With the first day of class just a week away, basketball programs throughout the CIS are putting the final touches on their respective benches. The Lakehead Thunderwoves are no different as they introduced a revamped staff to training camp last week in Thunder Bay.
Returning to the bench from last season are three former 'Wolves including lead assistant Matt Erdman back for his 7th year working with Coach Morrison. Rejoining Erdman on the bench will be Pat Charlebois and Andrew Quirion who both joined the staff prior to the 2010-11 season.
New to the pack are three coaches with a combined 12 years of CIS playing experience at their respective schools.
Nathan Johnson of Pictou, NS (and brother of guard Ben Johnson), moves to Thunder Bay and switched back to the Men's side of coaching after helping the StFX women's team to the CIS Final 8 as an assitant coach last season. Johnson also has experience on the national level as an off-season intern with Canada Basketball.
Another maritimer, Mark English, joins the team after a playing career at Memorial University in Newfoundland where he also was an assistant coach for the past two seasons.
No stranger to Lakehead fans the final addition to the staff is Jamie Searle. Searle is one of the most decorated players in LU history capping an excellent career with an OUA Championship last season.
"We are very fortunate to have such an energetic and experienced staff working with the program this season. With a number of young players on the roster, the future of the team will rely heavily on the ability of our coaches to share their knowledge and help in the all-around development. I am excited to have so many coaches with championship experience on the bench and looking forward to going into the OUA season with them." - Coach Scott Morrison
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