EastWest2017_2Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

Very exciting times for three of our players drafted in the 2017 CFL Draft. Linebacker Nakas Onyeka was the 36th pick by the Toronto Argonauts, defensive end Kwaku Boateng was the 41st selection by the Edmonton Eskimos and offensive lineman Brett Golding was the 56th pick and is heading to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

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Jamie Howieson
Laurier Athletics

QUEBEC CITY, QC – Regina quarterback Noah Picton threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach for the East, paving the way for a 37-13 West victory during the 15th annual U SPORTS Valero East-West Bowl at TELUS-UL Stadium in front of 6,528 fans in Quebec City on Saturday afternoon.

With a second consecutive win, the West improves its record to 9-6 since the Canadian Football League top prospects game was inaugurated in 2003.

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Jamie Howieson
QUEBEC CITY (U SPORTS) – Wayne Harris Jr. of the Vanier Cup finalist Calgary Dinos and Gary Waterman of the AUS champion StFX X-Men were introduced to the media Tuesday in Quebec city as head coaches ahead of the 2017 U SPORTS Valero East-West Bowl.

OFFICIAL WEBSITE (including ticket info): http://en.usports.ca/eastwestbowl 

Harris Jr., who guided the Dinos to their fourth national championship appearance in eight seasons in November, will be at the helm of the West team on Saturday, while Waterman, who led the X-Men to a second straight national semifinal, will be in charge of the East squad – in a coaching rematch of the 2016 ArcelorMittal Dofasco Mitchell Bowl.

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Laura O’Toole
Laurier Athletics

WATERLOO, ON – Three members of the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks men’s football team were selected in the 2017 CFL Canadian Draft on Sunday night.

Linebacker Nakas Onyeka of Brampton Ont., was the first Golden Hawk to have his name called out during the draft. Onyeka was chosen 36th overall in the fifth round by the Toronto Argonauts, and was the fifth linebacker selected in the 2017 draft. Coming off his best season yet, the communications major shone in 2016 as he was the OUA President’s Award recipient, as well as an OUA First Team All-Star and U SPORTS First-Team All-Canadian.

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Going through the 2017 draft I find it’s always best to look backwards before looking forwards so with two days until the CFL draft I took a look at the quality and quantity of USPORTS players drafted by the Canadian Football League since 1985.

 I weighed the average draft pick of each institution to see quality of athlete. While this obviously says nothing about the quality of the player during their supposed CFL career it does tell you something about their evaluation and generally speaking the quality of the program. I understand these numbers are skewed by variables such as players getting drafted far below their talent level due to NFL interest or injury concerns which might have little to no impact on the player once drafted, but it’s still informative to realize those variables have a comparatively small effect on the overall question of quantity vs. quality.

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Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

The Laurier Football Dinner on Friday evening at Bingemans was a success. Thank you to everyone involved in the planning and setup. A special thanks to Andy Baechler who emceed and to Mark Lee & Justin Dunk for being a part of our Yates Cup Recap round-table.

The event raised over $40,000 for our football program. Here is a great article on the event including a video recap: https://laurierfootball.com/2017/05/03/golden-hawks-football-dinner-raises-40000/

At the dinner, we were thrilled to unveil a new fundraising initiative called the “Legacy Fund”. The Legacy Fund will allow us to have sustained success and ensure that our Golden Hawk football program is year after year an elite, upper echelon team in the country. Please click here for all the details and a video explaining it further.

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Jamie Howieson
Laurier Athletics

WATERLOO, ON – Last Friday evening, the Wilfrid Laurier Department of Athletics and Recreation hosted the 18th annual Golden Hawks Football Dinner, presented by Sun Life Financial, at Bingemans Conference Centre.

The event raised over $40,000 which will directly benefit the Golden Hawks football program.

Highlighting the evening was a roundtable question and answer session featuring some of those closest to the Golden Hawks thrilling Yates Cup victory over the Western Mustangs last November. Hosted by emcee Andy Baechler, the roundtable also featured head coach Michael Faulds, quarterback Michael Knevel, linebacker Nakas Onyeka as well as Mark Lee and Justin Dunk, the two commentators who called the game on CHCH television.

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Laurier Football Dinner week is finally here! We are excited that so many of you are attending and will be here to celebrate the 2016 Yates Cup winning season and look ahead to what is promising to be a terrific 2017 season.

In a year of three coaching departures, I am thrilled to say that we have signed two of the best coaches in the country to five-year deals. When you think of Laurier Football, you think of solid defence and a commitment to running the football. Well, no one impacts these two areas more than Coaches Ron VanMoerkerke and Irv Daymond.

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WATERLOO, ON – The Wilfrid Laurier University men’s football team announced on Wednesday that offensive line coach Irv Daymond has signed a five-year contract extension that will see him remain on the coaching staff through the 2021 season.

Daymond, who has been a member of the Golden Hawks coaching staff since 2013, has overseen a complete rebuild of Laurier’s offensive line over the last four years, and culminated with them leading the way for the top rushing offence in the nation in 2016.

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WATERLOO, ON – Peter Baxter, the director of athletics and recreation at Wilfrid Laurier University, announced on Tuesday that he has re-signed men’s football associate head coach and defensive coordinator Ron VanMoerkerke to a five-year contract extension.

VanMoerkerke, who has been on the Golden Hawks coaching staff for the last 17 seasons, and also holds the role of defensive line coach, will remain a part of head coach Michael Faulds’ staff through the 2021 season.

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