Volume 93, Issue 2
Friday, May 21, 1999
New Stang coach set to grab the reins
IF I SHOOT IT REALLY HARD MAYBE THE COACH WILL NOTICE ME. Western's mens hockey team gets set to impress a new coach with their hockey skills.
By Sabrina Carinci
As the 1999 National Hockey League season draws to an end, Western's hockey team is preparing for a brand new beginning.
Clarke Singer, although not a rookie to Mustangs' hockey, hit Western's ice last month as the new head coach for the Mustangs.
After a 14 year career, outgoing head hockey coach Barry Martinelli said he is pleased with his successor, especially considering he has known Singer since the new coach first attended Western as an undergraduate. "We go back a long way and I feel very, very good about having the right person take over the job," he said.
As an assistant hockey coach last season, Martinelli said Singer's longtime experience in sports education and coaching are what made him the best candidate for the position. "He's established himself as a head coach. He coached in Europe he's got new ideas and he's got a new coaching style. Clarke has earned his stripes," he said.
In terms of his new position, Singer said he wasted no time getting started and has already begun working towards achieving his goals, which include maintaining and improving a high level of quality recruitment and developing team chemistry between both new and old players.
Also on his list, Singer added he hopes to win the division and finally, make it to the National Championships. "I want to continue the tradition of success here and get to bring back the National Championship," he said.
Martinelli, who said he has complete faith in Singer's abilities, added stepping down was still a difficult decision. However, he maintained it's one he will not regret as he continues in a new full-time position as an athletic administrator. "I love to coach. It's difficult to give up, but it's difficult to coach," he said, adding Singer has a lot of work ahead of him.
Chris Hare, Mustang left-wing and third-year geography student, said although Martinelli's reputation was one of his reasons for attending Western, he is still confident Singer will maintain the hockey program's tradition of excellence. "[Singer] played an active role as assistant coach and was excellent as assistant head hockey coach near the end. He's a younger guy and can relate to the players better."
Ron Watson, director of the school of kinesiology, said he too is extremely pleased with Singer's achievements. "Clarke made a career commitment to coaching he'll be an excellent replacement of Barry. He'll do a great job."
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