. Ryan joins us from his recent time in Evansville, IN where he served as the Hockey Director for the Evansville Youth Hockey Association and the Director of Hockey Operations and Assistant Coach for the Evansville Thunderbolts.
Mike Guzzo —U18 Head Coach
Mike is a native of Michigan but is a long time resident of Madison, Alabama and has many years experience coaching and administrating youth hockey. Mike coached the Huntsville U16 team to the Nationals in 2013 and won a Silver Stick in 2012 with the Huntsville U18. Mike ran and directed the Huntsville Hockey Development Center from 2011-2014 and was active in the running of USA Hockey Clinics in the Huntsville area. His playing experience includes two season’s with the Penticton Vees in the British Columbia Hockey League including a championship season. Mike was drafted by the Plymouth Whalers of the O.H.L as well as by the Chicago Steel of the USHL and he has played professionally in Europe and for the Huntsville Havoc. Mike joins us from the Kingsville Kings Junior Hockey Club where he served as Head Coach.
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.