Wildfire names new head coach

The Waterloo Wildfire of the National Ringette League’s Eastern Conference Southern Ontario Division today announced that Doug Miners of Exeter ON is taking over the Wildfire head coach position vacated in April by the departure of Robin Mahy, the Team Ontario Head Coach for the upcoming 2011 Canada Winter Games.

Wildfire GM, Gerry Kraemer, in announcing Miners’ appointment said, "Doug comes to us highly recommended and with a wealth of ringette coaching experience with AA and AAA teams in Ontario’s Western Region dating back to the late’80s and we have been after him for several years to come to the NRL Wildfire."

Coincidently, it will not be Miners’ first turn at coaching ringette in Waterloo as he coached the Waterloo Belle AA team from 2002 to 2004. He also coached the Kitchener Belle AAs in 2000 and most recently served as the head coach of the Stratford Belle AAs in 2008-10 and the 2009-10 Western Region AAA team.

Miners will be busy immediately as the Wildfire prepares for the 2010-11 entry draft on July 6 and team tryouts beginning in mid August. The NRL season will begin the first weekend of October, 2 weeks earlier than usual, to allow for a 2-week shutdown of the schedule during the World Championships in Tampere, Finland in early November. Wildfire rookie defence, Kerith Gordon, of Halifax, Nova Scotia and a University of Guelph student is a member of the Team Canada taxi squad.