The Nanaimo Clippers have named former Vernon Lakers forward Darren Naylor new VP/Director of Hockey Operations.
Naylor is in his third season as head coach with the Clippers. Naylor replaced former Vernon Vipers head coach/gm Mike Vandekamp as the new head coach/gm of the Nanaimo Clippers December 21st 2017. Naylor retired from hockey in 1996 was a scout or coaching since 2005. Naylor was the head coach/gm of the PIJHL Delta Ice Hawks before joining the Clippers.
Naylor played parts of one season in Vernon with the 1989-90 Vernon Lakers. In 20 games with the Lakers Naylor collected (8-goals-27-assists-35-points).
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Naylor named Vice President
December 23, 2019
Midseason is not always the best time to make changes in a junior A hockey organization but with the year-end quickly approaching, the Nanaimo Clippers have shuffled their front office staff increasing the responsibility for both Tali Campbell and Daren Naylor. Tali Campbell has become the GM/Director of Business Operations whereas Darren Naylor is now the VP/Head Coach/Director of Hockey Operations.
Wes Mussio, owner of the Nanaimo Clippers noted, “My original plan from day 1 was to find a person who can manage the day to day business side of not only the Clippers team but also the other side sporting ventures like the Nanaimo Timbermen Senior B Lacrosse team. A year ago, I took on a much larger role as the operations were not heading in the right direction. Since then, a few staffing changes, most notably Tali Campbell, has lessened my workload. Darren Naylor has done a fabulous job as well in taking on added managerial responsibilities and definitely has improved the hockey product on the ice. Therefore, I made a personal decision to step away from the day-to-day operations and leave it in the capable hands of Tali and Darren.”
As the VP, Darren Naylor will now be in charge of more of the overall business decisions not only with the Nanaimo Clippers but with other sports programs run by the Mussio Sporting Group. As Darren Naylor is very much enjoying coaching the Nanaimo Clippers, this office shuffle will not change much when it comes to the actual hockey operations. These promotions simply add more higher-level management duties to both Tali Campbell and Darren Naylor’s day-to-day activities.
Darren Naylor noted; “With the move to VP, it will allow me the time needed to focus on the hockey operations alleviating the demanding day-to-day business operations. Moving forward with an older team this season and an expected high turn-over rate at the end of the season, there is a lot of work to be done on the hockey side of things to ensure the Clippers are consistently at the top of the BCHL. My true passion is building teams and along with Wes Mussio, after a couple seasons, I believe we have established that on the ice as well as off the ice. Along with Tali’s new position solidifying the front office and the recent promotions and extensions on the hockey side given to Associate Coach Colin Birkas, Assistant/ Video coach Ken McPhalen and Athletic Therapist Gaelle Bergeron, the Clippers’ off ice team is solid. Obviously it’s a nice promotion and like the players, it is nice to be rewarded for the work that’s been done to date.”