The Hamilton Bulldogs are making a change behind the bench in the last month of the regular season.
The team announced Tuesday at Vince Laise has been relieved of his coaching duties effective immediately.
“We didn’t feel like Vince was going to be our guy going forward into next year, and it’s a good opportunity for the coaches we have in place right now to take a step forward in that direction,” said the team’s President and General Manager Steve Staios, who will oversee and support the coaching staff for the remainder of the season.
“Never know how the team will react with a move like this, especially with the timing being what it is. We hold ourselves to a pretty high standard, and at this point we feel like we have an opportunity to take a step forward.”
The Bulldogs have dropped four straight games, and have won just three of their last 11 contests.
Staios stresses that this decision was made with the team’s future in mind.
“I feel comfortable in and around our team at this point, I just feel like the timing is necessary because it didn’t seem like we were making the progress and I do think this team has more to give.”
Staios was named president when the team moved to Hamilton in 2015, and had general manager added to his title one season later.
His son Nathan currently plays for the team, after the senior Staios acquired his kin in a trade from the Windsor Spitfires earlier this season.
Hamilton currently sits in seventh place in the Eastern Conference, just a single point back of Mississauga.