There will be new faces behind the bench when the New Westminster Salmonbellies begin their pre-season camp in May.
Just one day after taking two of the top junior prospects in the game today - Logan Schuss and Jeff Cornwall - it was announced that Steve Goodwin and his entire intermediate A coaching staff would take over behind the bench of the senior A lacrosse club this season.
Goodwin and his coaching assistants, Russ Heard, Jamie Stewart and Darrin London, were named to replace former head coach Ken Thomas and assistants Chris Gill and Sheldon Palidwor with the senior A club on Tuesday.
"We didn't get it done (and that includes me)," said New Westminster president and general manager Dan Richardson.
Richardson indicated that after the exit interviews with players following last year's finish out of the playoffs, changes were asked for.
"At the end of the day, everyone had to take a piece of it. But players will be a part of it," Richardson said. "There will be some changes on the floor, too. It's going to be a whole new lineup when we hit the floor in May."
Richardson added that Thomas felt it was time to step aside after two years as head coach of the senior A club. He is hopeful that the former 'Bellies GM will stay on in some other capacity.
Richardson also said the coaching change was announced a day after the draft to keep the focus on the players and not to direct any undue attention on Goodwin's son, Brandon, who ultimately went to Langley with the seventh pick of the first round.