Rebecca Russell named new head coach of Caribous

General manager calls former assistant “first choice”

Published on January 12, 2016
General manager Ivan Hapgood and new head coach Rebecca Russell on the bench during the Jan. 2 game at the EEC vs the Grand Falls-Windsor Cataracts.
Jonathan Parsons photo

Rebecca Russell has gone from being the first female on a coaching staff in Newfoundland Senior Hockey history to the first female head coach ever in the league.

In a press release issued today, the Clarenville Ford Caribous announced Rebecca as the next head coach of the organization.

Caribous player and cousin to Rebecca, Dustin Russell, stepped down as head coach at the beginning of the new year to return to the ice as a full time player.


“It’s her team”

Team general manager Ivan Hapgood called Rebecca the top candidate from the start.

“At the beginning of the 2015-16 season, Rebecca was my first choice,” said Hapgood in the release. “But unfortunately she was unable to accept the position due to prior commitments, which we understood totally.”

With the announcement, Rebecca will be the final decision maker on the bench for the Bous for the remainder of the season, with the exception of the Jan. 23-24 weekend at home against the Gander Flyers. She cannot make the game due to prior commitments.

Ivan will join her as an assistant coach along with Andrew Hapgood.

“I’m very pleased with the outcome of Rebecca joining us full time as head coach.” said Ivan.

The Packet will have more on this story going forward.