Clan appoint Pete Russell as new head coach

 Clan have announced the appointment of Pete Russell as the club’s new head coach.

 
Russell joins from EIHL rivals the Milton Keynes Lightning where he was head coach between 2015 and 2018.
 
The 43-year-old Scot has coached the Bracknell Bees, Slough Jets and Swindon Wildcats in the EPL winning the playoffs and cup on two separate occasions.
 
Since 2015, Russell has been head coach of the Great Britain National team, winning a World Championships Gold Medal last year.
 
New Clan head coach Pete Russell commented: “I’ve been away from Scotland for a long time and I almost got the chance to come last year, but the timing wasn’t right for me and my family.
 
“Coming from the West of Scotland, coming to the Clan is a dream move for me. My mum and dad live 35 miles from the rink and I’ve got family in Glasgow so selfishly, it wasn’t something I could turn down.
 
“For me, it’s about building relationships with the fans and getting the players and fans together with an exciting, hardworking, blue collar, brand of hockey, which is what Glasgow is all about.
 
“I want to bring people into the arena and help get them off their seats.  When that building gets going, it can be a cauldron and I’m excited to join the Clan.”
 
Clan Hockey & Operations Director Gareth Chalmers commented: “We are delighted to welcome Pete and his family to the Braehead Clan.
 
“We thought it was very important to appoint someone who is well established in the British game, someone who not only knows the EIHL but also has a strong connection to Glasgow.
 
“In appointing Pete, we have the Clan’s first ever Scottish head coach, someone who already understands the demands of being head coach of a Glasgow sports team.
 
“After discussions with Pete it was very apparent that he shares the passion of the Purple Army in competing for major trophies.
 
“Work is already well underway for the 2018/19 season and Pete has already started the process on recruiting his main targets.”

Neil Tucker

Neil has written on ice hockey for many websites concentrating on British ice hockey mostly. Neil also covers ice hockey in other countries and organises his Blueliner Hockey Tour. A graduate of the Manchester Metropolitan University Neil turned his hand to hockey writing in 2009. As well as contributing on Blueliner Hockey Neil has contributed to Get Real Hockey and Slapshot Magasine.

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