Changes to Huskers coaching staff

The Chilliwack Huskers 2011 coaching staff will have a significantly different look than the one that finished the 2010 season.

Gone is highly-regarded defensive coordinator Jeff Alamolhoda, who has jumped to the Langley Rams.

Into the breach steps understudy Joe Klyne, a former Chilliwack Huskers linebacker who apprenticed under Alamolhoda last season. He takes the reins of the defence, and Huskers head coach Luke Acheson has high hopes for Klyne.

“We’ve been grooming him for the position in anticipation of Jeff leaving,” Acheson said. “Coaches are born and not really made, and Joe has definitely adjusted well from playing to coaching. He gets a ton of respect from the team and he has that ability to get his point across.”

Also taking a bigger role in 2011 is Jon Klyne, who is diving into the deep end as the team’s offensive coordinator.

Joe’s older brother, Jon has experience as a player in the B.C. Football Conference. He also played at the University of British Columbia.

“Those Klyne boys have an extra football gene that most of us don’t have,” Acheson laughed. “They’re super smart and super hard workers. They’re great teachers and they get along with the players. They’re everything you look for in a coach.”

Jon had a part-time role with the Huskers last year, helping out when his school schedule allowed.

“I knew last year that if we could get this guy and lock him down as our coordinator, it would be the best move for us,” Acheson said. “We had a couple meetings and he’s excited. His offensive philosophy fits with mine, and we’ll look to stretch the defence from goalline to goalline and sideline to sideline. I don’t expect a lot to change schematically.”