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Hockey Operations Staff

DAVID WILKIE- HEAD COACH & GENERAL MANAGER

The first former Lancer player to take over behind the bench, Head Coach and General Manager David Wilkie is in his first season with the Lancers. Wilkie joins the Lancers after leading the Omaha AAA Hockey Club as the Director of Hockey Operations, U18 Head Coach and U16 Head Coach.  In seven seasons at Omaha AAA, he compiled an overall record of 570-192-32 as the program became a national powerhouse under his leadership.  In the last seven seasons, 92 players have advanced to the Junior A Tier 1 or Tier 2 ranks, 44 players received NCAA Division 1 commitments, and four players were selected in the NHL Draft.  Wilkie’s teams won a total of 34 major championships in 12 years of coaching in Omaha including four Central District championships, ten Midwest District championships and medaled six times at the USA Hockey National tournament.

During the 2007-08 season Wilkie served as an Assistant Coach for the University of Nebraska-Omaha. The bench boss was also the second youngest Head Coach in ECHL history, when he was tabbed to lead the Augusta Lynx in November of 2002.

Before stepping behind the bench Wilkie spent eight seasons playing professional hockey. A first-round pick of the Montreal Canadiens (20th Overall) in the 1992 NHL Draft, Wilkie played 167 games in the NHL with the Canadiens, Tampa Bay Lightning, and New York Rangers. During his career the defenseman was named an AHL All-Star, and two-time IHL All-Star.

Wilkie has resided in Omaha for the last 12 years. He and his wife, Carrie Anne, have seven children.

Gregg Naumenko - Associate Coach & Assistant GM

Gregg is in his first season with the Lancers. He spent 3 seasons in the USHL as a goaltender for the North Iowa Huskies.  Following his junior career, the USHL All-Star goaltender took his game to University of Alaska Anchorage in the WCHA where he was the 1998-99 WCHA Rookie of the year, First Team All WCHA, All-Rookie Team and a 4 time WCHA player of the week as well as team MVP and runner-up for Student-Athlete of the year at UAA.

Upon completion of his freshman season, the free agent goaltender signed with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks and began his pro career in Cincinnati, where he was an AHL All-Star as a rookie. A member of the 2002 USA World Championship team, Gregg credits the wide array of coaches he’s had along the way for shaping him as a coach now.

Gregg previously served as VP/Director of Hockey Operations for the Chicago Young Americans as well as Midget U16/U18 Head Coach and Goalie coach. Naumenko has worked with USA hockey at National Select Camps, District evaluations and is currently the Goalie Development Coordinator for the State of Illinois.  

Gregg is married (Jackie) and has a ten year old son Lincoln. 

JARED NIGHTINGALE - ASSISTANT COACH

Jared is in his first season with the Lancers. A veteran of over 700 professional games, Nightingale was a captain or assistant captain in eight of his twelve professional seasons. The defenseman finished his professional career having appeared in 493 American Hockey League games, and another 231 at the ECHL level. 

A native of Cheboygan, Michigan, Nightingale attended Michigan State University after concluding his junior hockey career. During his time at MSU Jared was the alternate captain for three seasons, made the NCAA tournament twice and won a CCHA playoff title in 2006.

BILL NERVIG, ATC - HEAD ATHLETIC TRAINER & EQUIPMENT MANAGER

Bill Nervig is in his 19th season with the Omaha Lancers. In addition to his roles as Head Athletic Trainer and Equipment Manager for the Lancers, Bill is also involved with game-night productions, including LancerVision.

A native of Omaha, Bill has professional experience in previous years as the Head Athletic Trainer for the Omaha Beef indoor football team, Central High School and Benson High School in Omaha.

Bill earned a bachelor's degree in education from Northwest Missouri State.  He and his wife Nichole reside in Omaha with daughter Alex and sons William, Sawyer, and Keaton.

DR. JACK STARK - PERFORMANCE PSYCHOLOGIST

The founder and Director of Performance Enhancement Group, Dr. Jack Stark joined the Lancers in 2013-14 for his first season as Performance Psychologist.

Throughout his career, Dr. Stark has provided psychological and performance enhancement training to elite athletes at the collegiate, professional and Olympic levels. During his tenure as Team Psychologist for the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers football program from 1989 to 2004, the Huskers won 88% of their games, captured three national championships and maintained the highest winning percentage in college football in the 1990's.

