Thursday, May 06, 2010
Bulldogs Official Release...
Alberni Valley Bulldogs make coaching change
Paul Esdale named new General Manager and Head Coach
The Alberni Valley Bulldogs announced today that Nolan Graham is leaving the
organization to pursue a coaching opportunity at the NCAA level, and named Paul Esdale
as the team's new General Manager and Head Coach.
"We'd like to thank Nolan for all of the efforts he put into the Bulldogs organization this
year," said Andy Oakes, President & Governor of the Bulldogs.
"He turned the team
around in a substantial manner and in a very quick period of time. We appreciate
everything he's done and wish him well in his future endeavor of coaching at the NCAA
"The past 14 months in Alberni has been phenomenal." said Graham, who joined the
Bulldogs in March 2009. "The pride and passion that runs throughout the community is
very special and it was unbelievable to be a part of that. I feel very blessed to have had
the opportunity to have begun my coaching career in Alberni."
Paul Esdale, who joined the Bulldogs as Assistant Coach and Assistant General Manager
in September, has been named the Bulldogs new Head Coach and General Manager.
"This is a great opportunity for me," said Esdale. "I'm truly grateful for the recognition
from ownership and I look forward to continuing the momentum we created last
Graham and Esdale coached the Bulldogs throughout the team's successful 2009-2010
season. They were the BCHL regular season's Coastal Conference Champions for the
first time in franchise history, and set a franchise record for regular season wins with 45
of 60 regular season games.
"When we found out Nolan's time with the Bulldogs was coming to an end, we
conducted a full search for a new head coach," said Oakes. "Paul was the leading
candidate coming out of that process. We really feel that Paul's education, playing
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