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Coaching Staff

World class player development is our priority. In addition to unrivaled practice time, off ice training, top level AAA competition and elite player promotion, having an experienced and committed coaching staff is at the top of the list. Our 2020-2021 coaching lineup will have four NHL Draft picks, eleven former professional players, fifteen with NCAA playing experience and decades of elite level player development and coaching experience. 

18U AAA HEAD COACH - Director of Player Advancement - JIMMY MULLIN (JAMESCMULLIN@GMAIL.COM)

In 2019-2020, his first year at the helm of 18U AAA, Coach Mullin excelled in his role of Director of Player Advancement. He was instrumental in providing twelve different call up opportunities in the USHL, NAHL and CCHL for his players. The team participated in a Tier 1 Elite League showcase, Omaha USHL showcase and an NAPHL showcase. His squad competed against many of the top prep teams in the country including Shattuck St Mary's, Culver, Lake Forest Academy, Gilmour Academy and battled with top AAA teams including the Chicago Mission, Team Illinois, St Louis AAA Blues and Dallas Stars Elite. 

Coach Mullin was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA. He moved to Florence Kentucky at the age of 3 and started playing ice hockey for the Northern Kentucky Norseman.  At the age of 11, he and his family moved back to Pennsylvania and he played for the Philadelphia Little Flyers. As an 8th grader, Jimmy was recruited by prep powerhouse Shattuck St. Mary’s in Minnesota.

After two seasons on the prestigious SSM prep team and 178 points scored, the Tampa Bay Lightning, selected him in the 4th round of the 2010 NHL entry draft.

Jimmy went on to play 1 year in the USHL for the Fargo Force where he made the USHL All Star game, 1st team USHL all star, and lead the league in plus minus as a rookie.  He was also selected to represent Team USA for the World Junior A Challenge and led the tournament in goals with six in four games ahead of current NHL scoring leader Nikita Kucherov.

During his junior season at Shattuck, he committed to play NCAA college hockey at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Following a productive freshman season at Miami with 26 points, he was sidelined for a majority of the next three seasons with major knee reconstructions and a season ending shoulder injury. Following four years at Miami, Jimmy was eligible for a fifth year transfer and complete his college career under legendary junior and college coach Mike Hastings at Minnesota State in the WCHA. 

Jimmy played three seasons with the Kalamazoo Wings of the ECHL. In his only year not plagued by injury, he posted a career high of 45 points.  

In addition to his role as Jr Fuel 18U Head coach, Mullin is also a scout for the USHL's Fargo Force. 

16U AAA HEAD COACH - KEN BOONE (KENBOONE15@YAHOO.COM)

Ken Boone, native of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, began his hockey career playing Tier 1 Junior A in Burlington, Ontario. At the age of 16, he was drafted in the fourth round of the Ontario Hockey League where he played two seasons for Kingston Frontenacs.  Boone had a diverse 10 year professional hockey career, successfully playing at almost every level of the game. Career highlights span from playing in NHL exhibition games to three seasons with the Indianapolis Ice, winning a CHL Championship in the 1999-2000 season.

Boone is one of the few players in the history of Indianapolis hockey to be honored with the “Iron Man” award--given only to an individual who has played in every game and attended every practice in a championship season.  

After his retirement from professional hockey, Boone has been an award winning firefighter for the Indianapolis Fire Department and has dedicated himself being a well recognized hockey coach and elite hockey trainer in the area. Coach Boone conducts skills and body contact development out of his hometown rink in Columbus, IN.

15U AAA HEAD COACH - Director of Player Development - BRENT GWIDT (BGWIDT37@YAHOO.COM)

Brent was born and raised in Minocqua, WI and started playing organized hockey at the age of 4, for his hometown organization the Lakeland Hawks. Brent attended Lakeland Union High School and earned 4 varsity letters.

In the summer following his senior season, Brent was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the 6th round 157th overall in the NHL Entry Draft.

Brent went on to play three seasons for the Indiana Ice (2006-2009). In the 08-09 season Brent was team captain; leading the Ice to their first ever Clark Cup. That season Brent played under Jeff Blashill, current head coach of the Detroit Red Wings.

In the fall of 2009 Brent received a Division 1 scholarship to the University of Nebraska-Omaha. While at UNO Brent played 144 games tallying 19 goals and 20 assists.

In 2013 Brent started his pro career with the Utah Grizzlies of the ECHL and eventually played 3 full seasons with the Grizzlies. In his third and final pro season (15-16) he was named team captain.

Brent has a desire to help all hockey players reach their true potential both as a hockey player and as an athlete, with utilizing on and off ice training methods.

Brent married his wife, Amanda in August of 2014. Brent, Amanda and their 17-month-old son, Ryder moved to Indiana in April of 2018, and currently live in Fishers.  

