BOMBERS ANNOUNCE CHANGES AHEAD OF 2019 JUNIOR C SEASON
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The Jr. C Bombers, Barrie’s Hometown Lacrosse Team, have made some front office and schedule changes in advance of the 2019 Ontario Jr C Lacrosse League season, the franchise’s fifth year in the league.
Bombers Fly West
After spending their first four seasons in the OJCLL’s Eastern Conference, the Bombers will be competing in the league’s Western Conference for 2019. The West includes nearby teams such as Caledon, Halton Hills, and Oakville. Other Western teams who will make their first appearances in Barrie this year are Wilmot, Six Nations, Brantford, and Fergus. The shift allows the league to return to two balanced, 8 team conferences and provides the Bombers with new, local competition.
Culp & Gilbert Added in Development Coach Roles
Former National Lacrosse League stars Chad Culp & Jeff Gilbert will be joining the team as Player Development Coaches.
“This is a coup for the Bombers,” noted third year head coach Luke Ringler. “Our players will be able to learn from two men who have succeeded at the junior, senior, professional, and international levels. I’m thrilled that they’ve decided to put their time into developing hometown junior lacrosse.”
Ringler New General Manager
Long-time General Manager Bev Bravener will be transitioning out of the position due to personal reasons. Bravener will remain with the team in a consultant role. Head Coach & Director of Player Personnel, Ringler, will be assuming the position of General Manager immediately.
Bravener has been the team’s General Manager since the Bombers landed in Barrie in 2015. She has been a pivotal figure for Barrie Lacrosse, previously having previously served as President of the Barrie Minor Lacrosse Association.
“I don’t think people realize how important Bev has been to the growth of the game in our area,” observed Bombers’ announcer Jim Lowe. “She was part of the small group of people who helped saved Barrie Minor Lacrosse when it was at risk of collapsing and, during her time as President, recruited many of the volunteers who have helped the organization achieve unprecedented success over the past few years.”
“Her impact on junior lacrosse in our area has been even bigger. Even when the team struggled on the floor during the first two years, she created player & fan experiences that few teams in the OJCLL – and even at other levels of Junior Lacrosse - offer. She created buzz for the players & team through strong marketing and slick gear, built unique partnerships with companies like Chilly Gear, and offered a game day experience that has kept the Bombers among the league leaders in attendance & revenue.”, continued Lowe.
“We are incredibly grateful for everything that Bev has accomplished as GM and will continue to contribute in her new role with the team”, Ringler added.
Hales, Lowe, Ruff Take on Additional Responsibilities
Mike Hales, who has held various roles with the team since 2015, has been named the team’s Privacy Officer. Lowe, known by many as “the Voice of Barrie Lacrosse”, will serve as Governor and represent the team at OJCLL council meetings. Assistant Coach (Defence) Ron Ruff has added the position of Treasurer to his responsibilities.
Assistant Coach (Offence) Jeff Sinkic, Goalie Coach Andrew Dowdell, Trainer Kathy Gittens, Sponsorship Coordinator Tony Biancofiore, and Website Manager Susan West will be continuing in their roles for 2019.
Additional Information & Inquiries
The Jr. C Bombers are Barrie’s Hometown Lacrosse Team, competing in the 16 team Ontario Junior C Lacrosse League. The team features local lacrosse talent between the ages of 16 and 21. The Bombers play their home games at the Holly Hangar, aka the Holly Community Centre, in Barrie.
Eligible players interested in trying out or participating in preseason runs should contact Luke Ringler at firstname.lastname@example.org
For ticket and sponsorship information, please visit www.BombersJrCLacrosse.com or email email@example.com