Morning Star Staff
The Armstrong Junior B Shamrocks have shuffled their coaching staff.
After being run by a four-man committee, the Shamrocks appointed Jim Point head coach on Wednesday. Chad Pieper will serve as assistant coach.
The Shamrocks, who lost 12-9 to the South Okanagan Flames in Thompson-Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League play Wednesday night at Nor-Val Sports Centre, lost co-coaches Ryan Williamson and Ryan Nitchie due to work, family and senior Shamrock commitments last week.
Team president Jeff Hanley said the Shamrocks struggled during the offseason to sign a head coach.
“We are looking for an experienced coach that is willing to commit more than just one year towards coaching the team,” said Hanley. “We are trying to shift the focus away from what we have had the last few years which is signing a new coach preseason and then focusing on winning the league championship.”
“Both Jim and Chad have extensive lacrosse backgrounds and have been involved with the Junior club right from the start this year. We expect to continue with the emphasis on team building and discipline for the remainder of the season and think the results will speak for themselves.
“Team management is happy with the current coaching situation and feel confident that the boys will respond well to more of a singular unified voice coming from the bench.”
Hanley believes the “one voice to lead” approach will better serve the Shamrocks.
Armstrong is 1-4 and the Flames 3-3.