After successful draft, New Westminster Salmonbellies shake up coaching staff

Ken Thomas is out and Steve Goodwin is in. After missing the 2012 play-offs and failing to make it back to the Mann Cup since 2010, New Westminster Salmonbellies GM Dan Richardson decided it was once again time for a change. In an official statement on their website, the Bellies say that Thomas has stepped down “due to personal reasons ” and at the same time, the team opted to part ways with assistant coaches Chris Gill and Sheldon Palidwor.

Thomas replaced Bob Salt after the 2010 season, when for the third straight year the Bellies won the West but were unable to secure their 25th Mann Cup.

Monday night, New West along with the other six Western Lacrosse Association teams participated in the 2013 Entry Draft and the BelliesĀ were able to pick up some crucial pieces to the puzzle that Richardson hopes will help the team get back to the top of the mountain.

Goodwin has had some great success as the head coach of the Intermediate Salmonbellies lacrosse team, helping them to back-to-back Intermediate A gold medals. Along with his assistants–Russ Heard, Jamie Stewart and Darrin London–Goodwin brings a high IQ coaching staff with not only a winning attitude but strong ties with the Salmonbellies organization.

Teddy Jenner is one the leading sources for lacrosse information. He comes by his love of lax honestly with a lifetime of experience, two Mann Cup championships and six years of play in the NLL. Email him at, follow him on Twitter @OffTheCrosseBar or catch him on Team 1410 radio in Vancouver, B.C., as the host and producer of the Off the Crosse-Bar Radio Show In 2012, he was awarded the BCLA's Norm Wright Merit Award- handed out to a member of the media deemed to have have contributed to the promotion of lacrosse.

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