UGA HOCKEY COACHING STAFF
Toronto native Rick Emmett brings over 20 years of playing and coaching experience at the elite amateur and professional levels to the University of Georgia club hockey team. Following his playing career, Emmett returned to the hockey world stepping behind the Gladiators’ bench as an assistant coach to start the 2011-12 season. After two years under former Gwinnett head coaches Jeff Pyle and John Wroblewski, Emmett was promoted to the head job to begin the 2013-14 campaign and spent 89 games over the course of two seasons with the Gladiators.
Under Rick's leadership, UGA Hockey has won the South Eastern Collegiate Hockey Conference (SECHC) Championships (2017, 2019). Rick has most recently won the SECHC Coach of the year award in 2017 & 2018.
General Manager / Assistant Coach
John Camp, a native of Aston, PA, brings over 35 years’ experience as a head coach, assistant coach, and instructor/mentor to the Ice Dawgs. John has been associated with organizations at the High School, Middle School and Club levels in Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota.
As General Manager, John oversees multiple facets of the UGA Hockey organization, including the team's marketing intern program. The UGA Hockey marketing intern program is a participant in the University of Georgia's Experiential Learning program.
John is the South Eastern Collegiate Hockey Conference Assistant Commissioner representing the SECHC's East division.
Originally from Michigan, Brian has played and coached hockey for four decades and remains active in the professional and community hockey programs in and around Atlanta. In addition to his coaching and mentoring role with the UGA Ice Dawgs, Brian currently works in hockey operations as Video Coach with the ECHL Greenville Swamp Rabbits and is Head Coach of the Atlanta Phoenix U16 Premier NAPHL. Brian is a lifelong student of the game, USA Hockey L4 certified and has recognized success in the U14, U16, and High School hockey programs in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Georgia.
Beneke returned to the Ice Dawgs in 2003, and is now in his 20th season with the Ice Dogs. In addition to his booming voice on the bench and practice ice, “Bene” brings a variety of experience to the team. Beneke played Junior semi-pro hockey in the Midwest, and then attended University of Massachusetts. Steve began his coaching with the Jr. Capitals in Washington, D.C. in 1990-93. Steve then moved west to work for the Anaheim Mighty Ducks NHL franchise for three seasons before moving to Georgia. Although Steve’s hockey playing experience lies between the pipes as a goaltender, he assists with all facets of the game, and boasts a 5-2-2 record as the head skipper behind the bench. For many years Steve has been an emotional leader with a big heart on the Dogs coaching staff, on and off the ice.