BC Thunder announces new management and coaching structure

The BC Thunder of the National Ringette League (NRL) and its leadership group announced today changes and additions to the BC Thunder coaching and management staff. Coming off a 2014-15 season that saw the team rejoin the NRL after not participating the previous, these changes are part of an overall organizational plan designed to strengthen the program for years to come.

Dale Hannesson (Langley, BC) will remain in his position as owner, joined by Chris Wakefield (Langley, BC). There are other planned changes to this ownership structure that will be announced in the coming season.

Wakefield will continue as BC Thunder GM, and shift into the position of Co-Head Coach. Harold Bakke (Delta, BC) joins the BC Thunder as Co-Head Coach, and will be involved in all aspects of the team, including GM duties as it relates to team operations. Bakke joins the BC Thunder after an unparalleled career coaching at all levels of minor ringette in BC. Bakke led teams to gold at the Western Canadian Ringette Championships in 2012 and gold at the 2013 Canadian Ringette Championships.

“I welcome the challenge and look forward to working with a committed group of athletes and coaches. I can’t wait for the season to begin,” said Bakke.

Gino Pastro (Delta, BC) will return in his role of Associate Head Coach, working alongside Wakefield and Bakke. Lisa Cadeau (Delta, BC) has been named Assistant Coach for the upcoming season, with Dale Hannesson also returning as Assistant Coach.

“Our program’s primary objective has always been to provide our athletes with the best coaching and support staff. The additions of Harold Bakke and Lisa Cadeau help to strengthen that objective,” said Chris Wakefield, BC Thunder GM. He continued “On a personal note, I have already worked with Harold over the past several years and I welcome the opportunity to coach with him on a team together. He is an outstanding coach, and along with Lisa, will be huge assets to our program.”

“We are all extremely excited about the positive changes and structure of our team. It was great to be back this past season, and we believe these changes position us well for 2015-16 and beyond,” said Dale Hannesson, BC Thunder owner.

The BC Thunder’s summer program begins June 8th, with joint NRL/U19AA on ice sessions. New this summer, the club will introduce U14/U16 sessions as well. All sessions are run by BC Thunder coaches and players. More information can be found at www.facebook.com/bcthunder and @bcthundernrl.

The BC Thunder will hold open tryouts beginning the week of September 7, with the team being selected by September 20. All inquiries, tryout information requests or sponsorship opportunities can be directed to BCThunder@nationalringetteleague.ca.