Charly Cardilicchia has resigned as head coach of the West Shore Rebels.
“Due to the details surrounding my suspension I feel it is better for the focus and direction of the Rebels program if I step down as head coach,” Cardilicchia said in a release.
Cardilicchia was suspended by the British Columbia Football Conference last week after “violating the coaches code of ethics.” The Rebels head coach had made profanity-laced comments in a Kamloops newspaper following the cancellation of a game against the Kamloops Broncos on Aug. 18. The game had been officially cancelled due to air quality.
“We would like to thank Coach Cardilicchia for his contributions to the team and wish him all the best,” the Westshore Rebels said in a release.
Defensive co-ordinator Shane Beatty, who was the acting head coach for most Rebels’ most recent game against the Vancouver Island Raiders, has been named head coach for the remainder of the season.
Beatty has 23 years of coaching experience at the university level in the U.S. He has served as recruiting co-ordinator and assistant coach at Reedley College, defensive co-ordinator and head coach at West Virgina Tech, assistant director at football operations at Iowa State and defensive co-ordinator and strength coach at the College of Sequoias. He has also trained high school and collegiate athletes, wrestlers, Olympic sprinters, and pro golfers.
During his three seasons as head coach of the Okanagan Sun, Beatty was awarded CJFL Coach of the Year twice and led the team to a BCFC championship in 2015. In 2016, Coach Beatty joined the Westshore Rebels as Defensive Coordinator. Beatty is also a Rebels’ alumnus. He played for the team as a linebacker in 1988 and 1989.