Tornado adds former player to coaching staff

Tornado adds former player to coaching staff

Tornado adds former player to coaching staff

Tornado Luxembourg announced today that former league and National team player Yves Barthels will join the coaching staff under Head Coach Joakim Eriksson.

After a 18-year senior career with Tornado, Lokomotive Luxembourg and Rapids Remich, Yves has decided to hang up the playing skates and take on a new challenge by serving as assistant coach under the commands of the Swedish head coach.

In his playing career, Yves has also had stints in Montreal as well as with the Brussels Tigers (Belgium) and the Bradford Bulldogs (UK).

His coaching career started in Bradford in 1996 when he led the U19 for half a season. Later that year, he became head coach for all junior categories in Remich, a position he held until 2001. He also acted as a player coach for the Remich senior squad for two seasons.

After spending three years in Montreal, Canada, Yves rejoined Tornado in 2005 as a player and coached the Huskies U22 Espoirs for one season. He has also been referee since 1994 and referee instructor for the Luxembourg federation for the past two years.

"It'll be quite a change to be standing behind the bench instead of sitting on it with my former teammates, but I like the challenge and I have high hopes of helping Joakim achieve good results in the upcoming 2010-2011 season" he said "we will also be building on the future and set long-term goals for Tornado as well as the National Team. It is important that we establish a culture based on values and team spirit, especially for the young players that will join our ranks in the coming years."

Tornado will have its season opener in Epinal next Saturday, September 25 and its home opener in Kockelscheuer against Compiegne on October 9.