OWNERSHIP - David and Lisa White
David and Lisa White made the leap into owning a junior hockey team in the inaugural 2009-2010 season with the Fresno Monsters in Fresno, California. This was few years after supporting local youth hockey, and then helping bring juniors to the area. Following the Monsters’ successful first season, the decision was made to have two junior hockey programs in Fresno, adding one in the North American Hockey League for the 2010-2011 season. This was to add a rung on the local development ladder as was present in the USA Hockey development model. The new NAHL team was in the same division with the Wenatchee Wild. David and Lisa White’s son Gunner would earn a spot on the Fresno Monsters’ roster, playing stints for both junior hockey teams. Gunner’s love for hockey was the reason the family grew an interest in developing 16-20 year old elite level players.
In spring of 2013, it was announced that the Wenatchee Wild’s former ownership group had plans to cease operations in Wenatchee and relocate the franchise to Texas. After several years of frequenting Wenatchee to watch the Fresno Monsters play there, David and Lisa White felt a huge connection to the town of Wenatchee. The amazing fans, the stunning arena, and the exceptional coaching staff. After several seasons with Wenatchee as the closest travel partner (1,000 miles away), and with the practice arena in Fresno unexpectedly shut down, the couple knew what they had to do. With league recommendation and support they decided to relocate the NAHL Fresno Monsters franchise to Wenatchee to keep the Wenatchee Wild train rolling – same team name and logo, same front office staff, and same coaching staff in place for what they hoped was a seamless transition for the players and fans.
In the 2015-2016 season, the Wenatchee Wild made the move to the British Columbia Hockey League as the only team in the United States. The transition to the BCHL would prove fruitful for David and Lisa. Besides a much better team travel situation, the Wenatchee Wild went on to become the 2018 BCHL Fred Page Cup Champion and the 2018 Doyle Cup Champion. This was their first junior hockey championship – an honor in which the couple are very proud of for the whole Wild organization.
|“His teams were always very competitive, well coached, prepared to play each night... his players always conducted themselves in a professional manner... I personally knew many of the players he coached over the years and I can say I never heard anything negative about him from any of them.”
|“I have experience at virtually every level of hockey, Major Junior, Tier II, lower professional and the AHL. Bliss is by far the best coach that I have ever employed... is extremely organized. . . . can stay within a budget . . . he has also many great ideas that the marketing department can use to increase the bottom line ”
|“In Bliss Littler, you get the full package. Coach Littler will spend countless hours in preparing his athletes to perform at their best and achieve more than they expected.”
|“Bliss had a goal for our staff to “Do junior hockey today better than it has ever been done before.” If you do your job and do it well, Bliss will be your biggest supporter. On the flipside, if you slip in your performance he expects immediate improvement, which is quite fair in my opinion.”
With a career spanning twenty six seasons behind the bench, Wenatchee Wild General Manager Bliss Littler is USA Hockey’s all time Tier 1 and Tier 2 winningest coach, with 836 regular season wins and a winning percentage of .635. The last eight of those years have been in the northwest with the Wenatchee Wild. Prior to arriving in Wenatchee, Bliss spent eleven years in the United States Hockey League as a Head Coach/General Manager with the Omaha Lancers, Tri City Storm, and the Topeka Scarecrows. Five times he served as a coach for USA Hockey in international competitions. He launched his coaching career by spending seven years with the Billings Bulls of the AFHL and AWHL where he won five Borne Cups. He sported an overall record of 326-210-59 in the USHL, winning one Anderson Cup. In his career, he has coached over three hundred players that have moved on to play Division I hockey. He has also coached twenty five NHL draft picks including two first round picks. He’s seen over twenty of his former players advance to the NHL. He also holds a Bachelor Degree in General Studies from Minot State University. Bliss is married to his wife Gretchen, and they have two children, Cade and Grace. They make their full time home here in the Wenatchee Valley.
- 2018 - BCHL - Joe Tennant Memorial Trophy for Coach of the Year
- 2018 - CJHL Doyle Cup Pacific Region Championship
- 2018 - BCHL Fred Page Cup Championship
- 2017 - BCHL - Joe Tennant Memorial Trophy for Coach of the Year
- 2016 - BCHL Mainland Division Coach of the Year
- 2011 - Assistant Coach USA World Junior A Challenge (Bronze Medal) Langley, B.C.
