Hemmings added as Assistant Coach
Former Flames player, Guildford jr. graduate and current jr. coach, Andrew Hemmings has been named a full time assistant coach with the Flames with immediate effect. The native of Guildford iced the bulk of his senior playing time at Spectrum and closed his career with the club as one of just 10 players to ice in 500 or more games, totalling 529 starts while recording 66 goals and 175 points over 11 seasons after his top team debut in 2003. While in Flames gear, Hemmings helped with 8 trophies between 2006 and 2016 when the club took home 3 EPIHL League titles, 3 cup titles and a pair of playoff crowns. Between opening and his final stint with Flames in 2017, Hemmings also iced with Bracknell Bees and Basingstoke Bison from 2007-2011.
"I am extremely happy and excited to step up to the Flames and become the assistant coach,” explained Hemmings.
“After five successful years of coaching the Guildford Phoenix in the NIHL2 and winning the league, cup and playoffs this season, I feel it is the right time to take the next step in my coaching career.”
“Next season is an exciting challenge for myself, and I would like to thank Paul and the Flames organisation for the opportunity.”
“The work has already begun in building the team for next season and I am looking forward to helping Paul and assisting the team to achieve the goals we set out.”
The 33 year old began his coaching career in 2016 when he was Head Coach of the South West U11’s and followed on to become the local U15 head coach while also serving as player coach with NIHL2’s Guildford Phoenix from 17-18 through 21-22. He has been on hand for an NIHL2 South West championship in 19-20 and a Treble this past season as South league, Cup and playoff champions. In recent EIHL years, Hemmings has acted with Flames as an on ice training coach.
“I have known Andy a long time both as a teammate and as a colleague in coaching in this building,” explained Head Coach Paul Dixon, “and more recently with our experience having him on the ice with use as a training coach.”
“In a relatively short time since taking on coaching duties with young kids, he has shown great dedication in progressing his own ideas, philosophies and leadership skills around the game.”
“He has a great deal to add to our dressing room group, and we are excited to have him join us for a full time role, and I know the guys who are returning will be glad to see him all our team events, home, away, on ice or off.”