The Devildogs started up in 2016 with Mike Keller as Head Coach. In the first few years students learned a lot about what it takes to design and build a robot as well as programming and time management. After Mike's retirement in 2020, Patrick Mulcahy took over as Head Coach (having previously served as Assistant Coach in 2019). In the summer of 2021 the team decided to expand its' robotics offerings and started the process of organizing into a 501(c)(3).
The Devildogs have been nominated and won numerous awards both at Qualifying Tournaments and State Tournaments.
Meet the Team
Engineering Notebook, Outreach, Mentoring
Charlotte is 14 and a ninth grader at East High School. This is her second year being on the Devildogs team. She joined the team after being encouraged by her friends, and really enjoyed it. On the team she does Presentation, Notebook/Portfolio, Backup Drive Team, and more. Outside of robotics, she loves choir, reading, and hanging out with friends and family.
Engineering Notebook, Presentation, Marketing
Greta is 14 and a 9th grader at East High School. She spent 2 years on the First Lego League team, the Fireballs, in elementary school. She then joined the Devildogs in 6th grade to continue her robotics experience. Greta’s roles on the team this year are marketing, notebook and more. Outside of robotics, she plays the viola, paints, reads, and is in orchestra.
Co-Team Manager, Programming, Drive Team
Ian is 14 years old and is a 9th grader at East High school. This is his 6th year in FIRST robotics; two years of FLL, four years of FTC. This year he is on Programming, Marketing, CAD, Videography, Awards, Design, Drive Team, Presentation, Quality Control, Strategy, and Wiring teams. He is also the Treasurer and is the co-team manager. In his free time he likes to read, play video games, play baseball, and more.
Co-Team Manager, Drive Team, Build
Lily is in the 9th grade at East High School. She was on an FLL team for two years and joined the Devildogs three years ago to gain new robotics experience. Lily’s roles on the team are Build, driving, CAD, and wiring. She is also one of the co-team managers. Outside of robotics Lily likes to read, play lacrosse, play fantasy football, and spend time with her friends and her rabbit, piper.
Engineering Notebook, Outreach, Team Rep.
Maddie is 15 and in 9th grade. She's been in robotics since 3rd grade, when her dad started FLL club. He went on to start an FLL team that she was on from 4th to 5th and now has been on the Devildogs since 6th grade. She joined the team with her love of organization and writing, making her roles on the team notebook, outreach, presentation, marketing, and more. Outside of robotics Maddie loves to play the violin, dance, and hang out with friends & family.
Build, CAD, Design, Wiring
Mason is in 9th grade at East High School, this is his 4th year on the team. His favorite thing about robotics is building. He is on build, design, 3D-Printing, wiring, hardware-tool management, and more. Outside of robotics he likes to do things.
Drive Team, CAD, Build
Micah is in 8th grade at Ordean East Middle School. This is his second year on the Devildogs. He is on build, CAD, strategy, design, drive team, and more. He joined the team because he had done FLL for 2 years and wanted to continue the experience. Outside of robotics he likes to read, do Scratch, and hang out with family and friends.
Programming, Drive Team, Strategy
Theo is in 9th grade at Duluth East High School. This is his second year on the Devildogs, and he was previously a part of the North Shore Community School FLL team for 3 years. Outside of robotics, he loves mountain biking, playing the trumpet, and playing football.
Programming, Design, Strategy
Will is 14 years old and a 9th grader at East High School. His previous robotics experience was two years on the FLL robotics team, the Fireballs. Will joined the Devildogs because he loves to work with his hands. This year he is on the programming, CAD, strategy and design teams. Outside of robotics, Will likes to solve Rubix Cubes, play with his dog, Lele, and is on the Cross Country team.
Our Coaching Staff
Assistant Coach, Mentoring, Sponsorships
Amanda has a background in public relations and marketing and puts her communication experience to work as a mentor for our fundraising and communications team. Amanda has been a part of FTC for 4 years and continues to support robotics through both FLL and FTC with her daughter’s ages 12 and 15. Amanda also enjoys knitting, gardening, and cross country skiing. She is the volunteer coordinator for the Lakeside community garden.
Programming & Strategy
Brandon first discovered programming in middle school through the BASIC language capabilities of the TI-83 calculator to create math problem-solving programs. His favorite aspect of his current job in the software consulting field centers around the constant variety of businesses he’s introduced to and the steady diet of unique problems they produce.
When he is not at the keyboard you’ll most likely find Brandon with his beautiful wife and four daughters taking in the awe of the outdoor creations of Northern Minnesota through hiking, hunting, fishing, and more.
Build & Wiring
Chris Nikcavich is in 11th grade at East High School in Duluth. He was on the Devildogs for 4 years now and is the wiring mentor for the Devildogs for 2 of those years. Chris likes wiring and building on the robotics team.
Chris likes to bike in the summer and play around with computers at home.
CAD, 3D Printing, Build
Nathan is a civil engineer and has over 15 years of design and CAD experience and joined the Devildogs as the CAD mentor. Nathan has coached FLL for 4 years including coaching an FLL team this season. Nathan enjoys teaching technology to kids and seeing the CAD model turn into a physical robot.
During his free time, Nathan enjoys cross-country skiing, playing board games, and spending time with his family.
Head Coach, Build, Marketing
Patrick is the resident lighting designer at the Underground and the Family Theatre stages of the Duluth Playhouse. He also designs shows at East High School and Ordean-East Middle School. Beyond that, he is the General Manager of the Twin Ports Wind Orchestra where is also a member of the Euphonium section.
As a member of the Duluth Yacht Club, you can find Patrick on sailing vessel Satori during the weekly Sailboat races. From Halloween through the New Year, Patrick is known as the Gingerbread Man. Hundreds of his gingerbread structures (both big and small) can be seen throughout Duluth during the Holiday season.
Documentation, Grants, Outreach
This is Stephanie's second season with the Devildogs robotics team. She primarily serves as a mentor for the following sub teams, documentation, mentoring, sponsorship, and outreach.
Outside of robotics she likes to garden, hike, and play video games.