- 2008 - Assistant Coach USA World Junior A Challenge (Gold Medal) Camrose, Alberta
- 2002 - Head Coach USA 19 and under Viking Cup (3-1-1 record) Camrose, Alberta
- 2000 - Assistant Coach USA 19 and under Viking Cup (Gold Medal) Camrose, Alberta
- 1997 - Assistant Coach USA 19 and under, Berne Cup(Gold Medal)Berne, Switzerland
- More than 300 players have moved on to play Division I hockey.
- Over 25 NHL draft picks.
- 2 NHL first round draft picks.
- Over 20 players have advanced to play in the NHL.
Head Coach / Assistant GM
Chris has been a part of the Wenatchee Wild coaching staff since the teams inception in 2008. As assistant coach, Chris has helped and worked with 8 NCAA Division I, 3 WHL and 2 NHL drafted goaltenders. He has been named Head Coach for the 2020-21 season.
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 Cup Champion Victoria Salsa.
Chris and his wife Julie live in Wenatchee with their son Cooper and their dog Madison.
Associate Head Coach / Director of Recruiting
Leigh Mendelson joined the Wenatchee Wild prior to the 2017-18 season in a dual role as both Associate Head Coach and Director of Recruiting. His coaching career is considerable, with over 10 seasons of experience at the junior level in both the NAHL and USHL. Add in four seasons of pro experience in the ECHL and AHL, and three seasons in Europe to go along with his three years of Division I college, and you've got a world of experience. With a focus on the defensive side of the game, his skill set serves as the perfect balance to the established Wild staff.
Assistant Coach for WAHA/Wild Development Teams
Academic and Billet Coordinator - U18
Coach Brodie returns to the Wenatchee Valley for the first time since stepping foot on the ice as a player with the inaugural Wenatchee Wild team in 2008. In two seasons playing for the Wild, Brodie helped the team to back to back West Division titles and a Robertson Cup championship game appearance. His play in Wenatchee earned him a scholarship to play hockey at NCAA Division I Bemidji State University in the WCHA. Brodie played two years at BSU, where he was a two-time WCHA scholar athlete award winner and twice recognized on the Academic All-WCHA team, before transferring to Division III University of Wisconsin Stevens-Point. In two years at UWSP, Brodie was a CCM first team All-American, played in two Frozen Four National Championship games, was two-time first team all-conference, and led the conference in points for a defenseman. After graduating from UWSP with a Bachelor’s degree in Business with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship, Brodie went on to play professional hockey for the Stockton Thunder in the ECHL and the Columbus Cottonmouths in the SPHL. Much like when he played, Brodie brings energy and enthusiasm to the Wolves, all the while ready to learn and absorb information from all the wisdom that surrounds him with the coaching staff in the Wenatchee Wild organization.
Co-Head Coach U18, Assistant Coach U16,
Player Development Coach U14 & U15, Spring Hockey Coordinator
Coach McTaggart comes to Wenatchee from the Yellowstone Quake of the NA3HL. McTaggart, a Seattle native, played his junior hockey with the Quake before seeing an opportunity to be an assistant coach of the team he once suited up for. Following two seasons coaching in Wyoming, he came back to Washington to help coach with the Team Seattle AAA program. After two years there, McTaggart crossed the border north into Canada, taking a role as head coach of the Banff Hockey Academy midget varsity team in Alberta. That, along with being an assistant coach on the midget prep team, consumed McTaggart’s time for the next four years. Deciding to come back to the United States, McTaggart went back to Yellowstone for his second stint with the Quake, being an assistant coach there once again. With deep hockey roots, McTaggart’s father, Jim, played in the NHL for the Washington Capitals, and coached in the WHL with the Seattle Thunderbirds after retiring. Jordan looks to help prepare players for the next level of hockey, using the wisdom and experience he’s gathered from the junior hockey ranks.