A former faculty member of Nebraska Medical Center's Departments of Psychiatry and Pediatrics as a tenured professor of medical psychology, Dr. Stark is currently in his 11th season as Team Psychologist for NASCAR's premier Hendrick Motorsports Team, the winners of each of the past five NASCAR Sprint Cup championships, and maintains a practice as a licensed clinical psychologist.

GIBBIE DUVAL - STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH/NUTRITIONIST

The owner and Director of Athletic Performance at Omaha's Xplosive Edge Sports Performance, Gibbie Duval began with the Lancers in 2013-14 for his first season as Strength & Conditioning Coach and Nutritionist.

A native of Omaha, Duval is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is certified as a Level 1 Sports Performance Coach by the United States of America Weightlifting Association. Duval additionally serves as the PFT Program Director for Vatterott College in Omaha and is recognized by the Tudor Bompa Institute as a "Strength & Conditioning Expert".  Duval is also certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine as a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and Fitness and Nutrition Specialist (FNS). 

During his tenure with "The Xplosive Edge", Duval has trained Olympic Gold Medalists, Stanley Cup Champions and Super Bowl Champions and currently resides in Omaha.

KIRK LUEDEKE - DIRECTOR OF PLAYER PERSONNEL

The native of Hudson, N.H. is an experienced amateur hockey talent evaluator. He most recently was a U.S. regional scout for the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL from 2016-17. He served as Northeast and Mid-Atlantic region scout for the USHL's Chicago Steel from 2010-12.

He has been a scout and contributing editor for the Red Line Report, an independent scouting service, for the past seven seasons.

Kirk spent more than 17 years with the New England Hockey Journal as that publication's NHL draft and prospects analyst. He also served as a prospects consultant for BostonBruins.com from 2011-16 while he was an active member of the Boston Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association. 

He is a U.S. Army veteran with more than 20 years of active duty service, and currently resides in Northwestern Missouri.

CHRIS HEPP-ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF PLAYER PERSONNEL

Chris Hepp is in his second year on the Omaha Lancers Hockey Operations Staff.  Hepp served last year as a scout and is stepping into a new position as Associate Director of Player Personnel this season.  

Hepp played for the Lancers from 2004 – 2008 serving as the captain for three of those seasons.  He recorded 50 points (9 goals and 41 assists) during his tenure with the Lancers.  The team accumulated two Anderson Cups and one Clark Cup National Championship during that time.  

After the Lancers, Hepp spent three seasons with St. Cloud State University before finishing his career with the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL.

Hepp currently works for United Parcel Service in Cambridge, Minnesota where he resides with his wife, Kara, and their three children.

Dakota Eveland - Director of Player Development

Dakota is a native of Southern California where he played his youth Hockey and eventually played AAA for the LA Selects and won a National Championship (Bantam Major).  Following his AAA Hockey, he went on to play in the USHL for the Omaha Lancers where he was part of a team who won the Clark Cup, Anderson Cup, Fall Classic (Buc Bowl) and the QMJHL/USHL Series Cup.  Dakota went on to play for the Colorado College Tigers for a year and a half until finding an abnormal defect in his C1 and C2 vertebrae that forced him to stop playing. 

Honoring his scholarship, Colorado College allowed Dakota to stay on the coaching staff as a Student Assistant coach where he did video analysis and video broadcasting for the team. After finishing his degree in History at CC, Dakota moved back home to coach youth Hockey in Southern California. His first season was with the L.A. Jr. Kings Bantam Major team and is now in his third season of coaching with the Anaheim Jr. Ice Dogs.

As the Director of Player Development, Dakota will oversee players on the Lancers roster, and affiliated with the organization, helping monitor and assist in overall development both on and off the ice.

Casey Kudler - Video Coordinator/Assistant Coach

A native of Clearwater, FL Casey joins the Lancers after working with the Omaha AAA Hockey Club from 2013-17. Prior to moving to Omaha, the Florida State graduate helped the Atlanta Junior Knights of the EJHL and EmJHL to a USA Hockey Tier 3 National Championship during the 2011-12 season as Video Coordinator/Assistant Coach.

Casey spent the 2010-11 season with the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League, as a Hockey Operation intern.

In addition to coaching, Casey served as a scout for Kamloops Blazers (WHL) last season, Vancouver Giants (WHL) from 2015-16 and ISS Hockey from 2013-15.

Casey currently resides in Omaha.