Changes behind Thunder bench
Chris Levis is stepping down as head coach of the junior team but will remain as a part-time associate coach. The move down is because Levis is returning to play one more season in the Western Lacrosse Association.
Replacing him will be Dave Wilfong, who guided the intermediate Thunder to a third-place finish at the provincial championships.
Wilfong played 15 seasons in the WLA for the Vancouver Burrards and Coquitlam Adanacs. He twice attended the Mann Cup as a player.
His coaching resume includes winning provincial and national championships at the midget A1 level, as well as taking a junior A team to the Minto Cup championships.
Rob Dalzell will be an assistant coach. Dalzell is a former scoring champ at both the intermediate and junior A level. He also played in the 1980 Minto Cup under Wilfong. At the WLA level, Dalzell was the league rookie of the year and an all-star.
And with Wilfong’s promotion to the junior Thunder, Chase Porter takes over as head coach of the intermediate Thunder.
Porter played for the Thunder until 2010 and gained coaching experience last year as head coach of the Chilliwack midget A1 squad.
“We believe that we have the depth and experience to take our program to the next level,” said Thunder general manager Brock Rose.
Both Thunder teams begin workouts later this month.