Jesse Alexander and Vince Flamia rejoin Golden Hawks after time with the Windsor Lancers
WATERLOO, Ont. (May 4, 2020) – Wilfrid Laurier University men’s football Head Coach Michael Faulds is pleased to announce that Jesse Alexander and Vince Flamia have re-joined the Golden Hawks coaching staff for the 2020 season.
Alexander returns in the role of Special Teams Coordinator & Linebackers Coach while Flamia will serve as the Recruiting Coordinator & Defensive Backs Coach, effective immediately. Both individuals are former student-athletes and coaches with the purple and gold who return to Laurier after most recently coaching with the Windsor Lancers.
“I’m thrilled to have two very familiar faces back on staff,” said Faulds of the additions to his program. “Both Jesse and Vince were a big part of our team success in 2016, helping us win the Yates Cup. Rightfully so that propelled them both into getting full-time coaching opportunities within the OUA. The opportunity to now bring them back is fun for them and will help our program grow and our players develop under their guidance.”
Alexander, who suited up as a player and coach for the Golden Hawks from 2002 until 2016, returns to Laurier following a season with the York Lions as their Special Teams Coordinator & Linebackers Coach in 2017 and serving the last two years as the Lancers’ Defensive Coordinator & Linebackers Coach.
A decorated athlete while at Laurier, Alexander was a two-time All-Canadian linebacker for the Hawks who helped the team win the Yates Cup in both 2004 and 2005 as well as the Vanier Cup in 2005. He continues to rank sixth in Laurier’s all-time record books for career tackles with 137 and was inducted into the Golden Hawk Hall of Fame in 2011.
In his previous stint with the Golden Hawks, he coached three OUA President’s Trophy recipients in Anthony Maggiacomo (2007), Giancarlo Rapanaro (2010) and Nakas Onyeka (2016).
“I’m excited to be back with my alma mater, the place where my career began,” said Alexander on his return. “I have experienced so much at Laurier as a player and coach that it holds a special place in my heart. I want to thank Coach Faulds for giving me the opportunity to come home and be closer to family.”
“I’m looking forward to putting great systems and ideas in place to allow players to play smart, fast and physical while focusing on the technical areas related to all Special Teams and Linebacker play. I’m ready to get to work and show what I offer this program. It’s time to get back to a contender status,” added Alexander.
Meanwhile, Flamia returns to Laurier after spending two years with the Hawks in 2005 and 2006 as a player, winning the Yates Cup and Vanier Cup. His first position with the team was in 2011 as a scout before taking on the role of Defensive Assistant with the team in 2015 and then serving Defensive Backs & Special Teams Assistant when Laurier won the Yates Cup in 2016.
During his three seasons with Windsor, he served as the team’s Special Teams Coordinator and oversaw recruiting. Last year, he coached a Lancers’ unit that led the OUA in punt return average at 13.5 yards/return and ranked fourth in kickoff return average at 22.3 yards/return.
“I couldn’t be more excited as I hold the staff at Laurier with the utmost respect and admiration,” said Flamia on rejoining the Hawks.“Laurier Football embodies everything I believe in; loyalty and respect. Having the opportunity to work under Coach Faulds and Coach Vanmoerkerke is a privilege and I am very honored to be part of the long-standing tradition of great coaches that have been part of the Golden Hawks program in the past.”
“Laurier Football has recruited some of the best talent in the country and high school student-athletes recognize Laurier Football as producing many CFL draft picks in the last few years,” added Flamia. “However, what I think is even more impressive, and what many may not know is that alumni such as Scott Hutter & Kwaku Boateng were also Academic All-Canadians. The institution prides itself on student retention and the best student experience in the country, and that is something that is more important than football. Ultimately, those are key factors when student-athletes are making their final decisions on what university is best suited for their future.”
The additions of Alexander and Flamia come following the departure of Dwayne Cameron to the Canadian Football League’s Calgary Stampeders. Cameron leaves the Golden Hawks after serving in a variety of capacities in a pair of stints over the past 15 years, including the last seven years as Special Teams Coordinator, Recruiting Coordinator & Defensive Backs Coach.
“We can’t thank Coach Dwayne Cameron enough for the positive impact he has had with the football program here at Laurier for so many years,” said Faulds. “Although we are sad to see him leave and we will miss his presence on and off the field, we are also really happy for him. Not too often does an opportunity to coach in the CFL present itself and we know that he will do great things with the Calgary Stampeders.”
This Article was written by Jamie Howieson and originally posted on laurierathletics.com. The URL to the original article is: https://www.laurierathletics.com/createarticle.php?ID=10694