EVERETT – The Everett Silvertips of the
Western Hockey League today announced the return of Assistant Coach Mark
LeRose and Goaltending Coach Shane Clifford, both of whom are back to
reprise the same roles they previously held within the organization.
LeRose and Clifford join Head Coach Kevin Constantine and returning
Assistant Coach Mitch Love to complete Everett’s coaching staff for the
2013-14 WHL season.
happy to welcome both Mark and Shane back to the coaching staff of the
Everett Silvertips,” said General Manager Garry Davidson. “Both are
talented coaches who are very familiar with the expectations of our
organization and have worked closely with Head Coach Kevin Constantine
in the past. Along with Mitch Love, we feel confident that we’ve put
together a group of quality coaches who will help us return to the top
of the Western Hockey League.”
43, first served as a Silvertips Assistant Coach under John Becanic
from 2007 to 2009. He left Everett to join Kevin Constantine with the
Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League in 2009-10; the most recent
experience the two had working together since LeRose first worked with
Constantine as a Coaching Staff Assistant with the NHL’s Pittsburgh
Penguins in 1999-2000. He earned a Head Coach opportunity with the
NAHL’s Wichita Falls Wildcats in 2010-11 before spending the past two
seasons overseas in Austria and Sweden, where he coached in both the
junior and professional ranks.
Calgary, Alberta native who makes his home in Aspen, Colorado, LeRose
has also worked as an Assistant Coach with the University of Wisconsin
(NCAA) and the Sioux Falls Stampede (USHL). He formerly ran USA Hockey
programs throughout the state of Colorado and was Head Coach at Aspen
High School. LeRose will focus much of his attention on skating and
skill development in his return to the Silvertips.
42, previously served as Everett’s Goaltending Coach for five seasons
between 2003 and 2009, helping to develop top WHL netminder Jeff Harvey
and future NHL prospects Mike Wall, Leland Irving and Kent Simpson along
the way. He spent the 2005-06 season as Goaltending Coach for the
NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins, where he tutored future Stanley Cup Champion
Marc-Andre Fleury. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Clifford has owned
and operated the Shane Clifford Goalie School just outside Pittsburgh,
Pennsylvania since 2000, building it into one of the premier goalie
training schools in the United States.
ending a professional playing career in the International Hockey League
and ECHL, Clifford has also coached goaltenders for the
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (AHL), Johnstown Chiefs (ECHL), Ohio
State University (NCAA), Youngstown Phantoms (USHL), Wenatchee Wild
(NAHL) and Les Ducs d'Angers (French Elite League). He replaces
previous Goaltending Coach Taylor Dakers, who left the Silvertips after
two seasons to pursue opportunities closer to his home in Alberta.
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