Full Staff

Jean-Guy Trudel

Head Coach

Jean-Guy Trudel became the 19th head coach in Peoria Rivermen franchise history on May 25, 2013 and served as the team’s first head coach in its Southern Professional Hockey League era. He also became the third former player to return as head coach and will enter his fourth year as a professional head coach for the 2016-17 season.   In three years with the Rivermen, Trudel has amassed an...
Brendan Kelly

Vice President of Business Development

Brendan Kelly enters his first season with the Rivermen and will serve as Vice President of Business Development. The Buffalo, NY native joins the Rivermen after fifteen years of experience in Minor League Baseball. With the Rivermen, Kelly will be responsible for building and growing new and existing marketing partnerships with the business community in Peoria. In addition, Brendan will play...
Katie Pogeman

Assistant General Manager - Tickets

Katie Pogeman is in her tenth season with the Rivermen and was named Assistant General Manager - Tickets for the team’s inaugural season in the Southern Professional Hockey League.   The 32-year-old native of Lafayette, Indiana has spent parts of her past nine seasons as the Director of Client Services as well as an Account Executive for the team. She currently oversees the ticket department...
Andrew Cohen

Director of Business Development

Andrew Cohen enters his first season as a full time member of the Rivermen front office staff after being named DIrector of Business Development in August of 2016. He served as the Rivermen equipment manager for the team's first threee seasons in the SPHL, being named Director of Operations in June 2014, taking on an expanded role with the Hockey Operations department until his move to the...
Michelle Novak

Athletic Trainer

Michelle Novak is employed by Midwest Orthopaedic Center and was hired by the Rivermen to be the team’s athletic trainer prior to the 2013-14 season. She became the first female trainer in Peoria's 33-year history as a professional franchise and is responsible for making sure each player is healthy and ready to skate each game. Novak also works closely with an affiliated team of doctors to...
Matt Schwegmann

Equipment Manager

Schwegmann, 25, enters his first season as Peoria's full-time equipment manager after spending the past three seasons working under previous equipment guru Andrew Cohen. Schwegmann got his start in professional hockey by volunteering as the visitng team attendant for the Bloomington Blaze of the now-defunct CHL.   The graduate of Peoria Notre Dame High School graduated summa cum laude from...
Brad Kupiec

Director of Broadcasting & Media Relations

Brad Kupiec enters his second season in pro hockey as he handles play-by-play duties as well as media relations for the Rivermen again this year.   The 24-year-old native of Lockport, Illinois graduated from Eastern Illinois University in December 2014 and spent the following summer as a Broadcast & Media Assistant for the Peoria Chiefs baseball team. During his time at EIU, Brad spent three...