One coach is out in B.C. and another is in in Ontario. The Junior A Nanaimo Timbermen of the BCJALL have fired coach Dale Nicks and his staff after just 1 season, and a familiar name in Kitchener, Greg Hummel, has been hired to coach the OLA’s Junior C Wilmot Wild. Nicks coached the Timbermen to a 3-17-1 record and missed the playoffs, but expressed some surprise that he was relieved of his duties so quickly. “You often find when you bring in a new coaching staff into an organization that it takes a couple years to turn things around and I was just hoping for that opportunity,” he told the Nanaimo News Bulletin. Jon Nicholson, GM of the Junior A squad, said he has a new coach in place but won’t announce the hiring until Thursday.
Nicholson told the Nanaimo News Bulletin that he was disappointed with the team’s 3-win season and believed going into the season that the Timbermen were a playoff team. But injuries, notably to 2011 captain Glenn Foley, stalled that postseason drive.
“I really like that core group and I like the talent we have,” Nichlolson said. “We definitely do need to add some pieces around that, but I think that group had the ability to get into the playoffs, so it was disappointing when we finished with only three wins.”
In Ontario, Hummel was in the stands to watch the Wild the last 2 seasons as his son, Scott, has played for the Wild. Another son, Matt, played the 2012 season with MSL’s Kitchener-Waterloo Kodiaks. Greg, former coach of the Kodiaks, replaces outgoing coach Tim Wilson.
“Why not?” Hummel told TheRecord.com. “I’m going to be there anyway. What the heck? I enjoy coaching and it’s a good group of players.”
The Wild are 10-19-3 in their 2 seasons on the Junior C loop and were eliminated in the first round the playoffs this summer. Last summer, they advanced to the third round before being eliminated by Halton Hills.Chavez is an avid lacrosse player in Rochester and a journalist for the Democrat and Chronicle as well as a longtime Inside Lacrosse contributor. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to RochesterSports.com.
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