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.” READ MORE »