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FOOTBALL STAFF FINALIZED FOR 2013 SEASON

July 10, 2013
Jamie Howieson
Laurier Athletics

WATERLOO, ON - Wilfrid Laurier University manager of men's football operations and head coach Michael Faulds announced this week his coaching staff for the upcoming 2013 season.

Highlighting the on field group are five new faces including offensive line coach Irv Daymond, receivers coach Mark Surya, running backs coach Ryan Lynch, quarterback technician Wally Gabler and defensive line coach Anthony Cannon.

This group joins the returning group of coaches led by defensive coordinator and associated head coach Ron VanMoerkerke and newly-appointed special teams coordinator Dwayne Cameron, who has also taken on the role as recruiting coordinator for the team.

"I am extremely happy with the coaching staff that we have assembled," commented Faulds on the group that will assist him this season. "We have maintained the rich Laurier tradition and history with the seven coaches that will continue from last year's staff and have added great new insight and ideas with the five new coaches. I believe this is the perfect combination to make Laurier successful again."

All five of the new faces will be recognized by fans of not only the Golden Hawks but of football in general. Two of the biggest names are Daymond and Cannon. Daymond had a 10 year CFL career playing offensive line for the Ottawa Rough Riders. Drafted in the sixth round by Ottawa in 1984, he went on to twice earn CFL All-Star awards. Since his playing career ended, he has coached with both the Ottawa Gee-Gees and the McGill Redmen.

As for Cannon, he played college football with Tulane University in Louisiana from 2002 until 2005. Following a great career with the Green Wave, he was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He spent three years with the Lions before moving on to the CFL's Toronto Argonauts.

The remaining three names will all be familiar to Golden Hawk fans. Surya, the new receivers coach, played two years with the Golden Hawks after using his first three years of eligibility with Queen's. A Vanier Cup winner with the Gaels, Surya played in 16 games for Laurier making 43 catches for 544 yards and six touchdowns.

Coaching the running backs will be another former Hawk in Lynch. A two-time Yates Cup Champion and Vanier Cup Champion with Laurier, Lynch amassed 2,634 yards and 16 touchdowns over his five year career with the purple and gold. His rushing yards total ranks him third all-time at Laurier.

Finally, Gabler joins the Hawks coaching staff once again. Laurier's special teams coordinator and quarterbacks coach back in 2005 during the Hawks run to the Vanier Cup, Gabler returns to the coaching staff in a mentor role for the quarterbacks.

"Our staff has been working tirelessly since my hire six months ago to ensure that we can provide our current and future Laurier Football players the best student-athlete experience," added Faulds on the work his staff has been doing. "We are teaching more than X's and O's, we are teaching life skills that last much longer than five years of eligibility and in doing so we are building leaders."

The Golden Hawks will assemble for training camp to kick off the 2013 season on August 15. The team will have 10 days to prepare before their season opener against the reigning Yates Cup finalists, the Guelph Gryphons, in Guelph on August 25.



2013 Laurier Football On Field Coaching Staff:

Michael Faulds - Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator
Ron VanMoerkerke - Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator
Dwayne Cameron - Special Teams Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator/Defensive Backs Coach
Irv Daymond - Offensive Line Coach
Dave Montoya - Offensive Line Coach
Mark Surya - Receivers Coach
Rob Dalley - Receivers Coach
Ryan Lynch - Running Backs Coach
Wally Gabler - Quarterbacks Technician
Anthony Cannon - Defensive Line Coach
Jesse Alexander - Linebackers Coach
Jahmeeks Beckford - Defensive Backs Coach
John Katsaouni - Kicking Coach




DELL AND ANTHONY TAKEN IN 5TH ROUND OF CFL DRAFT

May 6, 2013
Jamie Howieson
Laurier Athletics

TORONTO, ON- Two members of the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks were drafted into the Canadian Football League (CFL) on Monday afternoon as the league held its annual Canadian College Draft.

Full back Isaac Dell of Niagara Falls, Ont., was the first Laurier player selected as he led off the fifth round being selected 37th overall by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. The 6-1, 218 lbs., graduate of Stamford Collegiate had a breakout season for the Hawks, making 16 catches for 226 yards while adding 20 rushes for 106 yards. At the CFL E-Camp back in March, Dell put in a strong showing as he finished third overall in both the broad jump and 3-cone drill.

Two picks later, receiver Alex Anthony of Victoria, B.C., was drafted by the Saskatchewan Roughriders, a team with a history of cultivating strong, Canadian receivers including former CIS players Andy Fantuz and Rob Bagg. The 6-2, 205 lbs., graduate of Mount Douglas SS was the Hawks top receiver in 2012 as he made 21 catches for 300 yards and two touchdowns. He made his case to the CFL scouts back in the 40 yard dash at the CFL E-Camp where he put up the eighth fastest time, clocking a time of 4.626 seconds.

