Laurie Barron has been let go as head coach of the Mariners. TINA COMEAU PHOTO
By Tina Comeau
The Yarmouth Junior A Mariners have parted ways with head coach and general manager Laurie Barron.
Team owner Mitch Bonnar says the decision was made, in large part, based on the performance of the team over the past two seasons, most noteably in the playoffs.
Bonnar said it was time for a change. Barron was informed of the decision on April 7.
The Mariners didn't advance past the mini-series in this season's MHL playoffs and the year before they were knocked out in the semi-final round by Amherst.
Bonnar says the search for a new head coach has begun but they'll only start seriously looking for a new coach once all of the junior A teams have finished playing their games this season. Preferably they'll have a new head coach in place by the June MHL draft, he says.
Bonnar says they wish Barron all the best in the future.
Barron had been with the Mariners organization for most of the team's time in Yarmouth, serving, over the past 11 years, as an assistant coach before taking on the role of head coach role. He held the head coach position for the last four years.
After the Mariners were swept by the Valley Wildcats in two games during the MHL mini-series in March, Barron had told the Yarmouth Vanguard, "The past two seasons we have had success in the regular season and at the box office but have failed in the post season and that's how you're rated. For that I feel responsible."
Barron had predicted at that time that there would be changes coming for future seasons.
Although the Mariners had not fared well in the playoffs these past two season, it was a different story in 2012 when the team made it to the third period of overtime in Game 7 of the Kent Cup final against Woodstock. This was after the team had twice rebounded from 3-1 series deficits in their playoff rounds.
Barron had been named the MHL coach of the year following that season and the playoffs.