Simon Leach stands down.
Coach Simon Leach has confirmed he will not be returning to the Billingham Stars next season.
Simon explained that his decision had been a difficult one;
â€œI felt unable to commit 100% to another season at Billingham, I am in the process of starting a new business and I am not confident that I can give the level of commitment requiredâ€.
â€œAnyone who knows me is aware that I always give 100% to any job I take onâ€.
â€œI have had an offer from Whitley Bay, but I am still weighing up taking that positionâ€.
â€œTravelling time to Billingham for training and games is an issue, I have had a long hard think, about my new work commitments and the travelling to Billingham, it was a difficult decision and one that I have not taken lightlyâ€.
â€œI was welcomed with open arms at Billingham by players and fans, I have explained my reasons to Allen Flavell, and I depart on good terms with the clubâ€.
â€œBillingham is one of the best organised clubs (at all levels) Â I have had the pleasure to be involved inâ€.
â€œI would like to thank the directors Allen, Terry and Brian for their supportâ€.
â€œI would like to thank the players for their hard work and commitment, and the fans who got behind us as a team. The approach from Whitley was not a deciding factor; the decision was as good as made before they got in touchâ€.
â€œI was gutted not to bring any silverware to Billingham this season, and I wish whoever takes over the role every success next seasonâ€.
Billingham Stars director and general manager Allen Flavell thanked Simon for his work this year;
â€œSimon gave us 100% including taking to the ice when the injury crisis really hit us, that was never part of his contract, but it proves the commitment he gives in his coaching roleâ€.
â€œWe came second in all competitions in a much improved and stronger league, the points we won this season would have taken the league title a year earlierâ€.
â€œAll of us at Billingham Ice Hockey Club wish Simon all the best for his future.â€