John Becanic has been named the head coach of the Everett Silvertips, team vice president and general manager Doug Soetaert announced Thursday.
Becanic replaces Kevin Constantine, who resigned earlier this week to become head coach of the Houston Aeros of the American Hockey League.
Becanic has been on the coaching staff of the Silvertips since their inaugural season in the Western Hockey League in 2003-2004. He was an assistant coach for two years before being promoted to associate head coach during the 2005-2006 season.
A native of Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Becanic came to Everett from Pittsburgh, where he worked as head coach and director of hockey operations for the Pittsburgh Forge of the North American Hockey League.
Soetaert also announced that assistant coach Jay Varady has been promoted to associate head coach and will assist Becanic with the coaching duties. Both appointments are effective immediately.
“The Silvertips organization is delighted to have John and Jay assume their new coaching responsibilities with the hockey club and I look forward to working with them in accomplishing our organizational team goals,” Soetaert said in a press release. “We are fortunate to have two extremely quality individuals in our organization to continue to lead our players on and off the ice.”