Scott Burt has been hired as an assistant with the Spokane Chiefs.
Burt was an assistant for the Alaska Aces for the past four years, the first two serving as a player/assistant, and helped the organization win a Kelly Cup Championship in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) in 2011.
“The WHL is about developing players but it does a great job in developing coaches as well and that is what attracted me to the position,” Burt said.
“Scott was impressive through the process,” Chiefs general manager Tim Speltz said. “He is confident, outgoing and a good communicator.”
As a player, Burt was a member of four different teams in the WHL from 1994-98. Burt’s WHL career began in 1994 as a 17-year-old with the Seattle Thunderbirds during Don Nachbaur’s first year as head coach.
Hayden youth Big Apple bound
Hayley Loffer, a 12-year-old from Hayden, Idaho, is one of 24 youths nationwide who will compete for a national championship at the Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run competition on July 15 prior to the All-Star Home Run Derby at Citi Field in New York.
Loffer will compete against the two top finishers across the country in the 11-12 year old division. She earned her spot at the national finals by placing first in her age group at the team championships at Safeco Field in Seattle on June 23.
Loffer, who will be an eighth grader at Canfield Middle School in Coeur d’Alene this fall, has placed first in her age division the last three years at the round at Safeco Field. This is the first year her scores were high enough to advance to the national championships.
Another North Idaho youth, Carter Friesz, also of Hayden, won the boys 11-12 division at Safeco.
GU assistant named coach
Gonzaga University women’s basketball assistant coach Julie Shaw has been named head coach at the University of La Verne.
Shaw has served as an assistant coach at GU the past two seasons. A Southern California native, Shaw came to GU from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where she was an assistant for six years.
Three Eagles earn early honors
Three Eastern Washington University football players – Steven Forgette, T.J. Lee and Ronnie Hamlin – who helped lead the Eagles to the semifinals of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision playoffs in 2012 have been selected to The Sports Network Preseason All-America squad announced Monday.
Forgette and Lee were selected to the second team and Hamlin earned third-team accolades.