Two new roles for Ashley Tait
Genting Casino Coventry Blaze Head Coach Danny Stewart has confirmed that Ashley Tait will become his Assistant Coach for the forthcoming season.
The Great Britain International will still continue to play and also take on a back-room office role with responsibilities for the Commercial side of the club.
"It looks like I am going to be a busy guy," said the 40-year-old. "But seriously I am really looking forward to both of these new opportunities. On the commercial side I am looking forward to learning more from the business point of view, it's obviously a different area of the game for me to learn about and I can’t wait to get stuck in."
Head of Hockey Operations James Pease said of the off-ice responsibility that Tait will take upon:
"Ashley has been a great servant of the club and when the position became available he jumped at the opportunity. It works well as it is a part-time role so will allow him to continue with his playing and coaching career. He is a very passionate, intelligent and driven individual and I have no doubt he will be very successful in his new role."
Reflecting on the Assistant Coach role, Tait who became only the sixth player to make 700 appearances in Elite League competitions last season said:
"I really look forward to working with Danny. It's exciting for me to be involved in the coaching side of things again. It’s something I have done before and when I was asked to become Danny’s assistant I jumped at the opportunity."
Stewart, who earlier today confirmed that Renny Marr and David Clements will be returning to the Skydome next season reflected:
"Having an experienced guy like Ash is a huge resource for myself and this club. He has an invaluable amount of experience at this level, is very well respected around the league and most importantly in our room. I will rely heavily on him, along with our leadership group to keep our room a good place, whilst also helping me on the coaching front. Having someone to confide in and trust is important and the fact that he continues to play at a high level allows him to lead by example and help keep guys motivated and on the right course."