Sun sign off on Lake

The Okanagan Sun of the B.C. Football Conference have fired head coach Gavin Lake.

The Okanagan Sun of the B.C. Football Conference have fired head coach Gavin Lake.

Paul Carson, who served as offensive line coach for eight seasons prior to taking over as club president this year, will serve as interim head coach for the remainder of the season.

“Despite Gavin’s best efforts, this season has not progressed as we had hoped,” said Carson. “Like any coaching change, this decision is difficult as Gavin is a good man and a good coach who has made every effort to work towards the success of the Okanagan Sun.”

Under Lake, the Sun finished 3-7 this season, the club’s worst record in franchise history. Despite their losing record, the Sun did clinch a playoff spot, which will see them play the Vancouver Island Raiders on Saturday.

Said Lake, the team’s fourth head coach in five seasons: “I came late to the dance; I didn’t start until May 1 and I wasn’t in on a lot of the recruiting, so I was really starting from square one with all new faces and a new team. “I always seemed to be behind the eight-ball, I never seemed to catch up and just couldn’t right the ship in time. I didn’t get the most out of what I need and I feel bad, I feel bad for the Sun. I thank them for the opportunity and wish the team the best.”

The Sun and Raiders will kick off at 1 p.m. at Caledonia Park in Nanaimo. It’s the fourth meeting of the season between the two clubs.

In the previous two games in Nanaimo, the Raiders earned victories of 30-29 and 32-30. The Junior A Sun will begin a search for a new head coach immediately following this season.