Hornets fire coach, Birkett to take over bench in the
interim, add to roster
January 9, 2014
The Alliston Hornets have lost three of their last four games including
to this year's league lesser lights from Erin and Fergus, and it cost
Ed Garinger his coaching job.
A statement issued by the organization this morning stated Garinger was
cut loose after "the Executive decided the team wasn't moving in the
right direction with playoffs around the corner."
"Clay Birkett the Director of Hockey Operations will take over the Head
Coaching duties (starting Sunday in Midland), assisted by former Captain and Coach Kyle
McDowell," according to the press release. "Assistant Coaches Scott
Hutchinson and Trevor Belrose will remain part of the Coaching Team.
Former Coach and Executive Darrin Shannon will also play a big part in
the day to day operations of the team."
The team was apprised of the changes last night prior to practice.
Garinger joined the Hornets after Sandy McCarthy left the bench to take
over the coaching duties in Caledon. Garinger had led Midland and
Stayner to the league finals in the previous two seasons, losing both
to the Hornets.
Alliston currently sits tied in second place with Schomberg, seven
points behind league leaders Penetang Kings. They've lost seven games in regulation at the 32-game mark, which is the most since the team's championship streak started in 2006.
The Hornets host Caledon Friday night at the NTRC, and travel to
Midland Sunday. The team was not only busy behind the bench, but at the
Jr. C trading deadline added 18-year-old defenceman Wyatt Young from
the Orillia Terriers, and 18-year-old forward Mike Barrasso comes over