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 the State Tournament.
Meet the Team
Fundraising, Documentation, Recruitment
Charlotte is in eighth grade at OEMS. She recently joined the Devildogs after being "encouraged" by her friends. She does marketing, fundraising and more.
Outside of robotics she likes to read and write.
CAD, Marketing, Presentation
Greta is in 8th grade. She spent 2 years in FLL, the Fireballs. She joined the Devildogs in 6th grade to continue her robotics experience. Her roles this year are CAD, marketing, notebook and more.
Co-Team Manager, Treasurer, Videography
Ian is in the 8th grade at OEMS. This is his 6th year of robotics: one year of club, two years of FLL, and this is his third year of FTC.
In his free time he likes to read, play video games, play baseball, and more.
Co-Team Manager, Drive Team, Wiring
Lily is in 8th grade. Lily was on an FLL team for two years and joined the Devildogs two years ago to gain new robotics experience. Lily’s role on the team is building, driving, and wiring.
Outside of robotics Lily likes to read and play lacrosse.
Mentoring, Outreach, Photography, Team Rep.
Maddie's been in robotics since 3rd grade: club, FLL and now FTC. She loves writing and organizing, making her ideal for documentation, outreach, and marketing.
Outside of robotics Maddie loves to hang out with her family and friends. She also enjoys dance & violin.
Build, Hardware/Tool Management, Pit Crew
Mason is in 8th grade and this is his 3rd year on the team. His favorite thing about robotics is building. He is also on the design, 3D-Printing, wiring, hardware-tool management, and pit crew.
Quality Control, Scouts, Strategy
Micah is in 7th grade. He goes to Ordean-East Middle School. He likes building and driving. He joined because he had done FLL for 2 years. He wanted to continue the experience so he joined FTC.
Awards, Safety, Team Spirit
Theo is in the 8th grade. He was previously a part of the North Shore Community School First Lego League (FLL) team for 3 years. He loves building robots and everything FTC.
Design, Programming, 3D Printing
Will is an 8th grader at Apologia Online Academy. Will’s 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.
At home Will likes to solve Rubix Cubes and swing in his basement. He has a puppy named Lele.
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 2 years and continues to support robotics through both FLL and FTC with her daughter’s ages 11 and 14.
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.