Former Maritime Junior Hockey League and university forward, Brogan Bailey, who once served as South Shore Lumberjacks' assistant coach, is now the local Junior A franchise's latest head coach.
The Lunenburg resident, 30, promises a change in the team's culture and the ways players are treated. Bailey told LighthouseNOW he wants to ensure a high-quality on-ice product that instills trust among staff and coaches.
Bailey once led the South Shore Mustangs U-18 team to first place finish and was named Nova Scotia U18 Coach of the Year for 2019-2020, and intends to keep his team strong, fast, and more agile.
"You're definitely going to see a fast product and definitely a very highly skilled team," Bailey explained to LighthouseNOW. "They should be fun to watch."
His goal is to make the play-offs in 2020-21. The longer-term aim is to see championship banners adorning the rafters at the Lunenburg County Lifestyle Centre.
Bailey expressed interest in the Lumberjacks position as the "logical next step" in his sports career.
In May, the team announced hockey operations general manager (GM) and head coach Kyle McAllister was no longer with the club as part of what the team described as an "operational reorganization."
Brad Muise, who took over the post as GM of hockey ops, is familiar with Bailey's coaching expertise and likes how he connects with players when dealing with them on-or-off the ice.
"He's extremely talented in the teaching aspects and being able to communicate what he's looking for and what he's trying to teach," Muise told LighthouseNOW.
"He's very efficient in getting the message across; I find he's a time-saver in that department."
Muise suggests Bailey is creative in offering different approaches to keep energy levels high.
"Guys won't get bored," he said.
The 2020-21 version of the 'Jacks will be fast, competitive, and a good mix of youth and experience, Muise indicated, echoing Bailey's perspective of qualifying for the big year-end tournament and where anything is possible. "We've got to make the playoffs," he said.