20161112-kha-vo-laurier-mfoot-vs-western-479Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

We’re just two weeks away from the start of training camp! Our whole team is getting ready and excited to report to camp on Thursday, August 10th.

We will have a week of practices, alternating two-a-day practice days with power practice days (one practice but longer) and then we will board the buses and head to Montreal to play a preseason game against Concordia University on Friday, August 18th at 2pm.

We are extremely happy with the depth we have at all positions and, despite losing some very talented players every year to graduation (and the CFL draft), it is definitely not a matter of starting over, but just reloading and getting even better.

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Recruiting at the Canada Cup last week in Wolfville, Nova Scotia was a success. Once again, Team Quebec won the gold medal – which is their third consecutive Canada Cup victory. Here are the eight teams that were in the tournament and the place that they finished:

  1. Quebec
  2. Saskatchewan
  3. Ontario
  4. Alberta
  5. British Columbia
  6. Nova Scotia
  7. Manitoba
  8. New Brunswick

Throughout the week, coaches Dwayne Cameron, Irv Daymond and I were able to speak to these top under-18 players from around the country. We watched them practice, play in their respective games and (more importantly) saw how they carry themselves off the field – which is a good judge of character.

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Michael Faulds with Wilfrid Laurier University’s former dean of students Fred Nichols.

Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

Excitement is growing around the program as we are roughly six weeks away from training camp.

This Sunday, was our annual summer Organized Team Activity (OTA) and, amazingly, 75 players attended. The OTA is held once a summer and a chance to bring together the majority of the team.

Many players stay in Kitchener-Waterloo for the summer, but the OTA is something players who go home for the summer mark in their calendars and come back for.

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Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

Many people tied to Laurier Football were in attendance on Saturday at Wildwinds Golf Links for the Gary Jeffries Golf Classic. It was a fun afternoon honouring the great career of Coach Jeff. Only six head coaches ever at our schools great football program and four of us were there together on Saturday.

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The month of May has quickly come and gone and already we are under two and a half months until we start training camp.

More players than ever have decided to stay in Kitchener-Waterloo this summer to train and work out with their teammates. Many of these players spend the summer not only training, but taking summer school classes and working a variety of jobs.

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20170428 - Kha Vo - Laurier Football Dinner 2017-75Golden Hawk alumni & friends of the football program,

CFL training camps are starting up across the country and our three new draftees are eager to get started.

Linebacker Nakas Onyeka and the Toronto Argonauts started rookie camp opened Wednesday, May 24th at York University, defensive end Kwaku Boateng and the Edmonton Eskimos do not have rookie camp, but his main training camp starts Sunday, May 28th and offensive lineman Brett Golding and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats start rookie camp began Thursday, May 25th.

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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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Photo: Kha Vo

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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