Darryl Chow is still settling into his new role as general manager of the Kamloops Broncos.
To be honest, he is still trying to clarify exactly what it is he will be doing.
Chow, a long-time high school and junior coach, was named the B.C. Football Conference team’s GM in March. He took over from Dino Bernardo, who is the Broncos’ president.
It’s a bit of new territory for Chow, a retired teacher who has patrolled the sidelines for nearly 40 years. He’s not exactly sure what he’ll be doing in his first season as GM.
“I haven’t really had a chance to talk to Dino about that,” said Chow, who served as associate head coach in 2011 and helped out as acting head coach in 2010, when Rob Ellis stepped aside due to health concerns.
“I’ve been involved in coaching since the start (2007) but now hopefully I can take some of the load off Dino.”
The Broncos held their spring camp at Hillside Stadium on Saturday and Sunday, and Chow was right in the thick of the drills. It was hard for him to step away from the coaching aspect, but it had become like a full-time job.
That’s not how Chow wanted to spend the first three summers of his retirement.
“I haven’t had a summer off since before the Cowboys started (in 2001),” he said. “It’s four or five hours a day . . .
“You have to commit time . . . and if I can’t commit 100 per cent as a coach, I don’t feel I can be of any service.
“I can be in and out (as general manager), not that I’ll be disappearing or anything.”
The Broncos have played five seasons in the BCFC, winning 10 games and losing 40. That’s not a lot of on-field success, but Chow said the team is healthy in terms of sponsors and in fan support.
Based on the numbers of players at spring camp — there were nearly 80 — this is a place where athletes want to play, Chow said.
“We haven’t had a winning record since we started, but we’re still getting great numbers,” he said. “If you look at a similar situation in Chilliwack, (the Huskers) are having a tough time getting coaches and players.”