With Dell and Anthony both being selected on Monday, Wilfrid Laurier now ranks seventh among Canadian universities for number of CFL draft picks since 2000. Over the past 13 drafts, 23 Golden Hawks have graduated to the CFL ranks via the draft including a pair of first round picks in Shamawd Chambers (2012) and Justin Phillips (2007).




FOOTBALL CORPORATE DINNER RAISES $60,000

April 26, 2013
Jamie Howieson
Laurier Athletics


WATERLOO, ON - On Thursday night, the Wilfrid Laurier Department of Athletics and Recreation hosted the 14th annual Friends of Golden Hawk Football Reception and Dinner presented by Sun Life Financial at the Waterloo Inn.

The event raised $60,000 which will directly benefit the Laurier Golden Hawks football program.

Damon Allen, a four-time Grey Cup Champion and three-time Grey Cup MVP, highlighted the evening as the Keynote Speaker. Widely considered to be one of the greatest Canadian Football League (CFL), Allen is a former record holder of the all-time passing yards mark in professional football as he finished his career with 72,381 yards for his career. He is only one of four players to ever surpass the 70,000 yard mark in his career.

Thursday's dinner also saw new Manager of Football Operations and Head Coach Michael Faulds deliver one of his public addresses in which he discussed the state of the Golden Hawks football program heading into the 2013 season. The topics of Faulds' speech included an updated look at the coaching staff, a run through of the recently completed Spring Camp as well as n examination of the roster heading into his first season at the helm of the football program.

The Friends of Golden Hawk Football Reception and Dinner is a fundraising initiative of the Laurier Golden Hawk Football program. To date, the event has raised over $800,000 for the Golden Hawk football program. The funds are directed into enhancements and support, such as equipment, academic assistance, coaching support and facilities.

The event will be replayed on RogersTV Waterloo Region (Cable 20) on Sunday, April 28 at 6 p.m., Friday, May 3 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, May 4 at 1 p.m.

Laurier will open their 2013 football season at the earliest date in team history when they travel to Guelph to take on last years Yates Cup finalists, the Gryphons on Sunday, August 25. The Golden Hawks will then play their home opener on Monday, September 2 against the Toronto Varsity Blues

(Photo: courtesy Thomasz Adamski, Laurier Athletics)




REGISTER FOR THE SECOND ANNUAL LAURIER FOOTBALL GOLF DAY

March 29, 2013
Dan Polischuk
Laurier Football Club

Football action may be on hold until August, but the support for Laurier's football program keeps going year round - and it continues with the second annual Laurier Football Golf Day on May 13, 2013.

The Laurier Football Club invites all current and past Laurier football players, coaches, managers, trainers - as well as fans and friends of the Hawks alike - for a day of golf at Crosswinds Golf Course (located just west of Milton, ON. Click HERE for address information).

The day will begin with a continental breakfast at 8 a.m, which will then be followed by a shotgun start at 9 a.m. (rain or shine). The planned format is a fun, yet competitive, scramble. Participants are encouraged to enter a foursome from their playing era, recruiting class, etc. (single participants are welcome and will be assigned to a foursome).

There will be two competitive flights: A and B - which will be based on team estimates on their overall handicap. If so desired, all participants have the option to play their own ball within the foursome and not compete in the Scramble Competition.

At 2 p.m., a BBQ lunch will be provided to all participants.

The total cost for the day of golf (and two meals) is $100. Proceeds from the day's event will go towards the Golden Hawk football program.

The registration deadline for this fantastic event is set for Friday May 5th, 2013 and should be done online by clicking HERE.

Hope to see you out on the course!

For more information, email Brent Stucke at brent@venngo.com




DELL AND ANTHONY SHOW WELL AT CFL COMBINE

March 26, 2013
Jamie Howieson
Laurier Athletics


TORONTO, ON - Isaac Dell of Niagara Falls, Ont., and Alex Anthony of Victoria, B.C., two members of the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks football team, put in strong performances at last weekend's Canadian Football League (CFL) Combine as they looked to improve their standing heading into the 2013 Canadian College Draft.

Dell, a fourth year full back, had his best performance in the broad jump as his leap of 10 feet, three inches was good enough for third overall and tops among all running backs. He would match that third place showing in the 3-cone drill with a time of 6.962 seconds, which was once again the best showing from the running back contingent

As for Anthony, a fourth year receiver, his time in the spotlight came in the 40-yard dash where his time of 4.626 seconds ranked him eighth overall in the event and third best in the receivers group. He would also place sixth in the shuttle run with a time of 4.101 seconds, once again third best among his fellow receivers.

For a full recap of the combine results, visit www.cfl.ca.