14U AAA Head Coach - Todd Carlile (tcarlile10@comcast.net)

Todd Carlile grew up playing his youth and high school hockey in North St. Paul, Minnesota. After his high school career, he was drafted by his hometown team, the Minnesota North Stars in the 6th round of the 1982 NHL draft. He accepted a scholarship to the University of Michigan where he lettered all four years, and served as assistant captain for two seasons. After graduating from Michigan, he signed with the Minnesota North Stars, and played with the Indianapolis Checkers (CHL) and Indianapolis Ice (IHL). Todd was a high scoring defenseman with very impressive totals of 89 career points at U of M and 45 points in 54 games professionally in the Minnesota North Stars system. 

After his professional playing days were over, he began his coaching career with the travel programs here in Indianapolis. He was the head coach with the Cathedral/Chatard High School hockey program. Additionally, he served as an assistant coach at Park Tudor where they won two state championships and two Midwest Prep league championships. He was the assistant coach for Team Indiana in the Chicago Showcase for a number of years along with serving on the Indiana State High School Hockey board.

For the past four seasons, Coach Carlile has coached U16 AAA through the transition from the Indy Strong to the Racers and this past season as the Jr Fuel.  

Todd is married and has four children, one of whom is currently a NCAA Division 1 lacrosse player at the US Air Force Academy.  

13U AAA HEAD COACH - JAKE SKJODT (jskjodt32@gmail.com)

Jake Skjodt was born and raised in Indianapolis, IN. Growing up, Skjodt played youth hockey for the Indy Blues & Indianapolis Checkers before attending Cathedral High School, playing on back to back State Championship teams during his Sophomore and Junior seasons. After his Junior year, he played for the Indy Jr. Ice U18 AAA.

Skjodt then played two seasons in the USHL with the Indiana Ice (2006-2008) followed by playing collegiate hockey for the University of Nebraska-Omaha (NCAA D-I) and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Points (NCAA D-III).

Once completing his playing career, Skjodt returned to Indianapolis to coach the Indiana Jr. Ice U18 AAA (2011-12) & Indiana Jr. Ice U16 AAA (2012-14). Skjodt then departed Indianapolis to be a part of the inaugural coaching staff for the Arizona State NCAA Division 1 program under current Head Coach and Indy native Greg Powers. While coaching at Arizona St. Jake earned a master's degree in Higher Education.

Upon returning from Arizona, Skjodt has been coaching with the Indy Jr. Fuel youth organization, U12 AA ('18-'19), U10 AA ('17-'18) and 14U AAA ('19-'20) He currently resides in the Broad Ripple area of Indianapolis, IN.

12U AAA Head Coach - Mark Holdridge (mark.holdridge77@gmail.com)

Coach Holdridge grew up in a hockey family in suburban Detroit. After high school hockey Mark earned a spot in the NAHL with his hometown Compuware Ambassadors. After only one season of junior hockey, he continued his hockey career and education receiving a scholarship to  NCAA division 1 Colgate University of the ECAC. 

Following Colgate, Mark focused his energy on earning a law degree and pursuing a legal career that eventually landed him in Indianapolis. 

Mark takes over head coaching duties after serving as an assistant coach with our '08 group since their mite years. 

11U AAA Head Coach - Bernie John (icebernie@aol.com)

Coach Bernie John brings equally impressive coaching credentials as he does playing resume.

He was the Head Coach of the ECHL's Indy Fuel for three seasons from 2016-2019, as well as an assistant with the team from 2013-2016.

Bernie was an assistant coach with the USHL's Indiana Ice during their 2014 Clark Cup Championship season under Jeff Brown.

Coach John grew up in Sudbury, Ontario where he played youth hockey and went on to play for his hometown Sudbury Wolves of the OHL.  After junior hockey, he racked up nearly 800 professional games in a variety of leagues and cities winning a championship for the Indianapolis Ice in 2000 alongside 16U AAA coach Ken Boone and 10 U Coach Jan Jas. 

10U AAA Head Coach - Todd Grant (toddgrant24@gmail.com)

Todd Grant will be entering his sixth season as a coach in the Indy area. Last season coach Grant was behind the bench for the Jr Fuel 10U gold team. Todd grew up in Indianapolis and shined at Park Tudor as one of the top hockey and baseball players in the state of Indiana. Following a senior season where he scored 88 goals, he decided to pursue hockey only by playing junior for Danville of the NAHL alongside Executive Director Derek Edwardson. 

After lighting up the NAHL for two seasons, he received a scholarship to play NCAA Division 1 hockey at Miami (Ohio) University where he continued his goal scoring prowess, notching 37 goals in his four seasons in the CCHA. After graduation, Todd went on to play three years of pro hockey in the ECHL and CHL.  

When he hung up his skates for good, he returned to Indy and began giving back to the same youth hockey program that fostered his passion for the game three decades ago.