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Hockey Operations Staff


The first former Lancer player to take over behind the bench, Head Coach and General Manager David Wilkie is in his second season with the Lancers. During the 2017-18 Season, Wilkie brought the Lancers to the Clark Cup Playoffs for the first time in 3 seasons and ended the year with a record of 39-16-2-3. 

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.


Nies arrives in Omaha after serving as the Assistant coach for the Amarillo Bulls of the North American hockey league. Prior to Amarillo, he served as the Video Coordinator and Director of Analytics for the Merrimack College men's ice hockey team (NCAA Div. I/Hockey East). There, he executed on all elements of video and analytics for the team.

Previous coaching stints for Nies included a year at Curry College (NCAA Div. III/ECAC Northeast) as well as Ohio University (ACHA Div. I) in 2014-15. Additionally, Nies held the role of volunteer assistant coach at the University of Southern Maine, his alma mater, during the 2013-14 academic year.

Nies graduated from Southern Maine, where he was a team captain his junior and senior season. Nies was also an ECAC All-Academic Team as a member of the men's ice hockey team in May of 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology; he also minored in Coaching and History. Nies earned his master's degree in Sports Sciences with a focus in Coaching Education from Ohio University in 2015.


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.

Jason Power - Assistant/Goalie Coach

Jason Power joins the Lancer staff as he enters his 20th year of coaching. Power most recently worked for the NAHL in the league's scouting department after serving as the Assistant Coach for the Springfield Jr Blues. Power has also served as Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations for the Southern Illinois Ice Hawks youth association since 2012. Jason has worked multiple USA Hockey National 15 and 17 festivals and has been involved with various Affiliate and District camps for player Development and Identification since 2010. Coach Power also works for the Romanian Federation where he serves as a coach on various national teams that compete in the IIHF. In 2016 he helped Romania win silver at 18u level and this year he will be on the bench for the u20 team at the IIHF Div 2A tournament held in Estonia. 

Jason will assist the Lancers in an Assistant Coaching capacity with a focus on Goaltending development and scouting.


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.


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 Hockey Operations

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 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 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.

Joe Pionk - Assistant Equipment Manager

Joe is in his first season in the USHL with the Lancers. A Hermantown Minnesota native Joe was previously at Hermantown High School (MSHSL) he worked as a student equipment manager for 2 years. With previous family ties to the team, Joe’s father Scott served as the Assistant Coach to the Lancers from 1992-1998. Joe is in route on becoming an Equipment Manager for a living and hopes to work at the professional level in the future. 

Joe comes from a family of five boys and no sisters. He now lives in Omaha with a host family for the duration of the season.