Dragons Appoint New Head Coach
|Deeside Dragons have signed Lawrence Paul – affectionately known as Lol – as Head CoachÂ ahead of the new Laidler Conference campaign.
The former Telford Tigers star, who was in charge of Deesideâ€™s under-18s and under-16sÂ programme in 2012, will take the reinsÂ of aÂ much-changed side.Â
Last week saw the Dragons become a Red Hockey Club, as part of an agreement brokered with Flintshire County Council.
Red Hockey Director, Paul Baker, expects Lol Paul to play a vital role in building a competitive side.
He said: â€œWhen we first looked at investing in Deeside, we knew straight away that having good contacts would be very important. That is why we identified Lol as the ideal man to develop this club.
â€œHe has the ability to sign players that are familiar with the Dragons, and can also take them forward next season. We want to build a quality squad, and he can do that for us.
â€œOf course, it isnâ€™t just about signing players, and Lol has some great coaching credentials. His time in charge of Deesideâ€™s under-18s and under-16s sides showsÂ he is willing to learn and grow with this club.â€
The introduction of Red Hockey to Deeside has raised expectations of a head-to head battleÂ with other teams in the region next season.
That will alsoÂ include competition for the Laidler Conference title.
Mr Baker added: â€œNext season looks like being incredibly competitive, and weâ€™re focused on creating the best Dragons team we can. It would be great to bring some silverware to Deeside.
â€œThere are a lot of good teams in the Laidler Conference, so nothing will be taken for granted. Lol knows the ice hockey community in the area very well, so he is the ideal appointment.â€
The Deeside Dragons today appointed Laurence Paul has head coach of the Deeside Dragons .
Laurence played hockey for about 42 yearsÂ Started in Liverpool at 12 and went on to play for Liverpool Leopards Winning English 1st division, The icy smith trophy, English cup and the Stein Lager Trophy. In his last year at Liverpool he won player of the year a Trophy that he still have today because of the closure of Liverpool Ice Rink.HeÂ Left Liverpool in 1983 and signed for Altrincham Aces playing in the British Premier League and then Heineken 1st Division and went on to play for Telford Tigers in the late 80s winning the Heineken 1st divisionIn the 90s played for the Deeside Dragons in the English 2nd division playing in the year that Deeside won the treble. The league, the cup and the welsh cup. Which he received player of the year and players player.Â In his late 30s he went to Canada to play in one of the menâ€™s leagues in Ontario mostly for fun with friends, but still learnt a lot of how the game should be played.Â he retired from hockey at the age of 39 , Â Mark Stokes asked me to sign with the Flinshire Freeze, but my injuries over the years caught up and I decide to call it a day.He became a coach about 7 years ago and has coached the u16s at Deeside winning the B league title. The year after I coached the U18 winning another title. The last 2 seasons Laurence has been involved with the Dragons as assistant coach to Â Steve Fellows.
Laurence had these words to say after the announcement today Â “I am so honoured to be named Head coach of the Deeside Dragons, a team I have played for and hold dear to my heart, with a fantastic fan base and superb arena. This is the most exciting time I have ever witnessed at Deeside and the future of the club looks very secure. With new owners Red Hockey and their investment I can only see the club going from strength to strength. With Red Hockey owning the Telford Tigers and significant shares in Manchester and Bracknell, this now is a wonderful platform for Dragons players and juniors to spotlight themselves for their future in hockey.”
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