Signs pointing toward a Constantine return

The Silvertips have scheduled a press conference for 2 p.m. Thursday at the Everett Events Center, and it’s looking even more like former Everett coach Kevin Constantine will be returning to the Tips.

Kamloops Daily News sports editor reported earlier this week that Constantine would be introduced as Everett’s new head coach Thursday. Well, the “Thursday” part of that prediction has come true. As for the Constantine part, information gathered the past couple days from additional sources has reinforced the notion that Constantine is the man.

So how about that? When Mark Ferner was fired in January, I would have taken all bets on Constantine being named Everett’s next head coach. I just couldn’t see it. While there was a certain amount of sentiment regarding the possibility of Constantine making a triumphant return, I had a hard time seeing the dots connect. While Constantine has a history with the Tips, he doesn’t have a history with Davidson (as far as I know). And Davidson stressed the desire to play an up-tempo offensive style, and Constantine is known as a defensive coach.

But Everett has been wandering the WHL wilderness since Constantine left in 2007. With the exception of the Radko Gudas-inspired 2009-10 season, the Tips have pretty much been the textbook definition of also-rans the past six seasons. If it is indeed Constantine, the Tips must believe his return will help kick-start Everett — particularly from an emotional standpoint — back into relevance.

This would be a somewhat different situation than the one Constantine walked into in 2003 when he took over Everett as an expansion franchise. On the one hand the Tips’ results the past couple years are similar to what one would expect from an expansion-type team. However, this is supposedly an Everett team on the rise, with some nice young pieces to build around. So Constantine would have more to work with initially.

But are these the right players to play Constantine’s style? Or can Constantine adjust his style to suit the players and the way Davidson wants to play? Why would Davidson choose Constantine, a coach who at first glance doesn’t appear to fit into his playing-style requirements? And what would motivate Constantine to want to return to the junior ranks after six seasons in the pros?

These are the questions that will be on my mind, should Constantine be the one who steps up to the podium Thursday.

More in Sports

Sounders clinch playoff spot with 4-0 win over FC Dallas

Seattle gets two second-half goals from Will Bruin as it earns the right to defend its MLS Cup

Cascade senior finds ‘freedom’ with help of football

After escaping oppression in Iraq, Bruins kicker Sarmad Aqrawi forges a new life in the U.S.

Turner, Dodgers walk off with a victory in Game 2 of NLCS

Justin Turner hits a three-run homer with two out in the bottom of the ninth to give L.A. a 4-1 win

Moos leaving WSU to become the athletic director at Nebraska

Moos has been the athletic director at Washington State since 2010

Another desert nightmare: No. 5 UW shocked by Arizona St.

The Huskies’ offense struggles mightily in a 13-7 loss to the Sun Devils on the road.

Patterson: M’s lack of homegrown talent is a big concern

Statistics show Seattle is lacking behind playoff teams in player development.

POLL: Which loss was worse, UW Huskies or WSU Cougars?

Both Washington and Washington State suffered inexplicable upset football defeats over the weekend.

Seahawks running game still stuck in neutral

None of Thomas Rawls, Eddie Lacy or C.J. Prosise have stepped up in the absence of Chris Carson

Silvertips end road trip with a 5-3 loss to Kootenay

Everett Silvertips fell short of a comeback as they concluded their nine-game road trip with a loss.

Most Read