Oxford City Stars today announce a new Board
Stars Assistant Coach and former player Scott Gough has taken on overall ownership of the NIHL 2 club. He is joined at Board level by Jo Mundy, whose two sons Jake and Josh Florey both play for the Stars, while Greig Box Turnbull has agreed to stay on the Board.
Russell Shrives, James Lodge and James Schall have stepped down as directors due to business and family commitments.
The club’s new regime today thanked James, Russell and James for their “huge contribution” to the Stars.
Scott, who was voted the club’s all-time legend by fans, will maintain his role as Assistant Coach, in addition to his new role.
He said: “It’s a great honour. The club has been a big part of my life for many years and I am looking forward to helping the Stars in a new guise.
“When the opportunity arose, it felt right to get involved. We are passionate about ice hockey and Oxford and are all looking forward to developing the Stars. I am in a position in my business career where I can devote some time and resource to the club.
“The club has made great progress in recent years and we now need to build on the momentum. Our thanks go to Russell, James and James for their huge contribution to the club.”
He added: “There will now be a transition period which is only natural, but we will work quickly.
“One of our core objectives is to work closely with the junior club and start working on a strategy to create a pathway for junior development in Oxford.”
Jo, who is experienced in finance, said: “The Stars are a vital part of the Oxford community and on a personal level are a big part of my family life, as my sons have grown up playing for the club. It’s our passion and one we take seriously, and I am delighted to have been given this opportunity to contribute at a senior level.”
Greig said: “It’s been a whirlwind couple of weeks for everyone involved. It’s been a pleasure working with Russell, James and James and they have worked so incredibly hard and selflessly for the club. Between us we have achieved so much and forged great friendships. Scott asked me if I would stay on and help the club and I agreed. It is a big challenge and there’s a lot to be done.”