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.
· 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.
· 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 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.
· 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.
· 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.
|1||Oct 21 2020||Courtney Stephen||Money Matters|
|2||Nov 16 2020||Ian Troop||Leadership 101|
|3||Dec 2 2020||Rohan Thompson||Social Justice|
|4||Jan 11 2021||Andrew Agro||Professionalism|
|5||Jan 18 2021||Ken Evraire||Moments|
|6||Jan 25 2021||Donnie Ruiz||Your Vision Needs More Grit|
|7||Feb 1 2021||Hugh Lawson||Being A Great Communicator|
|8||Feb 8 2021||Pete Izzio||True Wealth – Cultivating Your Network|
|9||Feb 22 2021||Stacey Coray||Don’t wait for tomorrow|
|11||Mar 8 2021||Kwaku Boateng||Sacrifice|
|12||Mar 15 2021||Joe Vernon||Resilience|
|13||Mar 22 2021||Richard Ochran Jr||Your Time is Now|
|14||Mar 29 2021||Brandon Keks||Emotional Intelligence|
|15||Apr 6 2021||Andre Talbot||Mind Training for Peak Performance|
|16||Apr 26 2021||Jeff Weddig||Perseverance & Resiliency|
Please Stay Well & Go Hawks Go!