Gareth Dixon becomes NIHL 2 Head coach for 2017/18
Cardiff Fire are pleased to announce that Gareth Dixon will be taking over as head coach for the 2017/18 season.
31 year old Dixon has played all his senior career with the Cardiff NIHL/ENL teams playing 254 games for the club. In 2009/10 Gareth went on loan to Romford Raiders in the EPL and this would be the only time he would spend playing his hockey outside of his home town.
Dixon joined the fire in it’s first ever season, winning the league in our first year. He suffered a knee injury during the season that required surgery. He spent last season as an assistant coach with Cardiff Fire after completing his coaching qualifications, winning the league for a 2nd time with the Fire.
Director of Hockey Mark Cuddihy added “I’m really pleased Dix has agreed to take over the head coaching role for the Fire NIHL 2 team. He was a fantastic help to me last year and he’s defiantly ready to lead a team of his own. His experience at this level is great, he’s been with the NIHL teams every year with me and is up there with the most appearances at this level for our club. He knows the league, the players and how we operate and that was important to me. I know he will be pushing guys hard to make the step up to NIHL 1 and he has great people around him to help him.
He will combine the role along with playing and I’m looking forward to seeing him back out on the ice, its horrible having time off with injury and I know he itching to get back to playing. He’s going to be great for the young players and helping them develop to the next stage.”
Gareth continued “I’m excited to be back with the Fire again for a second season coaching following the success of last year. I’m looking forward to stepping up to a head coach role with the Fire ENIHL division 2 team and working with a group of talented players hoping to emulate the successes of the last 2 seasons. We’ve got a good coaching group across the club that will help to develop the players while retaining the enjoyment factor that makes the game so much fun.
I’m also excited to get back on the ice after a year out following surgery and the coaching group we’ve put together will allow me to do so without the worry of running the bench alongside playing. It promises to be an exciting season for both the division 1 and 2 teams and I look forward to seeing how it plays out”