The Merritt Centennials are proud to announce that they’ve found the person who will be sharing the bench with Head Coach Barry Wolff.
Derek Sweet-Coulter has been named Assistant Coach and Assistant GM for the 2019-20 season.
Sweet-Coulter was formerly the Head Coach and GM of the Red Lake Miners of the SIJHL for the past 4 seasons. Derek had a record year, as he was awarded Coach of the Year in the SIJHL, as well as getting recognized with an honourable mention for the CJHL’s Coach of the Year for his efforts this past season. Behind the bench last season, with the Miners, he went 38-15-3 leading his team to a 2nd place finish. The season concluded in the SIJHL Bill Salonen Cup Finals, falling to the Thunder Bay North Stars. Sweet-Coulter’s coaching experience has also included working on the coaching staff for Team Canada West at the World Junior A Challenge as an assistant coach in 2017 and 2018, winning gold and bronze medals respectively.
Head Coach and General Manager Barry Wolff says Sweet-Coulter will bring a wealth of experience to the organization.
“We would like to thank all the applicants that applied for the assistant coach position, we had several qualified coaches apply. Derek’s professionalism, passion, and experience was something that we felt would be a strong asset to our assistant coach and assistant general manager position.”
The Centennials organization would like to welcome Derek and his family to the Nicola Valley, and look forward to his contributions this coming season.