With their final chance to impress CFL teams over, both Dell and Anthony will now wait until May 6 where they will hope to hear their name called at the 2013 Canadian College Draft which will be broadcast live on TSN beginning at 12 p.m.

(Photo: Jeff Chan)




LAURIER FOOTBALL RECRUITING UPDATE


March 4, 2013
Jamie Howieson
Laurier Athletics

WATERLOO, ON - Head Coach Michael Faulds, recruiting coordinator Dwayne Cameron and the Wilfrid Laurier football program is pleased to announce the first group of recruits who have committed to the Golden Hawks for the 2013 season.

In total, more than 20 players have given their commitment to Laurier thanks to a new push in recruiting by the Golden Hawks that has seen Coaches Faulds and Cameron travel across the province to personally sign each athlete to a letter of intent.

"We have worked really hard as a staff to assemble a great recruiting class thus far," said Faulds on the student-athletes they have signed. "By no means is this recruiting class finished, but we are extremely happy that these young student-athletes have chosen Wilfrid Laurier University to further their education and play football."

"This group is comprised of some of the best high school football players from across Ontario. We have not solely focused on any one position, but rather on recruiting the best available student-athletes," added Faulds.

The group, which features a balance of talent on both sides of the football, is highlighted by a couple of high-end student-athletes on the offensive and defensive lines. Leading the offensive line recruits are Edward Cadougan and Luke Reeves. Cadougan, who currently attends Senator O'Connor College School, is a 6-1, 280 lbs., guard who is athletic, powerful and finishes his blocks. According to Cameron, he is a leader on and off the field and will make an immediate impact with the team upon his arrival on campus.

Joining Cadougan on the offensive line is 6-4 Luke Reeves out of London's Oakridge Secondary. A significant addition to the centre position, Reeves possesses ideal size and can snap the ball effectively both under centre and in a shot gun formation. Cameron sees Reeves as an individual who possess a great deal of potential who can play immediately with the Hawks.

Also joining Laurier on the offensive line next season will be 6-1, 255 lbs., Brock Vandermeer (Uxbridge Secondary) and 6-3, 260 lbs., Chad Harwood (Our Lady of Mount Carmel Secondary).

Moving over to the defensive line, Eric McCormick, a local product from Jacob Hespeler Secondary, and Kwaku Boateng (Bishop Reding Secondary), highlight a group of five student-athletes at the position. McCormick, standing 6-4 and weighing 275 lbs., is a very aggressive player who possesses excellent fundamentals and ideal size according to Cameron. It is expected that he will compete for a dress spot on the roster early in his career. As for Boateng, Cameron describes him as an explosive defensive end prospect who will be a dominant edge pass rusher. At 6-2, 210 lbs., Boateng runs a 4.7 second 40 yard dash and will be effective on special teams coverage.

Three other athletes will also join Laurier on the defensive line in 2013 including Andrew Richards (Richview Collegiate), Alex Zamin (Resurrection Catholic Secondary) and Alex Casella (Niagara Academy).

Back on offence, the purple and gold have recruited seven receivers and a tight end to their team for next season. Highlighting this group is 5-11, 197 lbs., receiver Marcus Arkarakas out of King City Secondary. Described by Cameron as a dynamic offensive threat, Arkarakas is projected as an inside slot receiver who has the ability to break tackles to gain all-important yards after the catch.

Also joining the Golden Hawks will be Anthony Pizzuti, a current member of the Hamilton Hurricanes of the Candian Junior Football League (CJFL). The 6-1, 210 lbs., wideout made 43 catches for 836 yards and nine touchdowns in his first season with the Hurricanes last year.

Along with Arkarakas and Pizzuti, Laurier has also recruited Anthony Powless (Assumption College School), Tudor Berteian (Christ the King Catholic Secondary), Andrew VanKooten (Assumption College School), Nathaniel Rouse (Richview Collegiate), Nick Adjei (Richview Collegiate) and Matt Davidson (Jacob Hespler Secondary).

Rounding out the offensive recruits is Haydn Gaskill-Cadwallader, a 5-11, 200 lbs., running back from Christ the King Catholic Secondary in Georgetown.

Back over on the defensive side of the ball, the Hawks have added four linebackers, including Shalmar Walters (Bishop Reding Secondary), Brandon Calver (A. B. Lucas Secondary), Derek Vos (J.F. Ross Collegiate) and Nic Constantin (Richview Collegiate). As well, Laurier has also loaded up on defensive backs with Damon Morgan (Assumption College School), Jordan Samek (Westdale Secondary), Ronald Kinga (St. James Catholic), Austin Spilotro (King City Secondary) and Cordelle Walden (St. Marguerite D'Youville Secondary) all joining the team next season.

