Hockey Staff

John Olver – General Manager

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John Olver, 54, assumes the role of general manager for 2013-14, and will oversee the hockey operations department. He brings three decades of experience in coaching, scouting, and management, after starting his coaching career at 23 years old in the British Columbia Junior Hockey League.

Olver has a reputation for building championship-caliber teams, making seven appearances in the league finals during his nine seasons as a head coach in the professional ranks. He served as the head coach and vice president of hockey operations of the Idaho Steelheads in the West Coast Hockey League and the ECHL from 2000 – 2005. He also was the head coach and general manager of the Tacoma Sabercats in the WCHL from 1997-00, and the GM of the Fresno Falcons from 1995-97, serving as head coach in 1995-96. He reached the finals in seven of his nine seasons as a head coach in the WCHL and ECHL, winning a pair of championships – in 1999 with Tacoma (WCHL) and in 2004 with Idaho (ECHL).

Olver went from Idaho to Northern Michigan University, serving for two seasons as assistant coach. He then headed to Des Moines, Iowa to serve as the founding president and general manager of the American Hockey League’s Iowa Stars in 2007-08.

Since 2009-10, he has served as GM/head coach of the Idaho Jr. Steelheads in the Western States Hockey League, winning three consecutive titles and an AAU National Championship this season after guiding his club to a 57-1-1 record.

Originally drafted by the Colorado Rockies (who later became the New Jersey Devils), in the 8th round of the 1978 NHL Entry Draft, Olver played three seasons at the University of Michigan. He became assistant coach of New Westminster in the British Columbia Junior Hockey League for his first coaching position at the age of 23. At 25, Olver earned his first head coaching position with Langley in the BCHL, and guided his team to a 40-8-2 record.

Olver joined the Condors staff in 2011-12 as the assistant to the head coach. The North Burnaby, British Columbia native played an integral role in the foundation of the WCHL, and in helping Bakersfield land their first professional hockey team in 1995 (the Bakersfield Fog).

For a link to Olver’s coaching and playing career, click here.

Prospective players should email J.O. here.

Troy Mann – Head Coach

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Mann2013Mann, 43, has spent the last eight seasons in the coaching ranks including the past four campaigns as an assistant coach with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL). During his time in Hershey, the Bears went a remarkable 180-100-10-22 (.628 win %) including an AHL record-setting campaign in 2009-10. That year, the Bears went 60-17-0-3, setting the AHL record for wins in one season, en route to capturing the 2010 Calder Cup.

Under his leadership, nine current Washington Capitals were developed in Hershey. One of his primary responsibilities with the Bears was handling the team’s penalty kill, which finished in the top third of the league in each of his four seasons. In 2009-10, the Bears led the league with an impressive 87.4%. Mann also was an assistant coach for two AHL All-Star Games in 2010 and 2011.

The Campbellton, New Brunswick native has proven head coaching success at the ECHL level during his two seasons with the Columbia Inferno from 2006-08. In ’07-’08, Mann led the Inferno to a regular season record of 33-28-5-6 (.535), with 77 points, good for fifth in the American Conference. The playoffs became a proving ground for Mann and the Inferno as they knocked off fourth-seeded Florida and the 52-game winning Texas Wildcatters, before falling in the conference semi-finals to South Carolina.

His professional playing career spanned 10 seasons from 1995-2005 and included an ECHL Kelly Cup Championship with Mississippi in 1999 playing under now Anaheim Ducks Head Coach Bruce Boudreau. Mann is a former Condor as well, playing seven games in Bakersfield in 2000-01 with a goal and two assists. He becomes the first former Condors player to become head coach of the team.

Ryan Murphy – Assistant Coach

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Murphy2013Murphy, 30, enters his first season in the coaching ranks, having played four-plus seasons professionally in the American Hockey League (AHL) and ECHL. The Rumson, New Jersey native played 138 games in the AHL from 2005-2009 with Manchester, Hartford, and Peoria and 93 games in the ECHL with Charlotte. While in Charlotte, he played under Mann, who served as an associate coach. In 231 pro games, Murphy scored 22 goals and added 54 assists for 86 points. Serving as an alternate captain for the 2006-07 Monarchs, he was named the team’s recipient of the “Unsung Player Award.”

The former right-winger played four seasons of college hockey at Boston College from 2001-2005, serving as an alternate captain his senior campaign. He played 156 games for the Eagles with 25 goals, 34 assists, and 59 points. In 2005, Murphy received the Coaches Award given to the player who best personifies hard work, leadership, and selflessness.

He was drafted in the 6th round (#185) of the 2002 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft by the Los Angeles Kings.

Paul Willett – Part-Time Assistant Coach

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WillyPaul Willett will serve as a part-time assistant coach in 2013-14, assisting during practice, providing advanced scouting, and coordinating the team’s power play/faceoff strategy.

Willett, 44, played 14 years professionally from 1990-2004, playing his final five seasons in a Condors sweater. He is the team’s all-time leading scorer with 388 points and assists with 258. In addition, he ranks among the team’s career leaders in games played with 318 (4th), goals with 130 (2nd), and penalty minutes with 829 (2nd). He laid claim to the team’s only scoring title, outpacing the rest of the West Coast Hockey League (WCHL) in 2002-03, was a WCHL All-Star twice, and won the WCHL MVP in 1999-2000.

This is the third coaching stint for Willett having previously served as an assistant coach with the Condors in 2004-05, and the head coach of the Port Huron Flags of the United Hockey League (UHL) in 2005-06.

His number 16 was retired by the Condors on November 16, 2004.

Rusty Aldridge – Equipment Manager

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RustyJoining the staff is new equipment manager Rusty Aldridge. A native of Cleburne, Texas, Aldridge has spent 17+ seasons working in the professional ranks including stints in the ECHL, Central Hockey League (CHL), Western Professional Hockey League (WPHL), and in the NCAA with the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. Most recently, Aldridge was with the Rio Grande Valley Killer Bees of the CHL and before that was with the ECHL’s Florida Everblades.

Andy Hong – Head Athletic Trainer

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HongHong comes to the Condors from the Bakersfield Jam where he served as an Assistant Athletic Trainer for the 2012-13 season. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Point Loma Nazarene University and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Science from California University of Pennsylvania. Hong’s favorite sports teams are the San Diego Chargers (born in San Diego), where he served as a summer intern in 2011, and the Los Angeles Lakers

Jason Kibbey – Strength and Conditioning Coach

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KibbeyJason Kibbey has been named the team’s strength and conditioning coach. He has eight years experience in the fitness industry, earning his Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from California State University, Bakersfield with a concentration in Exercise Science. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist/Personal Trainer at Body Xchange Health Clubs in Bakersfield. When he has free time, Kibbey likes to cook and compete as a strongman through the National Association of Strongmen and as a Highland games athlete around the west coast. Kibbey’s favorite NHL team is the Detroit Red Wings and he loves watching people get “Kronwall-ed.”

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