(ISN) – July 25, 2014 (EDMONTON, AB) – The Edmonton Oil Kings added a lead assistant coach
to their staff Friday as general manager Randy Hansch announced the addition of Ryan
Marsh, 39, spent the last two years as an assistant coach with the University of
Alberta Golden Bears, winning the 2014 University Cup as CIS national champions this
past spring. He has also served as the hockey director for Vimy Ridge Academy for
the past 12 years.
“We’re excited that we’re able to bring Ryan on board. He has years of experience as
a coach, and he’s coming from a winning program at the U of A,” Hansch said. “Ryan
has coached and played at many different levels, including playing in our league,
and we’re very pleased to add someone of his calibre to our staff.”
“I’m honoured and excited to be joining a high end organization like this,” Marsh
added. “Coaching in the WHL is something I’ve been striving to do for a long time,
trying to professionally develop to put myself in position to coach at this level.”
The move also reunites Marsh and Oil Kings head coach Steve Hamilton, who coached
together with the Spruce Grove Saints and Ft. Saskatchewan Traders of the AJHL and
worked together at Vimy Ridge.
“I’ve got a huge amount of respect for the way Steve coaches and handles players. I
got my start as a young coach with Steve, and I’ve always valued a lot of the same
principles that he does,” Marsh said. “To get an opportunity to work with him again
and to do it at this level is really exciting for me.”
Marsh played three seasons with the Tri-City Americans from 1992-95 before spending
five years as a player at the U of A. He began his coaching career with the Traders
before moving on to four years with the Saints. After a single year coaching at
NAIT, Marsh returned to the Saints for one more year before joining the staff at the
U of A.
“He’s had success where he’s been, and it’s important too that he and Steve have
coached together in the past,” Hansch said.