– The Trail Smoke Eaters board of directors have voted to relieve head
coach and general manager Bill Birks of his duties, effective Wednesday.
Birks joined the Smoke Eaters organization as an assistant coach under
Jim Ingram in the summer of 2010, and was named head coach in May of
“With the slow start to the season, the board felt it
was time to make a change,” said Smoke Eaters president Tom Gawryletz in
“We thank Bill for everything he has done during his 3
and a half years with our club and wish him the best in the future,”
Assistant coaches Barry Zanier and Craig
Clare will take over as interim head coaches. The club will now begin
the search for a full-time head coach.
(Nathan can be reached at email@example.com)