Swift Current Broncos
The Swift Current Broncos have turned to a provincial rival for their new associate coach, with Josh Dixon joining the Broncos coaching staff after three seasons with the Regina Pats.
Dixon served as an assistant coach with the Pats since the start of the 2011-2012 season, but resigned from the Regina staff back in June. Regina topped the WHL's East Division this past campaign with a 39-26-0-7 record but they were eliminated from the opening round of playoffs despite owning the second seed in the Eastern Conference.
“The experience he has in the league is one thing, but what sticks out are his organizational skills and work ethic,” Broncos Head Coach and General Manager Mark Lamb said of his reasons to add Dixon to the coaching staff.
“He is well educated and qualified to do all of the off ice training and oversee the fitness aspect of the Broncos organization as well,” added Lamb.
During the off season the Pats changed ownership from Russ and Diane Parker to the Queen City Sports and Entertainment Group Ltd., and this past seasons' coaching staff of head coach Malcolm Cameron, plus assistant coaches Dixon and Bill McGuigan, are no longer with the franchise.
“I’m feeling ecstatic to work with Mark Lamb and his staff,” commented Josh Dixon from Penticton, BC where he is participating in a charity golf tournament.
“I’m very excited to join the team they have in place and contribute this season,” said Dixon.
Prior to his WHL experience, Dixon was the Head Coach at the Okanagan Hockey Academy, plus he served as an assistant with Mount Royal in the ACAC.
Dixon replaces Darren Evjen who stepped down as associate coach last month after four seasons with the Broncos.