WILD LIFT INTERIM TAG, NAME CHRIS CLARK HEAD COACH
The Wenatchee Wild, proud members of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) are pleased to announce they have officially promoted Chris Clark to the position of Head Coach for the 2020-21 season. He has served as Interim Head Coach since December 2019. Additionally, he serves as Assistant General Manager.
Clark moved into the position of Interim Head Coach when longtime Head Coach / GM Bliss Littler elected to step away from the bench citing personal health concerns in early December 2019. Clark guided the team to a fourth place finish, going 14-11-1 under his watch.
Clark has been on the Wild bench since the team’s inception in 2008. He began his coaching career after a four year collegiate career as a goalie at Minnesota State – Mankato. He won the BCHL’s Fred Page Cup as a goaltender with the Victoria Salsa in the 2000-01 season.
Wild GM Bliss Littler feels good about the decision. “Nobody has a better understanding of the culture and expectations we have for a Wenatchee Wild player”, he explains. “Chris has been a part of the coaching staff for all 12 years of the Wild’s existence, and he both understands and has lived to the high standards we expect of our teams here in Wenatchee.” Looking ahead to the coming season, he adds, “I would expect Wild fans to be excited with this year’s group of players. I feel it’s a very talented and veteran group to start with. I look forward to seeing Chris put his own stamp on the Wild.”
Team owner David White remarked, “Lisa and I are very proud of all that the Wild organization represents. Everyone knows you can’t talk about the Wild without saying the name Chris Clark. He has been an integral part of our sustained growth and success as an organization, and is a fine man as well.” He added, “Bliss and I know that we and the players are in great hands with Chris at the helm.”
Originally from San Mateo, CA, Clark has settled in nicely to the Wenatchee Valley. Taking the next step in his coaching career is something he’s been working toward for a long time. “First and foremost I would like to thank (team owners) David and Lisa White as well as Bliss Littler for having the confidence in me to carry on the Wild tradition. I am very humbled and honored for this opportunity.” Reflecting on his 12 years in Wenatchee as an Assistant Coach, he says, “I have been very lucky to work with some amazing coaches here in Wenatchee and would like to thank them for helping me get to this day. I would also like to thank my wife Julie and our families for always supporting and encouraging me to do what I love. We are proud to call Wenatchee home.” While his first full season as Head Coach will be a highly unique one, he is eager for the challenge. “Our staff can’t wait for the season to begin, and we look forward to seeing all our great sponsors, billets, and fans in the Wolves Den soon!”
Clark and his wife Julie live in Wenatchee with their son Cooper and their two dogs, Madison and Buster.