The Kamloops Venom will have a new governor/general manager for the upcoming season, the team announced yesterday (Feb. 5).
Martin Gardner, founder and general manager of the Okanagan Wild of the B.C. Intermediate Lacrosse League (BCILL), will take the reins from Carol and Brandon Pittman, who have run the team since its inception.
"As the founder of the organization 11 seasons ago, my roles have included governor, GM, treasurer and most proudly as the team Mom," says Carol in a press release. "However, I am very much looking forward to a drastically reduced responsibility within the team and I feel that Martin will serve you well moving forward."
The Pittmans will remain involved with the team during the transition, with Carol staying on as the treasurer.
"A big thanks to all the businesses, volunteers, and fans who have helped keep this team alive for 11 seasons. It’s been a fun ride," says former general manager Brandon.
Gardner is a Kamloops native who also co-founded the Thompson Okanagan Selects, an under-18 field lacrosse program.
"Our collective vision for the future of the Kamloops Venom is undeniable and I feel Martin brings both his love and passion for the game and a new energy to the team that has waned in me over the past few years," Carol says in the release.
The team is still looking to hire a new head coach for the upcoming season. The schedule for the 2019 season hasn't been released yet.
The Venom have won the Thompson Okanagan Junior Lacrosse League five times in their history. Last year, they lost in the final to the Vernon Tigers.