The Kamloops Storm are pleased to announce their coaching staff for the 2010/2011 season. Tyler Liebel who came in late in the season to co-coach with Greg Hawgood has agreed to come on as head coach with the Storm. Brent Fritz one of the assistant coaches with the team last year will be returning and we are pleased to announce that former Kamloops Minor Hockey product Brad Priestlay has come on as an assistant coach. Greg Hawgood who coached the Storm last season has stepped down in the coaching capacity due to work and family commitments. We would like to thank Greg for all of his hard work. Don Schulz who helped with the team is unsure of his availability for the coming season as he continues his work as a scout with the Tri City Americans.
“I have asked Tyler to coach my team for the past four years and am pleased to have him on board for the coming year, said Storm General Manager Barry Dewar. “Tyler had a great playing career and his educational background will be an asset to our players and help them in learning the intricate parts of the game.” Tyler’s father Jim was the coach of the Storm when they won the Keystone Cup, Western Canadian Junior Championship 5 years ago.
Tyler Liebel is from Osoyoos, BC and has an extensive background in hockey including winning rookie of the year in the BCHL while playing for the Burnaby Bulldogs in 2000. He received a four year scholarship to Colorado College. Since that time Tyler has played in the ECHL and CHL with Witchita Thunder, Pensacola Ice Pilots, Utah Grizzlies, Bakersfield Condors, Arizona Sundogs and the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs.
Brad Priestlay was born and in Kamloops and is a product of the Kamloops Minor Hockey system. In 2000 he played one year with the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL before playing four years in the Western Hockey League with the Portand Winter Hawks and Prince George Cougars. Brad played for part of one season in the ECHL before attending Lakehead University for 5 seasons.
“The Addition of these young men, will build on the excitement of last seasons bronze medal in the Keystone Cup, and provide a strong learning environment for the new players and the returning players to the Storm. In addition getting Brent Fritz to continue will provide continuity. Brent did a great job last year after completing 9 seasons playing in Europe. Junior B hockey is about learning and moving players, refs and coaches on to the next level and I look for all three of these young men to have a bright future in this great sport and I feel compliment the great coaching we have had over the past 10 years. Our coaches have included such people as Barry Beck, Jim Liebel, Greig Thomas, Bryant Perrier, Keith Sedgwick, Chad Ferris, Todd Giroux, Ed Patterson, Steve Passmore, Scott Sinclair Greg Hawgood, Don Schulz. All of these people have continued to be a part of the Storm family and have made us one of the most successful franchises in the KIJHL and we look forward to another winning season.”