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New Sun coach ready for challenge

Competition will be wide open when the Okanagan Sun head to training camp in July.

The latest name on what has become the Sun coaching carousel, says no jobs are secure heading into the 2013 season.

"There is no solidified position on this team in my opinion. We have to come in here - everybody has to battle for a job. The best man will get it," says Shane Beatty.

"Every job is wide open. It has to be."

Beatty, who was hired as the club's sixth head coach in six years just before Christmas, met the media face-to-face for the first time Monday morning between recruiting trips.

After stumbling through a disastrous 3-7 season in 2012 first year head coach Gavin Lake was fired just a day after the regular season ended.

Beatty says he has watched film of last season and believes in order to turn the team around he has to work on fundamentals.

"Once the fundamentals are improved the kids will get better. The X's and O's will come along, we are going to be good at the X's and O's, we'll be sound, but we have to improve the fundamentals," says Beatty.

"Fundamentals to me are the technique, the setting of the hands, the footwork, your eye progression. Hitting the sleds, putting your hands where they are supposed to be on the offensive linemen or defensive linemen."

Beatty was in Vancouver for a recruiting trip on the weekend and believes several top players from a camp there will be heading to Kelowna for the team's spring camp in May.

He will head to Medicine Hat and Lethbridge later this week before a recruiting trip to Manitoba where he says he has already lined up interviews with about a dozen prospects.

Beatty credits the entire organization with the success they have had so far on the recruiting end.

"What I'm doing is just introducing myself and feeding off what they've done. I'm trying to tell them they'll have a great home to come to here - we're going to run things aggressively," says Beatty.

"A lot of these kids want to have a chance to go down to the United States and play after they are done here. That's what I've sold them on and that's the truth - just tell them the truth. If I think they can play down there I will give them the opportunity to play down there."

Beatty believes his edge in recruiting is the fact he has built up so many contacts with major schools south of the border.

As for the 2013 edition of the Sun, Beatty says he wants to introduce the same kind of style he used in the states which was a very aggressive style.

As for pressure in turning the franchise back to its glory days, Beatty says he doesn't feel any.

"Is there pressure? It doesn't get to me. I've been in front of 85,000 fans, 80,000 fans down to 1,200 fans, it doesn't really get to me. Just work hard no matter what."

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