St. Marys Lincolns have a new head coach, and he’s a former assistant coach with the Western Conference team.
Londoner Mike Crespeigne, 41, spent all of the 2011-12 season as an assistant under head coach Jamie Baker. However, Crespeigne was relieved of his duties in early November of this past season by former general manager Warren Nye.
In a tumultous 2012-13 season, Baker was released on Dec. 2 and Steve Hillier finished the season as interim head coach. Hillier, also a London resident, began the season as an assistant and was apparently one of the men interviewed this spring for the head coaching position.
Bill Bourne, a long-time member of Lincs’ management group, was recently appointed the new GM.
Lincs, meanwhile, finished last in the nine-team Western loop, missing the playoffs for the first time in 13 seasons.
Several candidates interviewed
“The executive have reviewed and interviewed numerous applicants (six) and believe that it was important to have a coach that was passionate about the team, had a winning attitude and could also lead a group of young players and develop them into Sutherland Cup contenders,” club president Steve Stapleton said in an e-mail to the Journal Argus Monday morning.
“It was important as part of the interviewing process to get to know and understand the individuals and their motivations. It became apparent from some of the applicants that they were more motivated to self promotion and lacked commitment to the team and that weighed heavily in the decision making. The successful applicant also needed to be able to communicate and to be accountable. The final two candidates both had great qualifications and instilled many of the qualities we wanted in a coach.
“It was only after long discussions that the executive decided to offer the position to Mike Crespeigne. Mike is a leader and a motivator that can get the best from the players. He is a winner and we need to get back on that path,” Stapleton said in the e-mail.
Crespeigne coached Lucan Irish, Lincs’ Jr. ‘C’ affiliate, in 2010-11. Prior to that, he was at the helm of Mt. Brydges Bulldogs for six seasons (2003-09). In addition to head coach, Crespeigne was the GM in Mt. Brydges his last three years.
His overall record with the Bulldogs was 130-53-17.