20180309 - Kha Vo - Laurier Football 2018_-131Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

We have just completed our off-season early morning weight room phase. We are so incredibly proud of how hard the boys have worked. In all, they were asked to get up for 6:00 am workouts 34 times since January 3rd. This is far more than we have ever done before and our players definitely rose to the occasion with their attendance and effort.

Last week was our final indoor practice of the year at RIM Park. For the week, our Hard Hat Award recipient is someone that was a walk-on player last winter and has done nothing but impressed our coaching staff and his teammates ever since with his incredible work ethic.


Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

Last week was the best week of the off-season. The players tested in the gym and the energy at practice was fantastic.

We had two Hard Hat Award recipients and they both have a lot in common; they are both in first year, they are lineman, they are naturally quiet and lead by example, they are terrific students and they both had over 400lb squats on testing day.


Photos: Laurier Athletics

Jamie Howieson
Laurier Athletics

TORONTO, ON – Four members of the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s football team will have the opportunity to showcase their talents to CFL teams in the coming weeks as the league announced the participant lists for their regional and national combines on Monday.

Three Golden Hawks, including Godfrey Onyeka of Brampton, Ont., Isaiah Guzylak-Messam of Hamilton, and Rashari Henry of Ottawa, will attend the national combine during Mark’s CFL Week from March 24-25 in Winnipeg while Ron Kinga of Guelph, Ont., will look to earn an invitation to the national combine when he attends the Ontario regional combine on March 9 in Toronto.


20180216 - Kha Vo - Laurier Football 2018_-87Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

It is quiet around campus this week as everyone is off for Reading Week. The players are enjoying a much deserved break. Since they returned to campus back on January 3rd, they have had seven straight weeks of the off-season program where they have had four early morning lifts, a meeting and a practice every single week.

Once they return, we will continue with that template for just three more weeks, which will bring us to the middle of March and the start of our spring camp.


20180202 - Kha Vo - Laurier Football 2018_-91Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

We were back inside at RIM Park for practice #5. We are now officially a quarter of the way through our off-season practices and we have definitely come a long way.

Individually, you can see the work ethic of each player in the weight room really paying off. Everyone looks stronger and more explosive.

As units (offence, defence and special teams), the off-season is great because the graduates are gone and you really use this time to build team chemistry with the players that are working towards starting roles for the first time.


Ryan-Long-225x400Elizabeth Karchut
Canada Football Chat

In grade ten, defensive back Ryan Long from Parkside Collegiate Institute decided to dedicate more of his time towards football, training three hours a day everyday. His hard work has since paid off with a commitment to the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks.

“I loved the community feel of Laurier and how close everyone was. All the players were really inviting, and the facilities were outstanding. It felt better than the other universities I’ve seen,” Long said.


Noel-Franklin-400x400Elizabeth Karchut
Canada Football Chat

It took Noel Franklin, a wide receiver from Saunders Secondary School, a while to get into football, but when he did, it didn’t take long for him to catch the attention of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks.

When Franklin started his career with the London Minor Football Association, football was more of a time filler than anything serious. He said he played football on the side and after soccer. It wasn’t until grade 12, after
he transferred from Mother Teresa Catholic Secondary School, that he began to dedicate all his time and energy to the sport.