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Bernie-JohnBernie John, Head Coach/VP of Hockey Operations

Bernie John will begin his second full season as the Fuel’s head of Hockey Operations in 2017-18.  A native of Sudbury, Ontario, John served as an assistant coach for Indy since the club’s inaugural season, before taking over as head coach for the final 13 games of 2015-16. Long familiar with Indianapolis hockey, John served as an Assistant Coach for the 2013-14 Indiana Ice, winners of the Clark Cup as USHL champions. Before joining the coaching ranks, John enjoyed a 13-year professional playing career, including five seasons with the CHL’s Indianapolis Ice from 1999 to 2004, during which John helped the Ice claim the 2000 Ray Miron President’s Cup as CHL champions.

John Bierchen, Assistant Coach

John Bierchen joined the Fuel prior to the 2017-18 season as the club’s first full-time Assistant Coach. Prior to arriving in Indianapolis, Bierchen led the burgeoning hockey program at the University of Alabama in 2016-17, after spending three seasons as an assistant coach with the Columbus Cottonmouths of the SPHL from 2013-16. The native of Clearwater, Fla. helped advance 11 players to ECHL contracts during his tenure in Columbus, on top of coaching the league’s Rookie of the Year and Most Valuable Players in 2014-15. Graduating from Alabama in 2012 with a business degree, Bierchen was a goaltender for the Crimson Tide, backstopping the club to its first SECHC Championship in 2012.

Darrin-FlinchemDarrin Flinchem, Equipment Manager

A long-time mainstay in the Indianapolis hockey scene, Flinchem’s involvement with hockey in the Circle City dates back to 1995 when he served as the equipment manager for the IHL’s Indianapolis Ice. Other previous stops for Flinchem include the Jacksonville Lizard Kings (ECHL) and the Indiana Ice (USHL).  During his time with the Indiana Ice, Flinchem was also called upon to represent the the United States at the World Junior “A” Challenge, winning five gold medals with the USA Hockey Select squad.

George-BullockGeorge Bullock Jr., LAT, ATC, Athletic Trainer

A 21-year veteran of professional hockey, Bullock returns for his third season as the Fuel’s athletic trainer. A native of Lebanon, N.Y., Bullock most recently worked for the Ohio State University Athletic Department as an Intern Athletic Trainer, responsible for the Women’s Ice Hockey Program. Bullock has worked over 1,200 professional hockey games in his career, including stints in the ECHL with the Stockton Thunder, Bakersfield Condors, Greensboro Generals and Louisville RiverFrogs, and in the Central Hockey League (CHL) with the Wichita Thunder and Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs.

Bob Buckland, Strength & Conditioning Coach

Bob Buckland joins the Fuel for his first season as the team’s Strength & Conditioning Coach. Buckland also serves as the General Manager at Fuel Fitness within the Fuel Tank at Fishers, bringing over 15 years o  personal training experience to the organization. Graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Ball State University in 2005, the native of Noblesville, Ind. spends his free time as a competitive bodybuilder. 

Dennis Williamson Jr., Video Coach

Dennis Williamson enters his first season as the Fuel’s Video Coach.  A native of Virginia Beach, VA., Williamson graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Virginia Tech in 2013 and has worked in Hockey Operations for the Norfolk Admirals the past three seasons.