Bob Nardella Assistant Coach/Skills Development Coach
One of the most accomplished players in Chicago Wolves history, Bob Nardella has completed three seasons as an assistant coach for the franchise.
Nardella ranks second on the team’s all-time regular-season list for games (476), fifth in assists (239) and sixth in points (298) after spending six full and three partial seasons with the Wolves. He was a key player when Chicago captured the 1998 and 2000 Turner Cups as well as the 2002 Calder Cup.
The 49-year-old Melrose Park native made his Wolves debut during the team’s inaugural season in 1994-95. After spending one season in Italy and another in Germany – punctuated by his first of two appearances in the Winter Olympics with Italy’s national team – Nardella returned to the Wolves from 1997 to 2002.
The defenseman posted 48 points in 65 regular-season games and 18 points in 22 playoff games during the run to the 1998 Turner Cup. Nardella provided 46 points in 77 regular-season games and 13 points in 16 postseason games in 2000 while earning Second All-Star Team recognition in the International Hockey League. He added 26 points in 52 regular-season games and 14 points in 24 games during the 2002 Calder Cup playoffs.
Nardella ranks second on the Wolves’ all-time postseason list in games (101), fourth in points (61), fourth in assists (44), and seventh in goals (17).
Nardella, who owns and operates R.J.N. Supplies Inc., lives in Rosemont with his wife, Alicia, and their sons, Bobby and Nicholas.
Kevin Kacer, ATC Athletic Trainer
Kevin Kacer, ATC, became the Wolves head athletic trainer in 1995 after being an assistant athletic trainer with the Detroit Pistons from 1993-95. Before that, he served as the head athletic trainer for the Continental Basketball Association’s Fort Wayne Fury (1991-93); the International Hockey League’s Fort Wayne Komets (1990-91); and the National Professional Soccer League’s Fort Wayne Flames (1988-90).
Kacer earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Indianapolis, where he served as the head student trainer from 1983-87. He gained experience as a volunteer trainer at Carroll High School in Fort Wayne from 1983-87 and at the 1986 Pan American Games in Indianapolis.
The 52-year-old is a member of the Professional Hockey Athletic Trainers Society, National Athletic Trainers’ Association and American College of Sports Medicine.
Kacer and his wife, Jill, have a daughter, Madison, and two sons, Cameron and Nolan, and reside in the western suburbs.
Craig Kogut Equipment Manager
Craig Kogut has completed 23 seasons with the Wolves, which includes the last 22 as the team’s head equipment manager. The 55-year-old Maywood native handled the Wolves assistant equipment manager role during the team’s inaugural 1994-95 season.
A member of the Society of Professional Hockey Equipment Managers (SPHEM), Kogut has worked more than 1,800 games for the Wolves. He also served as assistant equipment manager with the Chicago Blackhawks during the 1984-85 season. The 1980 Proviso East High School graduate worked as a store manager for K & K Sports from 1989-94.
Kogut and his wife, Anna, have a daughter, Lisamarie, and a son, D.J., and reside in the western suburbs.
Evan Levy Strength and Conditioning Coach
Evan Levy has spent the last four seasons as the Wolves strength and conditioning coach. Prior to joining the organization, Levy spent three years in the same role for the Peoria Rivermen.
Levy also has worked as a strength and conditioning coach at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning (MBSC) based in Woburn, Mass. At MSBC, Levy trained college and professional athletes during the offseason and also assisted the Anaheim Ducks with their 2010 preseason prospect camp.
The St. Louis, Mo., native earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Arizona State University.
Stan Dubicki Goaltending Coach
Stan Dubicki has spent the last eight seasons as the Wolves goaltending coach. Prior to joining the organization, he worked for five years at Wendell Young’s Goaltending Academy.
In addition to his duties with the Wolves, the 53-year-old Dubicki has served as the head coach or goaltending coach for several Chicago-area high school teams — including the Maine girls hockey co-op team and Fenwick High School’s and Oak Park-River Forest’s boys teams.
Dubicki and his wife, Carla, and daughter, Nicole, live in Schiller Park.