Laurier Football Update – April 2021

Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

This newsletter is brought to you by our great friends and the best movers, AMJ Campbell.

Definitely a lot of negativity in the world these days, but we can honestly say that it was a positive and very productive winter semester for our Laurier Football program. As our players enter exams next week, it is a nice time to reflect and look back on everything they have accomplished this year.

In mostly a virtual world we have had: 12 team meetings, 11 offensive & defensive meetings, numerous positional meetings, 31 home workouts and 8 pod practices. Through it all everyone has brought energy and a desire to improve in everything.

A big part of our weekly team meetings and honestly the highlight of the week has been our phenomenal alumni guest speakers. Take a look at the star-studded lineup of speakers we’ve had and the terrific topics our players and staff have learned a lot from.

 DateSpeakerTopic
1Oct 21 2020Courtney StephenMoney Matters
2Nov 16 2020Ian TroopLeadership 101
3Dec 2 2020Rohan ThompsonSocial Justice
4Jan 11 2021Andrew AgroProfessionalism
5Jan 18 2021Ken EvraireMoments
6Jan 25 2021Donnie RuizYour Vision Needs More Grit
7Feb 1 2021Hugh LawsonBeing A Great Communicator
8Feb 8 2021Pete IzzioTrue Wealth – Cultivating Your Network
9Feb 22 2021Stacey CorayDon’t wait for tomorrow
11Mar 8 2021Kwaku BoatengSacrifice
12Mar 15 2021Joe VernonResilience
13Mar 22 2021Richard Ochran JrYour Time is Now
14Mar 29 2021Brandon KeksEmotional Intelligence
15Apr 6 2021Andre TalbotMind Training for Peak Performance

More Laurier Football Headlines:

·         Legends of Laurier Football & Silent Auction

o   Excited to say that we will be virtually announcing our Legends of Laurier Football and having a silent auction in May.

o   It is a very impressive list of inductees:

§  1960’s – Doug Strong

§  1970’s – Jim Reid

§  1980’s – Alex Troop

§  1990’s – Bill Kubas

§  2000’s – Ian Logan

§  2010’s – Kwaku Boateng

§  Lifetime: Coach Rich Newbrough

§  Lifetime: Coach David “Tuffy” Knight

·         Laurier Football Cultural Build

o   Players, Coaches, and Staff all went through the exercise this semester of defining our culture and what it means to be a part of our program. Through surveys, group discussions, and individual meetings – everyone’s voice was heard. We are very proud of what we collectively agreed on:

·         Beyond February

o   We are excited to start a new series celebrating many of the terrific black student athletes we’ve had in the history our football program. Every month on the 29th day please check out our Laurier Football social media outlets for these feature.

o   Our very first Beyond February on March 29th was Roan Kane:

·         Laurier Football Coaches Clinic

o   We had a very successful Coaches Clinic on March 27th with roughly 70 coaches from all over Canada and even a few international coaches.

·         CFL Draft May 4th

o   OL Bryce Bell & DE Alfred Green have completed their virtual CFL Combine and are anxiously awaiting the CFL Draft on May 4th. We are very proud of how hard they have worked and excited to hopefully hear their names called that evening.

o   https://www.laurierathletics.com/createarticle.php?ID=10812

·         Laurier Grad Soars – Ian Troop & Kojo Millington

o   Two more fantastic articles by David Grossman on Laurier Football alumni

o   Ian Troop: https://www.laurierathletics.com/createarticle.php?ID=10795

o   Kojo Millington: https://www.laurierathletics.com/createarticle.php?ID=10794

·         Talks with Hawks

o   Staff Member Dave Morrissey continues to put together terrific articles in his Talk with Hawks features.

o   Now up to 32 great interviews completed. See the list of interviews below and to view them all go here: https://laurierfootball.com/talks-with-hawks/

1) Scott Hutter
2) Chris Ackie
3) Dave Montoya
4) Rohan Thompson
5) Chris Vlowianitis
6) Kickers Roundtable
7) Stacey Coray
8) Tim Bisci
9) Ese Mrabure-Ajufo
10) Chris Reddy & Matt Fischer
11) Bizarre Plays
12) Hugh Lawson
13) Superstitions
14) Agro Brothers
15) 2019 Season
16) Anthony Maggiacomo
17) Ken Evraire
18) Ryan Pyear
19) Dillon Campbell
20) Andre Talbot
21) Shamawd Chambers
22) Coach Tom Arnott
23) Sukhneet Kahlon
24) The King City 4
25) Josh & Jesse Alexander
26) Kojo Millington
27) Jamie Lalonde
28) Respect
29) Levondre Gordon
30) Austin Reusch
31) Courtney Stephen
32) Roan Kane

Please Stay Well & Go Hawks Go!

Michael​

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