Full Staff

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 …

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 …

Andrew Cohen
Director of Operations

Andrew Cohen was named Director of Operations in June, 2014 after spending the 2013-14 season as the equipment manager for Peoria's inaugural season in the Southern Professional Hockey League.  A native of Peoria, Cohen is a graduate of Dunlap High School and an alumnus of Eureka College.   Cohen, 27, spent last …

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 …

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 23-year-old native of Lockport, Illinois graduated from Eastern Illinois University in December 2014 and spent the following summer as a Broadcast & Media …

Derek Tellinghuisen
Account Executive

Derek Tellinghuisen is entering his first season with the Rivermen after spending the 2015 season working as an Inside Sales Representative with the Peoria Chiefs baseball team. The 26-year-old native of Rochester Hills, Michigan, is a 2013 graduate of Northwood University in Midland, Michigan, where he majored in Sport & …