The Merry-go-round continues in Cowichan Valley.
Trail resident and former Smoke Eater coach Jim Ingram has stepped down as the coach of the Cowichan Valley Capitals.
A decision was reached “after much discussion between management, ownership and coaching staff,’’ read a statement from the B.C. Hockey League club, to replace Ingram with assistant coach Aaron Plumb.
The Capitals then hired its former head coach Darren Rodney as an assistant to Plumb.
The decision comes just over a week after majority owner Stew Gordon announced he had reached an agreement to sell the team at season’s end.
Ingram rebuilt the Capitals from the ground up last year, leading the surprising team to a third-place finish in the Coastal Conference with 36 wins, 16 losses, one tie, and seven overtime losses. The Caps lost in seven games to Surrey in the playoffs, but was never able to get back on track this season, having won just 10 of 40 games.
Ingram expressed his gratitude for his time at the helm in Cowichan in a statement. “What you have here is a great group of boys,’’ he pointed out. “They are committed to one another in their desire to move forward. I wish these boys and the Capitals’ organization much success in the future. I know that the team will continue in their work ethic in the hopes of being the best team they can.’’
The Caps are currently last overall in the BCHL.
With files from BCHL.ca