Written by Lucas Wilson
Langford – Victoria’s Westshore Rebels have announced that they have added two members to their executive board: Doug Kobayashi has been named executive director/president, and Jim ten Hove has been named executive member at large. Both men bring a wide range of business and management experience to the Rebels, and they are looking to help move the organization forward. They will be joining the current Rebels board, which consists of: Janine Boice, Rob Cherneff, Sue Fournier, Doug Morison, Michelle Nouwens, Jason Sperling and Shanda Sperling.
Kobayashi has retired after a successful career in the U.S. as a mechanical engineer in the aerospace technology industry, and he now runs Think Strategy, a management-consulting firm. Kobayashi is also very active in the Westshore community, serving on committees in both the City of Colwood and the City of Langford. Koybayashi is also the current president of the Westshore Chamber of Commerce.
"I am extremely excited and honoured to volunteer my time to help the Westshore Rebels,” said Kobayashi, “My primary goal is to help build a successful and sustainable organization that will grow based on a foundation of sound processes and systems. We not only want to build a football club that our community will be proud to call its own, but we want to develop good young men into better ones."
ten Hove also brings an abundance of experience having spent 25 years serving in the Canadian military and attaining a rank of Warrant Officer. He has also spent time with the UN and NATO in his career. Since retiring from the military, ten Hove has been an important member of the Westshore community. He has spent nearly 20 years with Colwood Rotary club, worked with and managed the Saunders family foundation, and is on the board of directors with the Salvation Army Church.
“I have been a football fan for many years,“ commented ten Hove, “Growing up in Winnipeg and attending many Bomber games, so it is natural for me to be able to offer some assistance to the Westshore Rebels organization. I am a passionate person and excited to be a part of a growing sport which is shaping young men for their futures.”
Head coach JC Boice is enthusiastic about the experience that Kobayashi and ten Hove bring to the table. "I am extremely excited to have Doug and Jim join the team,” said Boice, “They are professionals that are bringing a depth of experience that will greatly benefit Rebels.” Boice sees Kobayashi and ten Hove as key components in moving the Rebels forward into 2016. “We have already felt the immediate impact that Doug and Jim are going to have on this program,” added Boice, “It is great working with them and they set a very positive tone for 2016.”
Coach Boice in a New Role
While JC Boice is returning as the head coach for 2016, the Rebels have announced that Boice has also been named General Manager of the team. Boice brings years of sports management experience to this role, including his current role as the executive director of football operations for U.S. based football development organization, National Football Academies. “I am honored to be named general manager of the Rebels,” said Boice, “I am anxious to further lend my experience to continue to grow this program.”
To finish off the front office moves, Shanda Sperling has been elected as logistics coordinator. She will be overseeing off-field activities for the Rebels, and assisting Kobayashi and Boice in the team’s operations.