Laurier Football – May 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.

Despite being in a stay at home lockdown in Ontario there is great optimism that OUA sports will be back this fall. As cases continue to drop and vaccine numbers continue to rise, we are positively envisioning a fall where our student athletes will be back on the field and our coaches on the sideline.

The OUA has not gone public with it yet, but hopefully in the coming week you will get to see the slightly condensed schedules for both the fall and winter sports. After a year of no sports, even a condensed schedule will be exciting for everyone involved, both for physical and mental reasons.

More Laurier Football Headlines:

·         President Deborah MacLatchy Appointed for Second Term

o   Very excited to hear that Laurier President has been given a second five-year term! President MacLatchy has been a huge supporter of our football program. She has been to almost all of both our home and away games, including the exciting 2016 Yates Cup which she viewed from our sideline.

o   https://www.wlu.ca/news/news-releases/2021/may/laurier-president-and-vice-chancellor-deborah-maclatchy-appointed-for-second-term.html

·         KP Anand – Associate Director of Business Development and Operations

o   After a national search we are pumped that KP Anand is staying with the Golden Hawk Athletic Department.

o   https://www.laurierathletics.com/createarticle.php?ID=10831

·         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 from June 24th to July 2nd.

o   Stay tuned to all Laurier Football and WLU Athletics social media platforms during that time period.

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

·         Graduating Football Players

o   Congratulations to Bryce, Brad, Alfred, and Ben for being amazing student athletes here at Laurier. They achieved greatness by doing their best daily: in the classroom, meetings, workouts, and football field.

·         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 first two Beyond February

§  March 29th Roan Kane

§  April 29th Chris Redguard

§  Check back this weekend for our May 29th feature

·         CFL Draft – Bryce Bell & Alfred Green

o   Big congratulations to OL Bryce Bell & DE Alfred Green for being drafted earlier this month in the CFL Draft.

o   https://www.laurierathletics.com/createarticle.php?ID=10827

o   Alfred being drafted also continues a long list of Defensive Lineman from our program making it to the next level. Under Coach VanMoerkerke’s D-Line expertise and the hard work of these student athletes, the graphic below shows just how many have reached professional football.

·         2021 East/West Bowl – 6 Golden Hawks Announced

o   Very happy to see that the CFL & U Sports agreed to still announce this years East/West Bowl invites even with there being no game played.

o   East/West is some of the top football prospects, who are about to enter their senior year and this helps put them on the radar of the 9 CFL teams for the CFL draft the following spring.

o   https://www.laurierathletics.com/createarticle.php?ID=10830

·         Wendy Webb – Retirement

o   Congratulations to Wendy on her retirement. Wendy was truly a joy to work with and brightened up everyone’s day whenever they entered the athletic department offices.

o   https://www.laurierathletics.com/createarticle.php?ID=10822

·         Recruiting – JR Day

o   We had 35 of the top 2022 prospects from around the country join us for a JR Day. In a couple hours these grade 11’s learned about academic programs, support systems, residence, food, coaching staff, facilities, and more.

·         Ontario Football Mega-Clinic

o   Ontario Football and the OUA have teamed up to put on a great coaches clinic this weekend.

o   All 11 OUA teams have a coach presenting and from Laurier – Coach Todd Galloway will be presenting on receivers.

o   More Information: https://t.co/QlTBqiS37g?amp=1

o   Registration: https://t.co/KY29wTmTIS?amp=1

·         Alumni Guest Speakers

o   Our Alumni guest speakers have been fantastic and the topics, stories, and messaging has been so beneficial to both our players and coaches on the team meetings.

 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
16Apr 26 2021Jeff WeddigPerseverance & Resiliency

Please Stay Well & Go Hawks Go!

Michael​

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