Tigers hoping to hire new assistant coach before August

By Scott Roblin
June 29, 2018 - 4:30pm Updated: June 29, 2018 - 7:48pm

 

MEDICINE HAT, AB – The Medicine Hat Tigers will have a new look behind the bench for the 2018-19 season following last week’s promotion of former assistant coach Bobby Fox.

After the completion of Thursday’s CHL Import Draft, the team’s focus now turns to fill the vacancy on the Medicine Hat bench.

Fox accepted an offer to become the team’s director of player personnel after spending two seasons on Shaun Clouston’s coaching staff.

That promotion now leaves seven-year veteran Joe Frazer as the lone assistant coach with the club heading into the summer break.

Clouston said applications for the position have already started to trickle in and is expecting big things from whoever gets the job.

“We’re very confident that with the interest and the number of applications that we have already, we’re going to be able to find a real good coach,” said Clouston.

This is the first coaching vacancy on the Tigers bench since Jerrid Sauer stepped down at the end of the 2015-16 season.

There is no hard deadline for finding a new assistant according to Clouston, as he said he’ll take his time this summer with the hiring process.

But he added they’re hoping to have someone in place over the next month before things start to ramp up.

“In general, we aim for August 1 back in the office pretty much full time prepping and planning for camp and then the season,” said Clouston. “So, we’d want to have somebody here settled by then for sure.”

Main training camp for the ‘Tabbies’ will also be held in August, while their first pre-season game will be held on August 31 in Lethbridge against the Hurricanes.

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