The Widnes Wild Women’s Team have confirmed their coaching line-up for the forthcoming 2019/2020 WNIHL season, during which they aim to be challenging for the National League Division 1 (North) title.
The coaching for the season will be overseen by Jon Little, who will be assisted by Andrew MacKinnon, Michael Parkin and Philip Pearson.
Little played his competitive ice hockey as a netminder for the Trafford Metros team during the Heineken League period and since then has gained a considerable reputation as a coach, working with juniors and at specialised netminder clinics. He was involved with the women’s team as a bench coach during their home matches last season and took on a more formal coaching role towards the end of the campaign.
Andrew MacKinnon started off playing roller hockey and was introduced to ice hockey when he started university in Manchester. MacKinnon has played 110 games for the Manchester Metros university team, scoring 102 goals and 164 assists and has also enjoyed a successful period of coaching with the team. He had a spell as Club President and coached the Metros A Team to Conference, National, Play Off and Varsity titles.
Michael Parkin has most recently been playing recreational ice hockey for the Widnes-based Halton Huskies and Riverside Raiders teams. He also assisted the Wild Women’s team last season and bench-coached the Raiders team during this year’s Summer Classic Cup Competition.
Philip Pearson is a current NIHL Net Minder and has just signed for the YKK-sponsored Widnes Wild men’s team, having played the previous three seasons for their Laidler Division rivals the Bradford Bulldogs. Pearson is the Wild Women’s netminding coach and it is thought that they are the only team in all of the women’s leagues to have a dedicated net-minding coach.
The Widnes Wild NIHL team Head Coach Mike Clancy is also supporting the Women’s team this season, which all adds up to a very impressive coaching line-up for the new campaign.
The Wild Women are always happy to hear from prospective new players – especially anybody with prior league experience – and interested parties are invited to get in touch via social media (@widneswildwomen) in the first instance.