Everett Silvertips fire head coach
Everett general manager to take over coaching duties
EVERETT — The Everett Silvertips, in last place of the U.S. Division of the Western Hockey League but still currently the No. 8 seed for the Western Conference playoffs, fired their head coach and assistant coach Tuesday.
Mark Ferner, the head coach, and Chris Hartsburg, one of his assistants, were let go effective immediately. Team general manager Garry Davidson will take over the head-coaching duties on an interim basis, and Mitch Love will continue in his role as an assistant coach.
"It's important for us to ensure that everyone in our organization operates under the same philosophy and shares the same vision of building a program that is among the WHL's elite." Davidson said.
Davidson will serve as coach through the remainder of the season, and Love will act as the lone assistant.
"In the short term, our goals have not changed," Davidson said. "We will continue developing our young team and still plan to contend for a playoff spot. When the offseason arrives, we'll conduct an extensive search."
The Silvertips open a five-game homestand Friday against Victoria at 7:35 p.m.
"Mark Ferner and Chris Hartsburg deserve a great deal of respect and appreciation for all the hard work they have put in during their time with the Silvertips," Davidson said.
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From association reports.