One of the most accomplished players in Chicago Wolves history, Bob Nardella was promoted to head coach on June 13, 2023, after serving as a full-time assistant coach for six seasons.
During his time as an assistant, Nardella helped lead the Wolves to the 2022 Calder Cup championship, the 2019 Calder Cup Finals and four Central Division crowns—2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022.
As a player, 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 contributor when Chicago captured the 1998 and 2000 Turner Cups as well as the 2002 Calder Cup.
The 55-year-old Melrose Park native made his Wolves debut during the team’s inaugural season in 1994-95 and 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.
Nardella, who is the 13th head coach in franchise history, was inducted into the National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame on Dec. 10, 2021.