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The Okanagan Sun expect to have a new head coach in place by the end of the month.
General manager Jay Christensen said this week the B.C. Football Conference club had received 11 applications, with about half coming from Kelowna and area, and the remainder from outside the Okanagan.
"They're all good candidates, some are more experienced than others, so I'd say about eight of them would be serious contenders," said Christensen. "They'll all be involved in the interview process, in some aspect."
The successful candidate will not only lead the club into the 2012 junior football season, but will be instrumental helping move the organization towards a potential step up to Canadian Interuniversity Sport.
"Whoever we choose, we want that head coach to take us to the threshold of a move to UBC Okanagan, whenever that might be," said Christensen. "What happens after that will be up to the university."
Christensen is part of a three-member selection committee that will choose the 12th head coach in the 32-year history of the Okanagan Sun.
Jason Casey resigned last month from the Sun's head position after one season on the job, to take on an assistant coaching job this coming season with the Queen's University Golden Gaels.
Fans of the B.C. Football Conference's most heated rivalry will get to see an extra game between the Okanagan Sun and Vancouver Island Raiders this season.
The 2012 BCFC schedule was released this week and features an unbalanced schedule.
The Sun and Raiders will meet three times during the regular season—Saturday, Aug. 18 and Saturday, Sept. 29 in Nanaimo, and Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Apple Bowl.
"I think it's awesome," said Sun general manager Jay Christensen. "We're in a developmental league and we want to play as many games against quality opponents as we can. They're our biggest rival and our fans are going to be winners in this, too."
The Sun's season and home opener will be Saturday, Aug. 4, 7 p.m. against the Langley Rams. Okanagan will play Langley three times, the Kamloops Broncos twice, and Chilliwack and Westshore once each.
Each of the league's six teams will play a 10-game schedule.