Miniota’s Brad Cole named head coach of the Briercrest Clippers

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The Miniota, MB native brings 11 seasons of North American and European hockey experience to his new role as head coach of the Briercrest Clippers.

Cole played 6 seasons in the WHL for the Saskatoon Blades, the Seattle Thunderbirds, and the Kootenay Ice. He went on to play in the AHL and ECHL before leaving for Europe, spending 6 years playing professionally in Slovenia, Austria, and Italy.

Cole finished his last year at the professional level with the Miniota-Elkhorn C-Hawks last season.

This coaching role will be Cole’s first. He accepted the position after years of contact with Jamie Ramer, Briercrest Hockey’s General Mission Manager. Cole said, “Briercrest always intrigued me as it combines two of my greatest passions: a relationship with Jesus Christ and hockey. In hindsight, I wish I had come as a player years ago.”

“He brings a wealth of experience from all levels of the game,” said Ramer of Cole. “He has experienced and knows what it takes to win a championship and is a great addition to the team as we move forward as a program. It has been very encouraging to get to know Brad over these last number of years.”

Cole will be coaching alongside new assistant coach Matt Melo, a Briercrest alumnus.

The Clippers will hit the ice for training camp August 24th. They will host Augustana for their first regular season game on October 11th.

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