Coaching change in Idaho.

I’m a day late on this, but the Idaho Steelheads have been looking for a new coach for at least 24 hours.

Derek Laxdal is leaving Boise for the WHL’s Edmonton Oil Kings after five seasons. The Steelheads went 217-108-35 under his watch, including the league’s best record (48-17-7) last season. Idaho won the Kelly Cup in 2007 and were runners-up in 2009-10.

If anything, the Reign may gain a slight edge in the recruiting department depending on how long it takes the Steelheads to identify Laxdal’s successor. One thing the new coach might want to figure out is how to beat a Karl Taylor defensive scheme. The Reign went 6-2-1 against Idaho last season.

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About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.