It is a homecoming of sorts for the new head coach of the Nelson Leafs.

It was 10 years ago Matt Hughes earned his first coaching job and it was in the K-I – manning the ship for Columbia Valley.

He says he is looking forward to now being part of the competitive Neil Murdoch Division.

Hughes has experience coaching in the BCHL and NAJHL as well.

He spent the last two seasons with the Grand Prairie Storm of the AJHL.