The Orangeville Northmen have found their man, and they didn’t have to look far. With Matt Sawyer having resigned as head coach of the Junior A Northmen in October because of family commitments, Orangeville has announced that the new head coach is DJ Clevely. Clevely was an assistant with the Northmen the past two seasons, helping them to the 2012 Minto Cup championship, the team’s third in five years. He has also coached the Orangeville midget team to Ontario titles in 2009, 2011 and 2013.
General Manager Bob Clevely says DJ’s history with the organization has prepared him for the head coaching role. “He was a player in the organization a number of years ago, then working with Matt the last two years and with the Jr Bs before that. He’s very familiar with all these players because the majority of them he’s coached since pee wee,” Bob says. “Matt and the coaching staff were really working with DJ to get his experience up. He’s passionate about the organization and passionate about those kids. He was a logical choice, so from my end it made sense.”
The team also announced that Jamie Kirk will return as an assistant coach and will be joined by two new assistants, Junior A Northmen alumni Jeff Ivey and Anthony Lackey. Yet another former Northmen player is returning to the fold, as well: Bob Clevely announced that he has recruited Toronto Rock goalie Nick Rose to assist him with player personnel responsibilities and to coach the team’s goaltenders.
Bob Clevely says working with other alumni will be a boon to DJ Clevely as he grows into the role of the Jr A head coach. “As far as the transition period, I think the other thing that’s going to be good for him is he’s working with a group of young guys that understand the organization, played in Junior A lacrosse there, understand the pride and the commitment of the Northmen organization. I think that’s going to go a long way. They have the same philosophy that DJ does.”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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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