Ramblers’ coaching vacancy creating plenty of interest

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Interviews could begin next weekend

The Amherst Ramblers have seen plenty of interest in the search for a replacement for Jim Bottomley.

The Amherst Ramblers have seen plenty of interest in the search for a replacement for Jim Bottomley.

AMHERST – Two weeks after parting ways with its coach and general manager, the Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers have seen plenty of interest from people wanting the job.

“We’ve had a lot of interest. We’ve received 18 resumes and of those there are four or five quality people that we’d like to interview,” team president Jim Henwood said Thursday.

While Henwood would not reveal who has applied for the job, he said there is a good mix of younger coaches and veteran ones and he expects more applications will be received once the Maritime Junior Hockey League playoffs wrap up this week.

“We’ve been hearing there could be more interest out there and there may be some who probably won’t apply until the league playoffs are over,” Henwood said.

While there is no deadline for applications, Henwood said the selection committee of himself, Keith Blenkhorn and Billy Chapman would like to begin holding interviews as early as next weekend.

However, he added, the team is not in a hurry to find a replacement for Bottomley and is prepared to hire someone to manage the draft for the club in June.

“When we get down to it and begin interviewing people we’re not going to hire someone just for the sake of hiring someone. We want to have the right person and if that means going back to square one then that’s what we’ll do,” Henwood said. “We’re not going to rush this.”

The team has been without a coach and general manager since April 11 when the club terminated its contract with Jim Bottomley. The decision came after the Ramblers were eliminated in seven games by the Weeks Crushers in the Eastlink Division semifinal series.

Henwood said the selection committee is going to stick to its requirement that the next coach live in or around the Amherst area. The team, he said, is not going to hire someone from Moncton and let them continue living in Moncton while coaching the Ramblers.

“They will have to live in the Amherst area,” Henwood said. “I’ve had a lot of people say that we let Jim go because of money. Money was an issue with transportation costs, but we need someone in the community to get the team involved in the community. That has been lacking the last couple of years. The team has to be visible in the community and that’s just not at the rink on game day.”

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Organizations: Amherst CIBC Wood Gundy Ramblers, Maritime Junior Hockey League, Eastlink Division

Geographic location: AMHERST, Moncton

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  • wingman
    April 25, 2014 - 11:39

    I think someone on the present coaching Tim and/or Jammie should also be involved in the hiring of a new coach. After all they are going to have to work with them