Rebels coach steps down

A face familiar to Okanagan football fans will guide the Westshore Rebels for the balance of the BC Football Conference season.

Former Okanagan Sun head coach Shane Beatty will take over the helm of the club for the balance of the season after head coach Charly Cardilicchia abruptly stepped down Monday evening.

His resignation comes a week after he was suspended for three games by the league for disparaging comments he made about the league to a Kamloops newspaper.

“Due to the details surrounding my suspension I feel it is better for the focus and direction of the Rebels program if I step down as head coach,” said Cardilicchia.

Beatty was hired as head coach of the Okanagan Sun prior to the 2013 season.

During his three seasons with the club, Beatty led the Sun to a combined 27-3 record, including a perfect 10-0 mark during his final season in 2015.

The Sun won the BCFC title that year, before losing in the Canadian Bowl to the Saskatoon Hilltops.

Beatty stepped down following that season, then resurfaced as defensive co-ordinator with the Rebels.

He also played two season with the Rebels in 1988 and 1989.

All six BCFC teams are off this coming long weekend before the second half of the season resumes the following weekend.

Beatty's first game as head coach comes against the VI Raiders in Nanaimo Sept 8.

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