The old coach is the new coach.
Dean Maynard, who guided the Osoyoos Coyotes through their last 16 games — 12 regular season and four playoff — as the 2018-19 season closed, was named General Manager and Head Coach of the Osoyoos Coyotes Thursday afternoon.
“Dean Maynard was gracious enough to fill-in with the dismissal of Mark Chase three-quarters of the way through the season last year,” said Coyotes owner Randy Bedard.
“We are taking the interim title off of head coach so Dean is officially the head coach of the Osoyoos Coyotes moving forward and he’s also going to take on the title of general manager, too.”
Last season, the club finished fourth in the KIJHL’s Okanagan division, managing just 17 wins in 49 games and finishing 52 points behind division champion Kelowna Chiefs.
After eight years of operation, the club made its first coaching change last spring, firing longtime GM and head coach Ken Law — who took over the reins in Kelowna — and eventually hiring Chase from the Melville Millionaires of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League.
Chase was fired in January sporting a 13-21-2-1 record and replaced by Maynard.
The Coyotes were eliminated in a first round match-up with the Chiefs, falling in four games.
Maynard named his support team at a gathering Thursday. They include:
- Brandon Watson — Forward Assistant Coach, player development, special team and on-ice instructor.
- David Gordon — Defence Assistant Coach, player development, special teams and on-ice instructor.
- Tyler Liebel — Skills instructor/player development, team video and special teams.
- Mitch Fritz — Player selection/development.
- Brian Dragseth — On-ice instructor.
- Dr. Johnny Cheong — Bench staff, pre-game and game trainer, safety personnel, off-ice instructor and Injury Protocol.
- Dr. Brittany Morris — Pre-game trainer and Injury Protocol
- Glen Martin — Equipment manager
The Coyotes have scheduled a spring prospects camp for April 26 to 28 at Sun Bowl Arena.
“It’s been three years since we’ve had a prospects camp,” said Bedard. “We’re excited about this; we’re getting a lot of interest in it.”
Maynard said 23 of 24 eligible Coyotes have expressed a desire to return to Osoyoos for the upcoming season.