Oxford City Stars Appoint Head Coach
Current Head Coach of Ireland, Kenny Redmond, has joined Oxford City Stars to lead the club in its NIHL2 South campaign this coming season.
Redmond will take control of the Stars roster, recruitment plans, and game day strategies for the 2017/18 season. Kenny will work closely with Head of Hockey Operations Darryl Morvan to build a strong pathway to nurture and grow talent from within Oxford alongside the addition of new players to the city.
Redmond had recently been coaching rivals Bracknell Hornets, before agreeing to join Chelmsford Chieftains days before the much talked about NIHL Conference system collapsed, leaving Redmond without a position. Fortunately the Stars were able to step in, and as a result have secured Redmond’s services for the coming season.
Glasgow born Kenny had an extensive playing career with spells in his hometown Glasgow, Basingstoke and Paisley, playing in over 450 matches across a 20 year spell.
Redmond declared “After what already seems a long off season due to the re-structuring of the leagues, I’m delighted to be Head Coach at Oxford City Stars. The club has a great history in British ice hockey, and the current Directors have worked very hard to build the club up to what it is today. They have a great structure in place and already have a large passionate fan base. My objective is to provide an exciting and competitive team and also to work in conjunction with Darryl Morvan and Jeff Sykora to help produce local Stars for the future. I feel with the players we have already signed, and with a few more to be added, it will be an exciting season to look forward to. Having coached against the Stars last season I’ve no doubt that the backing and passion from the fans will be like having a 6th skater on the ice. Let’s Go Stars!”
Stars Head of Hockey Operations Darryl Morvan added “I’m really pleased that we’ve managed to land Kenny as Head Coach. We have a lot of history, both as players and also in coaching, having worked together at Southwest Conference, and I hold Kenny in the highest esteem. As soon as I took on the role of Head of Hockey Operations, and found out that Kenny might be available, I was straight on the phone to him. Kenny sets high standards not only for the players but also for himself. He’s got a proven record of developing young players and I’m confident he’ll get the best from the team, and I’m really pleased that we’ve got such an experienced coach.”