Ferster to coach Warriors

The Westside Warriors didn’t take long to find a replacement for outgoing coach Darren Yopyk.

The Westside Warriors didn’t take long to find a replacement for outgoing coach Darren Yopyk.

The Warriors hired former SilverBacks coach Rylan Ferster July 26 as its new head coach and general manager after announcing Yopyk’s resignation on July 25.

“I’m honoured and proud to become part of the Westside Warriors organization,” said Ferster, who has 12 years experience in the BC Hockey League, as an assistant coach, head coach and general manager.

“I want to continue the culture that was established here by Mark Howell and then by Darren Yopyk.”

Yopyk resigned after accepting a position as the Western Canadian scout for an NHL team.

Warriors owner Mark Cheyne said he thinks he found the right coach for the job.

“I always had my eye on Rylan,” said Cheyne. “I’m sure he will continue to build on the culture that Mark Howell brought here and the academics that Darren Yopyk brought here.”

Ferster recently moved to Kelowna to take a coaching job with the Pursuit of Excellence but said the offer was too good to turn down a return to the BCHL.

Ferster and the Warriors agreed on a three-year contract with an option.