McKelvie Hired as District Athletic Director in Chelan
June 28, 2021
Tier 1 Hockey Director and Head Coach, Ryan McKelvie, has accepted a position as the District Athletic Director for the Lake Chelan School District in Chelan, WA. With McKelvie’s departure, Jordan McTaggart will take over as the Head Coach of the 18U Wolves, and Assistant Coach of the 16U Wilderness. Kyle Brodie will take over as the Head Coach of the 16U Wilderness, and Assistant Coach of the 18U Wolves. The weekend teams will continue to have Tysen and Aaron Azevedo as the Head Coaches. Wild General Manager, Bliss Littler, will continue to provide the administrative oversight and leadership for the development teams.
Littler commented, “The Wenatchee Wild want to thank Ryan and his family for all the effort and sacrifices they have made while helping to build our Tier One development team programs into one of the better programs in the Pacific Northwest. We wish Ryan nothing but success and happiness in his move to Chelan. We feel that Ryan has left his position with us in good hands with the coaching staff and organizational structure that is in place.”
McKelvie discussed the state of the development teams, “The development teams are in a great position right now, with the rosters almost completely full with highly competitive teams, a great coaching staff in place, and the majority of a very competitive schedule set.”
Coach McKelvie originally came to Wenatchee in 2008 as the Associate Head Coach for the then expansion team, Wenatchee Wild. He spent two seasons in that role, building the original Wenatchee Wild team, before leaving Wenatchee for opportunities to coach at the NCAA level. In 2014, McKelvie returned to the Wild organization, where he was tasked with starting the Wenatchee Wild Development Teams. During McKelvey’s tenure, the Development Teams have grown from having just one 18U team, into a full club that operates teams for elite players ranging from 12U-18U. By all measurable statistics, the 14U, 16U, and 18U Tier 1 teams have been the top programs in the Pacific Northwest over the past couple years, and have provided hundreds of Pacific-Northwest players the opportunity to play at a high-level while staying close to home. In addition to operating the Tier 1 teams, McKelvie has been active with Wenatchee Amateur Hockey Association, overseeing the Learn to Play, Power Skating, ADM practices, and Wild Coaches Camps.
Coach McKelvie, commented, “My family and I have been incredibly blessed by the Chelan and Wenatchee communities, and all of the great people in this area. To have been given the opportunity to work for the Wenatchee Wild twice, and now to have the opportunity to serve as the AD for the Chelan School District, is something we are overly grateful for. I want to thank David White and Bliss Littler for the privilege to operate the development teams these past seven years, along with all of our players, coaches, billets, and volunteers who helped build this program. I also want to thank Superintendent DePaoli, Principal Wilson, the Lake Chelan School Board, and the rest of the hiring committee for putting their faith in me to be the next AD in Chelan. I will always be a Wild hockey fan and supporter, and am now looking forward to doing my best to impact the community and athletic program in Chelan. GO WILD, GO GOATS!!”
McKelvie departs the Wild organization having spent the past 15 years coaching hockey. In his new role as District Athletic Director, he will be responsible for the Lake Chelan School District middle school and high school athletic programs. The Chelan Mountain Goats are a 1A school competing in the Caribou Trail Conference.