Wednesday, February 17, 2016

John Webb replaces Steve Dietrich as General Manager of Cobourg Kodiaks

The Cobourg Kodiaks are pleased to announce their new General Manager is Co-owner John Webb. Webb brings with him a wealth of lacrosse knowledge as well as a genuine passion for the game. 

The team moved from Kitchener-Waterloo when former owner Al Orth sold it to an ownership group from the Cobourg area and will begin playing out of the Cobourg Community Centre this May. 

Former GM Steve "Chugger" Dietrich tendered his resignation to the new ownership group citing the long distance travel as the reason for not being able to continue with the club. The Cobourg Kodiaks would like to thank both Mr Orth and Mr Dietrich for their dedication to growing the Kodiaks Lacrosse Club into a professional Major Series Lacrosse team that we believe can compete with any team in the country.

Mr Webb is the founder and current president of the Northumberland Minor Lacrosse Association (NMLA). Under Webb's guidance, the NMLA won the 2015 Arthur Poitras award which is presented by the Ontario Lacrosse Association annually to the association which best develops and promotes the game of lacrosse.

As a box player, Webb played for Peterborough Junior A and Senior A Lakers teams. In field lacrosse, Webb won a Junior National championship with Oshawa Blue Knights and has competed in several junior and Men's National championships representing Ontario and Manitoba. He also played two seasons with Carleton University. In 2015, he represented the Toronto Police Service at the World Police and Fire Games in Fairfax, Virginia. Webb coaches minor lacrosse and also runs lacrosse clinics year round for local players and organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters.

On the business side, Webb co-owns a successful sports magazine, with Kodiaks Co-owner Eric Graham, which focuses on local sports, health and fitness in Northumberland County.
The first order of business for Webb and his business partners, Eric Graham and Chris Galbraith, is to pick a coaching staff. Webb went on to say that “we have been overwhelmed with interest from several very experienced coaches. That experience will enable us to field a competitive team right from day one.” The Kodiaks aim to have a coach in place by the end of February.

“The Cobourg Kodiaks are going to be a competitive team on the floor right from day one. We are so fortunate that Chugger has been so diligent in stock piling young talent and draft picks and now Cobourg gets to see that talent displayed right here in the Cobourg Community Centre,” said Webb. “The fans are going to fall in love with this team!”

The Kodiaks home opener is Sunday May 29th at 6pm vs the Oakville Rock. Home games for the Kodiaks are every Sunday at 6pm with the exception of Saturday June 4th vs Brooklin Redmen.

“That game is scheduled to go with the annual NMLA Clash Tournament. The young players will get to watch a professional game during the tournament which is an amazing opportunity to get to see lacrosse at its best!”

Tickets are available now at the team's web site.