Assistant Coach for WAHA/Wild Development Teams
In the 2019-20 season, Coach Baxter entered his first season coaching the U15 team having spent the previous nine years coaching junior hockey in Missoula, Montana. During his tenure in Missoula, he was twice named Coach of the Year and compiled an impressive 277 wins. Prior to that, Baxter coached AAA in Colorado for both the Colorado Outlaws and the Rocky Mountain Wranglers. Coach Baxter prides himself on developing player's both on and off the ice and has a long list of players that have moved onto play college hockey. As a player, Baxter played two years of junior hockey before moving onto play Division 1 hockey at the University of Connecticut. He currently lives in Missoula year-round with his wife Bridget and young daughter. Program director Ryan McKelvie had this to say on the addition of Baxter, “We are very excited to get a coach with Marcus’s qualifications to start our new U15 team and assist with our U14 team. I’ve known Marcus for over 15 years and know that our players are not only getting a great coach but a quality role model and mentor that will help them both on and off the ice.”
Sharon Seguin MD, FAAD
Dr. Seguin earned a BS in Microbiology from UCLA and a Doctor of Medicine from Loyola University of Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine. She completed post-doctorate residency training in Internal Medicine at Madigan Army Medical Center and in Dermatology at Walter Reed AMC and earned Board Certification in both specialties. She served in the US Army for 11 years. Sharon and her husband Matt moved to Wenatchee in 2000 where they have raised three sons. Dr. Seguin is a physician at Confluence Health and has been a team doctor for the Wild for 11 years. The Seguins have served as a billet family for the Wild for 9 years.
Dan Ritzke PA-C
Team Physician Assistant
Dan has been part of the Wild medical staff since the 2014 season. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Science at the University of Wisconsin -La Crosse and completed his physician assistant training at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana. He is board certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Dan has practiced in orthopaedics for 18 years with the last 15 as part of the Confluence Health Orthopaedic Department. The Ritzkes have also been a billet family for the past 6 seasons. Dan and his wife Billie live in Wenatchee with their two boys, Jacob and Zach.
Matt joined the Wild for his first season in 2018-19. He has a Masters Degree in Athletic Training from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He's worked with athletes in multiple sports, including hockey with the Omaha Lancers.
He's excited to be a part of the Wild program and looks forward to continuing exploring the Northwest.
Pepe has been with the Wild franchise since the beginning. It's been said, "If you don't get along with Pepe, it's probably YOU!" Pepe lives in Wenatchee and manages rental properties when he's not at the rink.
Tammi Flynn, MS, RD, CSSD, CSCS
Nutritionist / Strength and Conditioning
Tammi is a registered dietitian and fitness professional who has been in the industry since the 1980’s. Her more recent certifications are in CrossFit, sports nutrition, and as a strength and conditioning specialist. Her current interests are focused on programming and diet for young athletes to maximize their performance. She has worked with local soccer, lacrosse, track, cross-country skiing, wrestling, and hockey teams.
Worx of Wenatchee
Max is a Certified Personal Trainer at Worx Gym of Wenatchee Valley. He works with the Wild several times a week with strength and conditioning. He attained his bachelors degree in Clinical Physiology at Central Washington University and is working on becoming a certified strength and conditioning specialist through NSCA. Max pursues a career in training high level athletes.
DIRECTOR OF SALES AND MARKETING - Gretchen Littler
Gretchen Littler serves a dual role in the office, handling group ticket sales as well as corporate partnerships. As a hockey Mom and hockey wife, Gretchen is surrounded by hockey and is committed to helping the franchise continue to grow in the Valley.
SENIOR SALES AND OPERATIONS COORDINATOR - David Rayfield
David returned to the Wenatchee Wild as Senior Sales and Operations Coordinator in the 2018-2019 season. David was previously a member of the Wild staff from 2013-2016 as the Director of Game Day Operations. David was born and raised in the valley, graduating from Cascade High School in Leavenworth. He then headed to Pullman to attend Washington State University, where he graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Sport Management. David is very excited to rejoin the Wenatchee Wild and help assist in the growth of the organization. Making the Wild a fun family experience that everyone in the Wenatchee Valley can enjoy is extremely important to David.
His primary focus will be developing and evolving partnerships via creative sponsorship opportunities, David is always looking to present local business brands in front of Wild fans. Representing our sponsors in a fun interactive way to our fans is extremely important and beneficial to all. David will also take part in the selling of season tickets, groups, and single game tickets.
