Nashville Warriors Hockey Club is an elite performance training program with an emphasis on building character, promoting integrity, while growing and developing passion for the game of hockey. We are a local hockey club that puts athletes and their families first.
Nashville Warriors Hockey Club was established in 2020 and has been sanctioned by the Southern Amateur Hockey Association (SAHA) in the Southeast District under USA Hockey.
We aim to provide kids and parents an affordable, comprehensive and elite performance training program taught by experienced and proven coaches utilizing exemplary facilities, equipment and processes. Our main focus is on the development of our athletes, on and off the ice.
Our vision is to provide an elite performance training program in a positive and supportive environment that builds hockey skills, instills character, promotes integrity and enhances the sport of hockey for boys and girls. In addition to our hockey program, we will operate at our independent ice arena, the Nolensville Ice Arena.
The Nolensville Ice Arena will encompass a state-of-the-art off-ice dryland training facility, a full sheet of ice, locker rooms and more. Our Leadership Group, Board of Directors and Advisory Committee include world-renowned professional coaches, and senior level business executives in the fields of law, business planning, finance, marketing, administration, sales and sponsorships.
hockey operations Staff
Director of Hockey Operations
Martin Erat is a former professional ice hockey player originally from the Czech Republic. He is the Director of Hockey Operations for the Nashville Warriors as well as the Head Coach for the U10AA and U9AA boys teams.
Erat was drafted to the Nashville Predators 191st overall in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. He played 15 seasons in the National Hockey League (Nashville Predators [11 seasons], Washington Capitals [2 seasons] and the Phoenix/Arizona Coyotes [2 seasons]), tallying 545 points in 881 games.
Likewise, Martin has also represented the Czech Republic on different international games including 4 Olympic Games where he served as captain in 2018. Following his NHL career in 2015, he played professionally in the KHL (Avangard Omsk) and for HC Brno in the Czech league from 2016-2020.
Martin and his wife Vera reside in Brentwood, TN with their three children (Sebastien, Victoria and Max).
DIRECTOR OF ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE
Lubos Bartecko, a native of Slovakia, serves as the Head of Strength and Conditioning and will be the U11AA Head Coach for the Nashville Warriors. Bartecko was drafted to the Quebec Junior Hockey League as a 19-year-old where he played for both the Chicoutimi Saguenéens and Drummondville Voltigeurs. He made his American Hockey League debut in the 1997-98 season with the Worcester IceCats. Bartecko then made his NHL debut in the 1998-99 season with the St. Louis Blues. He played five years in the NHL between the St. Louis Blues and the Atlanta Thrashers. His career continued in European professional hockey from 2003-16. Bartecko also played for the Slovakian National Team for 11 years (00-11), amassing 144 games, including three Olympics (2002, 2006, 2010).
Lubos resides with his wife Tasha and their three kids (Bella, Dominik and Ava) in Brentwood, Tennessee.
Assistant Hockey Director
Allie LaCombe is a former professional hockey player from Eden Prairie, MN. She is the Director of Girls Hockey, Assistant GM of Nolensville Ice Arena and will be a head coach for our girls travel teams.
During her professional playing career, LaCombe most recently signed with the Connecticut Whale in the NWHL. Previously, she played semi professional in the European league, EWHL, for the Vienna Sabers in Austria and with Almaty Aisulu in Kazakhstan. Allie played collegiately NCAA Division I at Syracuse University. Current clients of LaCombe’s include NHL, AAA/AA boys and girls and NCAA players.
LaCombe is a Level 4 USA Hockey Coach, a certified USA Hockey Director, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Sport Management from Syracuse University. She is also a professional on-ice skills coach.
Allie is from Eden Prairie, Minnesota and resides in Nashville, Tennessee.
Specialized Coaching Staff
On and Off Ice Player Development Coach
Matej Ilencik is a native of Slovakia and joins us for his second year with the Nashville Warriors and the Athlete's Compound. Ilencik started playing junior hockey at 14 years old in Slovakia and quickly developed into a Junior National Team player during his U16, U17 and U18 playing years for Dukla Trencin. He also competed for the Slovakian National Team in World Juniors U18 for 3 years. After his career in Slovakia, he spent 4 years in Sweden in the highest Swedish junior league (Sodertajle SK) and continued on to play two years professionally for Dukla Trencin and Liptovsky. Unfortunately due to injuries, he had to retire early and has been focusing on strength training. He is a full time member of the Athlete Compound and the Warriors and resides in Brentwood, TN.
On Ice Player Development Coach
Dillon Duprey is returning to his third season with the Warriors and is the U16AA Head Coach. Duprey, a native of Canada, grew up playing AAA hockey in the GTHL in Toronto. He played a season of junior hockey in the OJHL before heading down to Florida Gulf Coast University to play ACHA DII, where they won the National Championship in his senior season. Following collegiate hockey, Dillon went on to play professionally in Europe for three seasons splitting his time between Sweden and Germany (Olofstroms IK, Kallinge/Ronneby IF, and EC Pfaffenhofen). Dillon resides in Nashville with his wife, Madison.
On Ice Player Development Coach
Viktor Tikhonov joins us for his second season with the Nashville Warriors. Tikhonov is a Russian native and former professional NHL forward. Viktor was originally selected 28th overall in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, by the Phoenix Coyotes. After several years in the National Hockey League (NHL) with the Coyotes, Tikhonov moved to the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) in Russia, where he spent four years with SKA St. Petersburg. In 2015, he returned to the NHL, signing a contract with the Chicago Blackhawks, appearing in 11 games for them before he was claimed on waivers by the Coyotes. Born in Latvia while it was still a member of the USSR, Tikhonov has represented Russia internationally, participating in several World Championships and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Viktor resides in Brentwood, Tennessee with his wife Genia and two children Lev and Sofia.
Power Skating Coach
Jacki has served as a Powerskating Instructor for numerous teams both Nationally and Internationally. She has worked for the Nashville Predators, the New York Islanders NHL training camps as well as the AHL Soundtigers. Other teams and clients include NHL, AHL, OHL, College and Prep School and Junior A teams.
As a National and World International Figure Skating competitor, Master World Speedskating Champion, the former founder & owner of S2S, Jacki Munzel has been teaching skating and power skating for over 35 years.
Her focus on the technique of skating sets her apart from other skating instructors; she works with her students until they feel the right approach.
Jacki will be working with the vast majority of the Nashville Warriors athletes.
7235 Haley Industrial Drive Nolensville, TN 37135