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.
Nathan Oystrick was named the Gladiators Assistant Coach on July 30, 2016. Oystrick joins the coaching staff after spending last season as a player assistant coach for the ECHL's Elmira Jackals. In 43 games played, the defenseman tallied 3 goals and 15 assists for a total 18 points while Elmira finished the season with a 37-30-0-3 record.
Prior to joining the Jackals, the Regina, Saskatchewan native spent a decade playing in the National Hockey League, American Hockey League, and the Kontinental Hockey League based out of Russia. Oystrick was drafted by the Atlanta Thrashers in the seventh round (198th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft with 53 of his 65 games played in the NHL occurring in 2008-2009 with the Thrashers. The defenseman also spent time with the Anaheim Ducks and St. Louis Blues.
Beyond his time in the NHL, Oystrick appeared in 338 AHL games with the Chicago Wolves, Peoria Rivermen, Portland Pirates, and Springfield Falcons. In addition to being named to the AHL All-Rookie Team in 2006-2007 and AHL All-Star Game in 2010-2011, he won the AHL’s Calder Cup Championship with the Chicago Wolves in 2007-2008.
Marakhovski, a Kharkov, Ukraine native, begins his third season as a member of the Gladiators coaching staff. This will mark his second year as the "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.