Brandt takes over as Gladiators head coach

DULUTH, Ga. – The Gwinnett Gladiators announced that Andy Brandt has been named the team’s interim head coach after Rick Emmett was relieved of his coaching duties.

Brandt has been the team’s assistant coach since Sept. 5, 2013. He is no stranger to the organization as he holds the club record for most games played in a Gladiator uniform – 357 games across six seasons from 2006-13. The former forward was also named the team’s captain in his final professional season of 2012-13.

The Wausau, Wis. native was recognized for his work in the metro-Atlanta community with the ECHL’s 2012-13 Community Service Award. He began the Gladiators yearly "Movember" campaign to help raise men’s cancer awareness and he has led an initiative to keep the team involved with Children’s Hospital of Atlanta by organizing player visits each month during the season. He has served as the Director of Hockey at "The Cooler" Family Skating Center in Alpharetta since June 2012.

Brandt will serve in the interim role as the team begins its search for a permanent head coach.