In February of 1993, I was hired as a teacher at St. Francis Xavier Secondary School in Mississauga.     I know one of the reasons why I was hired was because of my willingness to coach sports. Hiring coaches seemed to be a priority for administrators back then. I distinctly remember that when I started teaching at that school, we had at least 6 or 7 coaches for BOTH the senior and junior teams. At almost all high schools, those days are long gone.  At my school, I have had to rely on past players as volunteers just to field a program. Anyway, back in 93, one of those coaches was Randy Rybansky. Randy was only at STFX for a few years while I was there and I didn’t know him very well, but I tracked him down for this interview. Randy played for Laurier in the early 1980s. In 1983,he was selected as the Team MVP and in 1984 he was a 2nd Team OUA All Star. He was selected as the OUAA and CIAU player of the week on September 16, 1983. After a brief career in the CFL, Randy became a science teacher and taught in Mississauga before moving back home to Chatham to continue his teaching career there. He was enshrined in the Chatham Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.

(more…)

Golden Hawk Alumni & Friends of the Football program,

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

We are back! As we say goodbye to January we are also thankfully saying goodbye to many of the restrictions that have kept us out of the weight room and from our usual off-season practices. This week our players are able to get back to in-person workouts and starting next week, we will be back to our practices at RIM Park.

(more…)

Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

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

The season is over, but the work never stops for our Laurier Football players, coaches, and staff. Over the last several weeks our players have been able to get caught back up on their schoolwork, they’ve been going to the gym more and more, and we have still continued to practice every Tuesday evening for the last four weeks. These extra practices are a great opportunity for many of our young players who were on scout teams all year to run our Laurier Football offensive and defensive systems.

(more…)


Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program

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

Playoffs are here!!! This Saturday, November 6th at 1pm we will play host to the Guelph Gryphons at University Stadium. We finished the season 3-3 after a tough 36-8 loss to the Waterloo Warriors this past weekend. With Laurier, Waterloo, and Guelph all finishing 3-3, the tiebreaker came down to record against common opponents: Western, McMaster, and Windsor. We were 2-1 in those games, while Guelph and Waterloo were 1-2. As a result, we get the #2 seed and Guelph gets #3 because of their victory over Waterloo. The OUA West Semi-Finals will be #4 Waterloo @ #1 Western and #3 Guelph @ #2 Laurier. In the OUA East, the matchups are #4 Carleton @ #1 Queens and #3 Ottawa @ #2 Toronto.

(more…)

Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football prog­­­ram,

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

We are now 3-2 after a 33-8 victory over the Windsor Lancers this past weekend.  We now shift our focus to the final regular season game of the year this Saturday, October 30th at 1pm against the Waterloo Warriors.

(more…)

Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

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

We are now 2-2 after a 22-0 victory in Hamilton this past weekend against the McMaster Marauders.  We now shift our focus to the 2-2 Windsor Lancers who come to town this Saturday, October 23rd for a 2pm kickoff.

(more…)

Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football prog­­­ram,

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

We are now 1-2 after a 36-15 loss to the Western Mustangs. The score definitely looks lopsided, but with five minutes remaining in the game, we held a 15-14 lead before the floodgates opened. Tough to have silver linings or moral victories, but there is lots to build off for how we played for 3.5 quarters. We will use this bye week to work on fundamentals, execution, and ultimately get healthier for the final stretch of the season.

(more…)

­­­­Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football prog­­­ram,

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

We are 1-0 after a 37-6 victory over the York Lions this past Saturday Afternoon. There is lots to be impressed with and happy about, but also many areas that we can improve upon and will this week before our big game vs Waterloo this Saturday.

(more…)