The English River Miners are pleased to announce the hiring of Derek Sweet-Coulter as their new General Manager and Head Coach for the 2015-16 SIJHL season. Derek grew up in Victoria, British Columbia where he played the majority of his minor hockey. At the age of 15 Derek attended Notre Dame College in Wilcox, Saskatchewan for two years. He began his junior hockey career at the age of 17, where he played 5 seasons in junior hockey, spending time in the BCHL, AJHL and the SJHL, finishing his career in the HJHL in Central Alberta. Derek has been involved in hockey for the last 25 years as both a player and coach. This will be his ninth season as a Head Coach at the Junior level. Derek coached in Edmonton’s CJHL for 5 seasons with the Strathcona Bruins and Edmonton Mustangs. Derek spent three years at the helm of the Bruins taking them from a three win season in 2008 to 20 wins in 2011. As Head Coach with the Mustangs for two years, Derek’s teams finished with a 39-32-5 regular season record and went 4-3 in the playoffs. Derek spent last season with the Vegreville Rangers of the NEAJHL.
Derek is extremely excited to be joining the Miners family and looks forward to building relationships within the communities of Ear Falls and Red Lake.
Humility, Integrity and Courage is the basis of Derek’s program.
On behalf of the Miner organization we would like to welcome Derek to the family and wish him success in his first season as Head Coach and General Manager.