Associate Head Coach
Tom Rudrud returns for another season as Associate Head Coach of the Wenatchee Wild. Rudrud has extensive experience as a head coach and general manager, associate head coach and assistant, including time in the USHL, NAHL, college and Tier 1 U16 and U18 Russell Stover programs. Tom, who played in the USHL with Bloomington and in college at Ferris State, has specialized in coaching defensemen and penalty kill systems, is an accomplished recruiter and scout, and has also coached in several USA Hockey select and district camps. Rudrud has assisted Coach Littler in Topeka and Tri-City of the USHL as well as with the Wild and is excited to be back in Wenatchee for his fourth season.
Chris is starting his ninth season on the Wenatchee Wild coaching staff. As assistant coach, Chris has helped worked with 5 NCAA Division I, 3 WHL and 2 NHL drafted goaltenders.
Prior to joining the Wenatchee Wild, Chris spent the 2007-08 season as a graduate assistant at Division I Minnesota State University – Mankato (WCHA).
Chris played college hockey for the Minnesota State University -Mankato Mavericks from 2003 to 2007, when he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sports Management and a minor in Marketing. Chris was a member of the WCHA All-Academic team from 2004-2007 and received the Mavericks Most Improved Player in 2004-05. He was honored in the 2007 WCHA Final Five program for his volunteer work in the Mankato community.
Before moving on to college, Chris played junior hockey from 2001 to 2003 in the BCHL and was a member of the 2001-02 Fred Page Champion Victoria Salsa.
Chris lives in Wenatchee with his wife Julie, and their dog, Buster.
He co-founded Bench Metrics (http://www.benchmetricshockey.com), a hockey analytics software company which serves teams from the NHL through youth hockey, as well as co-authored a chapter on Special Teams with George Gwozdecky in the recently published “The Hockey Coaches Bible” by Joe Bertagna.
He has coached Junior hockey in the WHL (Everett), USHL (Omaha, Youngstown), NAHL(Wenatchee), and also spent two years at the NCAA Division 1 level (University of Denver). In the past ten seasons Michael has coached 39 NHL draft picks, six of whom were selected in the 1st round of the NHL Entry Draft. A native from Queens, New York, Michael now resides in Seattle, WA.
Ryan McKelvie brings a wealth of experience at the NCAA and Junior A levels to the Wenatchee Wolves. Most recently, McKelvie served as the head coach at the Lake Forest College, an NCAA DIII team. In just three seasons, McKelvie was able to transform the struggling program into a nationally competitive program with the team having their best conference record in over twenty years. For his efforts, McKelvie was named the NCHA Coach of the Year in 2014. Prior to his time at Lake Forest, McKelvie spent a year as an assistant coach at the University of Alaska-Anchorage, and two years as a graduate assistant coach at Bemidji State University, both NCAA D1 programs. In addition to his coaching experience at the NCAA level, McKelvie spent two seasons as the Associate Head Coach for the Wenatchee Wild (NAHL) where they had a two year expansion team record of 92-33-7 and won two NAHL West Division titles. They had 17 NCAA D1 commitments and 2 NHL draft picks, which was the most in the NAHL during that time. McKelvie holds a master’s degree in Sports Science and a bachelor’s teaching degree in Physical Education K-12. As a player, McKelvie was a three year assistant captain at the NCAA D1 level for Minnesota State University- Mankato.
Co-Head Coach U14-Wolverines and U16-Wilderness
Coach Obermeyer comes to the Wolves after finishing a six year professional career in both the Central Hockey League and the East Coast Hockey League with Amarillo, Rio Grande, Evansville, and Tulsa. Prior to his time in the pros, Jake’s three years in the USHL with the Tri-City Storm lead him to a college career at the NCAA D1 level with Robert Morris University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Sports Management. Throughout his hockey years, the defenseman’s leadership qualities made him a frequent choice for serving as captain or assistant captain of his various teams. Coaching hockey has forever been a dream of Jake’s and he couldn’t be happier to begin his coaching career in Wenatchee under the guidance of Ryan McKelvie and Bliss Littler, two people he considers incredible, inspirational coaches. “I strive for success and look forward to further developing these young men’s hockey skills for success and having a positive impact on their lives both on and off the ice.”
Assistant Coach for WAHA/Wild Development Teams
Assistant Coach for WAHA/Wild Development Teams
Aron Branam, CSCS, ACSM HFS & HFD
Aron has been in the health and fitness for over 20 years working with cardiopulmonary patients, orthopedic and neurological injuries as well as training athletes of all abilities. Aron worked with Men and Women’s Soccer at Montana State-Billings and later became the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Rocky Mountain College where he was responsible for developing training and conditioning programs for all varsity men and women’s sports. He also spent four years as the Director of Fitness Operations at the Seattle Athletic Club- Downtown overseeing all fitness aspects of the business.
Aron is currently the General Manager at the Gold’s Gyms of Wenatchee Valley and has been there for 6 years. He has been the Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Wenatchee Wild since 2012.
Aron is a highly accredited health and fitness professional, certified as both a Health and Fitness Director and Specialist by the American College of Sports Medicine. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.