Okotoks Raiders announce coaching staff for 2014

The Okotoks Raiders have their coaching staff in place for the 2014 summer lacrosse season, and its full of pro players determined to lead the Raiders to their third Minto Cup tournament in four years. Calgary Roughnecks defender and captain Andrew McBride ascends to the position of Head Coach after serving as an assistant to the last two top men, Bruce Codd and Dave Pym. Pym will remain with the team as the General Manager and will help out with the coaching as well. Roughnecks star Dane Dobbie will coach the team’s offensive players and Jesse Fehr, a transition player with the Edmonton Rush, will lead the defensive troops.

Raiders owner and president Dave Fehr, in a press release sent out by the Raiders, calls McBride “above all a tremendous teacher of the game” and says “our young player will be the beneficiaries of having Andrew as a full time coach and mentor.”

Dobbie will be trying to return to the Minto Cup as well; he was the offensive coach for the Coquitlam Adanacs last summer. Pym is thrilled to have Dobbie joining the squad, saying “Dane is one of the most gifted offensively minded goal scorers in lacrosse today. In my experience, Dane’s coaching abilities are on a par with the best in the game today.” Dave Fehr adds that “Dane is regarded as one of the most creative and skilled players to ever play the game. He will have instant credibility with our young players who clearly will be the beneficiaries of this addition to our coaching staff.”

Jesse Fehr was a Raider for five years and started coaching under Codd back in 2011. McBride says having Fehr back with the team is a big positive for their defenders. “Jesse has played at the highest level of lacrosse. His communication skills and understanding of our philosophy and systems will benefit the Raiders players immensely.”

Pym, formerly the head coach of the Roughnecks, is currently an assistant with the Buffalo Bandits. “As GM, Dave assumes the role of an architect with the Raiders while still impacting our young men on a daily basis,” Dave Fehr says. “Dave’s values are underscored by his willingness to mentor not only our young players but our young coaching staff. The new role will also allow Dave to have greater input into growing the game in southern Alberta to compete successfully at a national championship.”

Stamp is a TV sports announcer and lacrosse lover whose skill set made him a defender but who always dreamed of being a goal-scorer. He can be reached at stamplax@hotmail.com.

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