Michael Faulds (Head Coach/Quarterbacks) – Michael Faulds enters 2016 in his fourth season at the helm of the Hawks. Laurier’s on-field record has improved each year under his guidance, capped-off with its first playoff win in five seasons; a 29-15 upset victory over defending Vanier Cup participant McMaster in 2015. Laurier also pushed powerhouse Western to the brink in OUA semi-final action before finally bowing out to the Yates Cup finalist. Additional 2015 highlights include Faulds’ first Head Coaching victories over Queens and Ottawa, Dillon Campbell leading the nation in rushing for the second consecutive year and QB Eric Morelli tying a school record with six touchdown passes in a 65-30 victory over the University of Ottawa. Prior to coming to Laurier, Faulds served as the OC at York University for three seasons, finishing his final season (2012) prior to arriving at Laurier ranked 7th in the CIS in Yards Per Game. He is a two-time Yates Cup Champion and MVP and, until recently, was the CIS all-time passing leader with 10,811 yards.
Mark Surya (Offensive Coordinator & WRs) – Surya enters his fourth season on staff, his second as Offensive Coordinator. Under Mark’s tutelage, Laurier has possessed one of the nation’s most high-powered running attacks, culminating with the national rushing champion the past two seasons – Dillon Campbell. In 2015, Golden Hawks QB Eric Morelli tied a 20+ year old record with six touchdown passes in a single game. In his lone season as OC, WLU’s offense averaged 434.4yds and finished in the Top 10 nationally with 32.6pts per game. Surya was a starting WR on Queens’ 2009 Vanier Cup Championship team and was a three year starter for the Gaels.
Irv Daymond (Offensive Line) – 2016 will mark Daymond’s fourth season as the Offensive Line Coach at Laurier. He is the leader of a unit that has paved the way for three consecutive OUA rushing champion seasons by Dillon Campbell. Daymond is a technical magician. He is a Yates Cup Champion as an OL Coach with the Ottawa Gee-Gee’s in 2006. Daymond played 10 seasons in the CFL and was recently inducted into Western Football’s Wall Of Fame in 2016.
Jackson Yanchus (Running Backs) – Yanchus begins his second season on staff, his first as the RB Coach. In 2015, Yanchus was the Assistant Offensive Line Coach for the Hawks. He brings high energy and enthusiasm to the RB group. Yanchus is a former player and recent graduate at Laurier. Jackson is also the Head Coach for the Varsity Cambridge Lions of the OVFL and will add a significant role in Offensive Recruiting to his responsibilities in 2016. Yanchus hails from Guelph and is a graduate of John F Ross HS – the same as our HC Michael Faulds.
Ron VanMoerkerke (Associate HC/Defensive Coordinator/DL Coach) – VanMoerkerke begins his 18th season, 14th as Defensive Coordinator with Laurier. He is the longest serving Defensive Coordinator in the OUA. During his tenure as DC he has overseen a Defensive Unit that has amassed an outstanding 49 OUA All-Stars, 17 All-Canadians, three OUA Defensive Player Of The Year winners, a Russ Jackson Award nominee, and his own OUA Volunteer Coach Of The Year Award in 2009. He has won two Yates Cups as DC, coaching in four consecutive Yates Cups (2003-2006) in that role. He has also won a Vanier Cup at Laurier in 2005. Eleven of his former players have gone on to play regular season games in the CFL, with a number of others drafted or signed as free aagents. VanMoerkereke is a home grown Hawk, having played LB here in the late 80’s, making OUA All-Star in 1989. He is a high school teacher at Eastwood Collegiate in Kitchener.
Jesse Alexander (Linebackers) – Alexander returns for his ninth consecutive season. A former All-Canadian and Vanier Cup Champion LB at Laurier, Alexander provides his unit a wealth of knowledge and experience. During his eight seasons coaching at Laurier, Alexander has coached nine OUA All-Stars and two All-Canadian selections. As a player, Jesse was a dominant force, winning All-Canadian selection twice. He had brief opportunities in the CFL with both the Toronto Argonauts and Saskatchewan Roughriders. Recently, he has also served as a highly successful Defensive Coordinator with the Cambridge Lions of the OVFL, making the playoffs each year and sending many of his players forward onto CIS careers.
Dwayne Cameron (Recruiting Coordinator/Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive Backs) – 2016 marks Cameron’s fourth year in his current role and his eleventh overall with Laurier. He has coached 20 OUA All-Stars and nine All-Canadian DB’s during his time here. As Special Teams Coordinator, his units consistently rank near the top of the OUA. In 2013, freshman DB William Pitt-Doe led the nation in kick-off return average and in 2014 Kicker/Punter Ronnie Pfeffer led the nation in punting distance average, while the Kickoff Return Team finished the season ranked #1 in the CIS in average per return.
Vince Flamia (Defensive Backs Asst/Special Teams Asst) – Coach Flamia enters his second season with the Hawks. A Vanier Cup Championship player with Laurier in 2005, Flamia returned home in 2015 after a season as a Graduate Assistant Coach with the Ohio University Bobcats in the MAC Conference (NCAA Division 1A) in 2014. At Ohio, Vince worked on the defensive side of the football under Bobcats Head Coach, and former University Of Nebraska Head Coach, Frank Solich. Flamia began a high school teaching/coaching career at St. Thomas More HS in Burnaby BC in 2010, where he became the youngest Head Coach to win a Provincial Championship. At Laurier, Flamia assists Dwayne Cameron with the Hawks Special Teams and Defensive Backs, while also assisting in recruiting.
Darcy Segin (Kickers/Long Snappers) – Darcy Segin will begin his second season with Laurier Football in 2016 after joining the program for the 2015 season. Darcy is directly responsible for the development of rookie kicker/punter Nathan Mesher in 2015. In his first year, Mesher finished ranked sixth in the OUA and 16th overall in the CIS in punting average at 35.6yds. Mesher also finished third in the OUA and seventh in the CIS in Field Goal percentage at 77%. Special Teams coaching runs in the family for the Segins as Darcy’s brother, Dana, is the Kicking Coach for the McMaster Mauraders of the OUA.
Phil Edworthy (Linebackers Assistant) – Phil enters his send season with Laurier Football. Phil does a great job assisting with our very talented group of Linebackers alongside Coach Alexander. Phil also helps throughout the week with our scout teams and makes sure our players are executing the weekly game-plans well.
Zach Scotto (Offensive Line Assistant) – Zach will be a new coach on staff this year, but he is very familiar with Laurier Football having been a player here from 2012 to 2014. Zach knows the offensive system really well and will work with Coach Daymond getting our offensive line ready each and every week.
Sebastian Boulerice (Offensive Assistant) – Seb is brand new to Laurier Football and will help on the offensive side of the ball. Seb is a native of Quebec has spent several years helping out with the midget level in that province.
Greg Nyhof & Taylor Smith (Strength & Conditioning) – Greg and Taylor take over our Strength & Conditioning for the 2016 season. Both are Laurier Football graduates and worked extremely hard on and off the field. They also both served as student leaders within the Athletics and Recreation department, with Nyhof holding the title of Fit Centre Coordinator for the last two years while Smith was the Personal Training Coordinator for two years