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Andy Brandt

Head Coach & General Manager
of Hockey Operations

Former Gladiator forward and Team Captain Andy Brandt was named as the Gladiators Interim Head Coach in December 2014, and promoted to Head Coach and General Manager of Hockey Operations on March 31st, 2015. Prior to serving as head coach, Brandt served as an Assistant Coach for the organization starting in September of 2013.

Brandt’s pro playing career spanned six seasons, with all but one coming in a Gwinnett/Atlanta uniform. In total, the Wausau, WI native compiled 224 points (90 goals, 134 assists) in 435 regular season games. As a Gladiator, Brandt played in a team-record 357 games, racking up 192 points (76 goals, 116 assists) while serving as an assistant captain from 2007-12, and team captain for the 2012-13 season.

Among the many ways that Brandt has given back to the community, he has taken leadership of the Gladiators’ “Movember” charity efforts to raise awareness for prostate cancer research, he regularly participates in events at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and he is the youth hockey director at The Alpharetta Family Skate Center. The ECHL recognized Brandt for his work in the community with the 2013 Community Service Award.

Mike Flanagan

Assistant Coach

The Gladiators announced the hiring of Mike Flanagan as the fourth assistant coach in team history on December 31st, 2014.

Flanagan joined the team after spending two seasons as the head coach of the Valpellice Bulldogs of the Italian Serie A hockey league. Under his direction, Valpellice reached the league finals in 2012-13, going 22-15-3-4. The next season, the team had an even better record at 24-17-0-1.

From 2010 through 2012, Flanagan was the assistant coach to current Tampa Bay Lightning head coach Jon Cooper with the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL. In the 2011-12 season, the Admirals won the Calder Cup by winning their last 28-straight games – a North American professional hockey record.

Prior to his time with Norfolk, the Orangeville, Ontario native was the head coach of the Kenai River Brown Bears of the North American Hockey League from 2007 to 2009. He also played professionally as a defenseman from 1989 with the Hampton Roads Admirals of the ECHL, to 1998 with the Nashville Ice Flyers of the Central Hockey League.

Roman Marakhovski

Assistant / Video Coach

Marakhovski, a Kharkov, Ukraine native, begins his second season as a member of the Gladiators coaching staff. This will mark his first year as the "Assistant / Video Coach" after spending last season as a "Hockey Operations Assistant" while also serving as the Associate Head Coach of the AAA U18 program under former NHL Coach Jay Leach. With over 10 years of professional hockey experience and over 475 professional games played across the US and Europe, Marakhovski skated for professional hockey teams in the former Soviet Union plus attended training camps and played in exhibition games with the Ukrainian National Team.

Over the course of his professional playing career, he had stops in France, Greensboro, Augusta, Louisiana, and Johnstown, before finishing his career in Gwinnett/Atlanta. Marakhovski graduated in 2006 with a Bachelor of Science degree from Kharkov State Institute of Physical Education in Physical Education & Sports Management and currently resides in Atlanta.