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
Head coach U10AA and U9AA (2012 & 2011)
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 PLAYER DEVELOPMENT
Head coach U13AA (2008)
Ryan Smyth, widely known as “Captain Canada”, is a Canadian former professional ice hockey winger who played most of his career for the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League and was an instrumental part of Team Canada. He was especially known for playing in the style of a power forward.
Ryan played 15 of his 19 NHL seasons with Edmonton and scored 296 of his 386 goals in an Oilers uniform. Edmonton selected Smyth with the No. 6 pick in the 1994 NHL Draft, and he made his debut with the Oilers at the Los Angeles Kings on Jan. 22, 1995. By 1996-97, Smyth was a top-six forward for Edmonton; he scored an NHL career-high 39 goals that season, 31 (and an NHL career-high 70 points) in 2000-01 and 36 goals in 2005-06.
Smyth also had plenty of success playing internationally. He was part of the team that won gold at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics and helped Canada finish first at the 1995 IIHF World Junior Championship, the 2003 and 2004 IIHF World Championship and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. He was Canada's captain at the World Championships six times, the most of any player.
Ryan is joining the Warriors as the Head Coach for the U13AA (2008) team and will be assisting in the player development programming for all ages.
Ryan resides in Franklin, Tennessee with his wife, Stacey, and their four children (Isabella, Elizabeth, Alexander and Gabrielle).
Director of girls hockey
Head coach Girls U10A, U12A and Mite Development program
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.
DIRECTOR OF ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE
Head coach Girls U11AA BOYS, Head strength and conditioning coach
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.
Specialized Coaching Staff
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.