A pair of familiar faces will be back on the coaching staff this coming season as the Truro Bearcats are pleased to announce that Joel Isenor has been appointed as the new Head Coach and Troy Fougere will return to his role as Assistant Coach.
Isenor, of Dutch Settlement was a star player for the Bearcats from 2000-2003 before moving on to play 5 seasons with the AUS’ Acadia Axemen from 2003-2008. He started his coaching career with his hometown East Hants Penguins from 2010-2016 where he won a provincial title in the 2011-2012 season as well as being named NSJHL Coach of the Year. Isenor then joined the Bearcats in 2016 as an assistant coach, coincidentally replacing Troy Fougere who had just departed to take on the Head Coach job with the then Major Bantam Bearcats. Joel would hold his role with the Bearcats until departing after the 2020-2021 season following 5 successful seasons which included a league championship in 2016-2017.
Fougere, of Valley is a name well known in the hockey circle around the Truro area. Fougere joined the Truro staff in 1997-1998 for a season as assistant coach before returning in 2000-2001 and spending the next 16 seasons with the Bearcats until taking a head coaching role with the Truro Major Bantam team in 2016. While serving as Shawn Evans right-hand man, he was a part of 3 championship teams in 2004-2005, 2006-2007 and 2013-2014 as well as the Fred Page Cup win on home ice in 2013.
Isenor and Fougere join Ryan Porter as the new hires behind the bench for the upcoming 2023-2024 season.
Welcome back to Truro, Joel and Troy!