Dean Peterson, Executive Director
Peterson is entering his eighth season at the helm of the Marian University cycling program. He is also an instructor in the school of education. In 2011, he began his work as director at the Indy Cycloplex and leads a small staff and community volunteers dedicated to advancing the mission of cycling in central Indiana.
Peterson brings 30 years of bicycle racing experience and 24 years of teaching experience to Marian University and the Indy Cycloplex. He has coached, trained, or raced in Europe, Africa, and Cuba. He is a USA Cycling Level 3 coach and is a USA Cycling Category 1 cyclist.
In his first seven seasons at the helm of the Knights cycling team, Peterson guided the Knights to eight straight USA Cycling Division I collegiate track cycling national championships, five straight collegiate road championships, three straight cyclocross national championships and two straight BMX national championships. He is the first Marian University head cycling coach to win national championships in road, cyclocross and BMX competition. The 2012-2013 season culminated with the Knights winning the program’s first-ever USA Cycling Collegiate Team Omnium overall national title, which is awarded to the program that earns the highest finishes in each of the five disciplines throughout the season, and the Knights repeated that team achievement in the 2013-2014. His strategy of developing riders in each of the disciplines to develop a team that can compete in all of them has paid immediate dividends, alongside building a full model for running a successful collegiate program.
He oversaw the development of the Paul J. Norman Cycling Center in 2007 and developed the now-popular indoor training series known as Power Booster, which is housed at the cycling center and serves the community while supporting the team. He is known in cycling circles in Indianapolis and has cultivated sponsor relationships that culminated in the development of the center, the team and the Indy Cycloplex.
Peterson earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Purdue University in 1988 and his Master of Science degree from Butler University in 1997. He resides in Indianapolis with his wife and their two children.
Deborah Lawrence, Vice President for Administration and General Counsel
Deb Lawrence has been a part of the Marian University community since 2002 and has been involved in many aspects of the University’s development. She has a passion for historic preservation and the environment, and has been the lead agent in the restoration of the Allison and Wheeler-Stokely mansions, the Riverdale garden near Allison Mansion and the development of the Marian University Ecolab. In addition to her duties as general counsel, Lawrence manages the Office of the President and the Office of Conferences and Events, and has been deeply involved in many of Marian University’s key projects, including the Steffen Music Center, the Nina Mason Pulliam Nature Center, the Indy Cycloplex at Lake Sullivan Sports Complex, and the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Lawrence graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor of arts from DePauw University and received her J.D. from the Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America. Lawrence is an active community volunteer, serving on several boards, including the Indianapolis League of Women Voters and the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir.
Julie Kukolla, Business Manager
Julie Kukolla joined the leadership team at the Indy Cycloplex in 2011 when Marian University and the City of Indianapolis signed the 15 year lease at the Lake Sullivan Sports Complex. She enjoys being a part of the Marian University community and revitalizing the Major Taylor Velodrome, development of the park, and seeing members of the community enjoy cycling. Julie finds working with Marian students, ICX staff and community volunteers rewarding.
Julie taught journalism and English at Lawrence North High School for nine years before her children were born. She enjoyed her role as a stay-at-home mom and community volunteer before returning to the classroom as an AVID tutor in 2005. She is an Indiana University graduate (BS ‘79) and earned her master’s degree from Butler University in 1986. Julie resides in Indianapolis with her husband, Joe, and their two children.
Michael Kubancsek, Operations and Communications Manager
After graduating from Marian University in May 2013, Michael Kubancsek took on the full time role of the Operations and Communications Manager for the Indy Cycloplex and the Marian University cycling team. He assists in event operations for all cycling disciplines and works in public and community relations to advance the mission of the Cycloplex and the University.
Kubancsek joined the staff after earning his degree in philosophy and communication and while working as an intern at the park. His skills in logistics, marketing, equipment management, and as sponsorship liaison were part of the Marian Cycling Team’s effort to win the Division I Team Omnium in 2012-2013. He lives in Indianapolis and is passionate about riding, racing, and wrenching on bikes. He earned his Eagle Scout award in 2005.
Nathan Schickel - Nathan began his cycling career in 1986, which lead him to race four years in the historic IU Little 500, shortly there after discovering his true passion on the track in 1992, which continues today. He not only carried his racing enthusiasm for track, which earned him a 2000 USAC Nationals podium placing, but also led him to dedicating much of free time to being a track instructor in 2011. Nathan has extensive knowledge of cycling and fitness not only professionally as a product manager with SRAM Corporation, but as a former ACE personal trainer for 3 years as well as a USAC certified coach for 7 years. All of this combined, Nathan takes true excitement teaching and introducing new riders to the wonderful discipline of track racing.
Ken Hart - Ken has been coaching for 30+ years and is a longtime volunteer, official, and coach at the Major Taylor Velodrome. His background includes experience as a USAC resident coach at the US Olympic Education Center, national cycling champion, 2007; cycling national medalist 2003, 2004, 2005; National Commissaire-ranked cycling official; former cycling mechanic, worlds team 1985 & 1986.
Allie Dragoo (Marian ’14)
Stephanie Torres (Marian ’14)
John Hoopingarner (Marian ’15)
Michael Haley (Marian ’15)
CJ Karas (Marian ’16)
Max Jackson (Marian ’17)
Beth Engwis (Marian ’14)
Kelsey Pauley (Marian ’15)
Johnny Hoffman (Marian ’18)
Kenneth Fallon (Marian ’18)