“ I’m very excited to rejoin the Wild organization and help continue to make Wenatchee Wild hockey a 'can't miss' fan experience for our valley!”
BOOKKEEPER - Jesi Richardson
Jesi Richardson joined the Wenatchee Wild at the end of the 2016-2017 Season as their Bookkeeper. Jesi is born and raised in the Wenatchee Valley, and graduated from Central Washington University. For the last two years, she has played an active role as Secretary and Registrar for the Wenatchee Amateur Hockey Association. Away from the office, you will find her at the rink a majority of her time as both of her sons participate in Youth Hockey. She has a passion for hockey and her family have been Season Ticket Members for numerous years. She is honored to be a part of the Wenatchee Wild team and is excited about being a part of this great organization. Go Wild!
PLAY-BY-PLAY BROADCASTER – Arch Ecker
Arch Ecker joined the Wenatchee Wild in the summer of 2016 after working 20 seasons of junior hockey in the AFHL, AWHL, and NAHL, all Tier II Junior A leagues. He'd spent the prior ten seasons with the Topeka (and Santa Fe) RoadRunners, following four seasons with the Helena Bighorns and six with the Butte Irish. He’s performed numerous duties over the years with the teams in the front office but his true passion remains broadcasting. He’s called over 1,450 regular season and playoff games at the Tier II level, and dozens more at Tier III and Junior B levels. He’s truly enjoyed the transition into Wild Nation and is pleased to be back in the Pacific Northwest.
GRAPHIC DESIGNER – Jeri Elsasser
Jeri Elsasser joined the Wenatchee Wild in 2013 as a graphic designer in Fresno, California, joining the staff with team owners David and Lisa White. She graduated from Fresno State in 2008 and began her marketing career full-time in hockey with the Fresno Falcons Hockey Team in the ECHL after a year-long internship. She then went on to become the first staff member hired when the Fresno Monsters Hockey Team formed in 2009, working as the Marketing Director for both the WSHL and NAHL teams. Away from the office, Jeri is a proud wife, mom, and avid Colorado Avalanche Hockey fan. GO WILD!
The game day experience for Wenatchee Wild fans is one that we strive to make special and memorable. It takes a coordinated effort by dozens of individuals to make every Wild home game not just a thrilling spectacle of sport, but a family friendly, bright and colorful event.
- Ernie Rodriguez - Public Address Announcer
- John Bryant - Mic in the Stands
- Matt Masimakoupoulos - Graphics
- Chelsea Craig - Switcher
- Arthur Gutierrez - Sky Cam
- Bethany Morrison - Graphics
- Kellen Manhart - Music
- Richmond Rodriguez - Music
- Lee Dawson - AV Booth Coordinator
- Craig Anderson - Switcher / Replay
- Cameras Operated by Wenatchee Valley Tech Students
- Spotlights Operated by Wenatchee High School Drama Students
- Randy Dawson – Game Day Videographer
- Russ Alman – Team Photographer
- Suzy Howard – Computer Scorekeeper / Off-Ice Scheduler
- Lonnie Howard – Goal Judge / Penalty Box
- Megan Howard – Shot Chart / Stats
- Jim Clark – Score Sheet
- Chris Conrath – Goal Judge
- Howard Perryman – Clock / Scoresheet / Penalty Box
- John Bleichner – Penalty Box
- Brad Buchsieb – Shots / Stats / Goal Judge
- Nikole Wyles – Ernie’s Helper / Clock
Part time off-ice officials include: Michelle Singleton, Willow Merritt, Casi Tarr, Josh Tarr, Monte Montoya, Gary Roy, Lisa Peterson, Russ Peterson.
- Debbie Gravelle - Lead Usher
- Tori Seward – Merchandise
- Lizzie Seward - Merchandise
- George Nelson - Senior Intern
For info on becoming an intern: https://www.wenatcheewildhockey.com/wild-interns/
Back of House
- Chris Berg – Director of Operations (TTC)
- Jared “Big J” Lubean – Zamboni Driver / Back of house
- Jeremy Posenjak – Zamboni Driver
- April Halvorson – Mascot Coordinator