(Photo courtesy: Laurier Athletics)




ALLEN TO SPEAK AT LAURIER FOOTBALL DINNER



February 25, 2013
Jamie Howieson
Laurier Athletics

WATERLOO, ON - The Wilfrid Laurier Department of Athletics and Recreation is pleased to announce that Damon Allen, a four-time Grey Cup champion and former record holder of the all-time passing yards mark in Pro football, will be the keynote speaker at the 14th Annual Friends of Golden Hawk Football Reception and Dinner, presented by Sun Life Financial, on April 25, 2013.

Allen, considered to be one of the greatest Canadian Football League (CFL) quarterbacks of all-time, played 23 seasons in the league with six different clubs. He won his first Grey Cup championship in 1987 with the Edmonton Eskimos, earning offensive MVP honours for the game. He would go on to win the league championship three more time, including his final one in 2004 when he overcame a fractured leg to lead the Toronto Argonauts to the title, earning his third Grey Cup MVP trophy.

However, perhaps the ageless quarterback's greatest success was becoming Pro football's all-time passing leader back in 2006. In a game against the arch-rival Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Allen, playing with the Argonauts at the time, passed Warren Moon's record of 70,553 yards. He would go on to finish his career with 72,381 yards, one of only four players to ever surpass 70,000 career yards.

Since the completion of his career, Allen, the younger brother of National Football League Hall-of-Famer and Super Bowl MVP, Marcus Allen, has been active in the Toronto community throughout the year including being a supporter of the Argonauts' Anti-Bullying and Stop the Violence campaigns.

"Damon is one of the greatest leaders to ever play the game of football and we are honoured to have him speak at our event," commented Peter Baxter, Wilfrid Laurier's director of athletics and recreation. "His ability to inspire audiences with his positive message of leadership and teamwork will surely be the high point of the evening."

As has been the case in year's past, Allen will highlight the event with his address to the audience following dinner. However, this year, Allen will also conduct a question and answer session along with new Laurier head coach Michael Faulds. The two share many similar attributes including both holding all-time passing records as well as developing their leadership skills by playing football at the quarterback position.

Coach Faulds will also give his vision for the future of Golden Hawk football. This will include many new and exciting developments in recruiting, his new staff of coaches and a peek into the re-vamped, no-huddle offence the Hawks will implement in 2013.

The 14th Annual Friends of Golden Hawk Football Reception and Dinner will be hosted at the Waterloo Inn Conference Hotel in Waterloo, Ont. Tickets for the event are $150 each or Table Sponsorships are available for $1,500, which includes eight seats, eight season tickets for the 2012 Laurier Football season and recognition in the event's multi-media presentation and event program. They can be purchased by visiting www.laurierathletics.com/footballdinner.

For more information, contact Jon Kursikowski at jkursikowski@wlu.ca or by phone at 519-884-0710 ext. 3289.




LAURIER FOOTBALL INTRODUCES NEW HEAD COACH

January 8, 2013
Justin Fauteux
The Cord



At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, the Laurier Golden Hawks officially named Michael Faulds as Gary Jeffries’ successor as football head coach. Faulds was hired following what Laurier athletic director Peter Baxter called a “national search” that included 25 applicants.

Faulds has spent the past three seasons as the Offensive Coordinator for the York Lions, but most will associate his name with his record-setting playing career with the Western Mustangs from 2005-09. Faulds holds the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) record for career passing yards with 10,811 a record he set in 2009 by passing for 3,033 yards, a CIS single-season record.

Faulds joined York’s coaching staff in 2010, a season in which the perennially bottow-dwelling Lions finished 0-8. In the following two seasons, the team went 1-7 and 2-6 respectively. However, Faulds is credited with improving the Lions’ offence, particularly this past season in which the team finished seventh in Canada in yards per game, sixth in the CIS in passing yards per game.

Taking over Laurier’s head coaching duties at just 29 years old, there will be less than a decade in age between Faulds and most of his players. However, he didn’t shy away from questions about his age or experience.

“In terms of some critics out there, the passport doesn’t lie, I am 29 years old,” he said. “I am a first-time head coach, I didn’t lie on my resume either… The question did come up many times, ‘Are you sure you’re ready for this job?’ And I just said ‘I’m sure out of those 25 applicants, you’ve probably got a lot of 45-65-year-old coaches with a lot of experience that applied, but in my 29 years, no one has been more entrenched in the sport of football than me.’”

Faulds will be taking over a team that finished 3-5 and squeaked into the playoffs in 2012, getting eliminated quickly by the Queen’s Gaels. He will also be taking over from Gary Jeffries, who stepped down following the season after 10 years as head coach and nearly 40 with the program as a player and assistant coach.

“I have reached out to many of the former coaches,” said Faulds. “And I will say that Coach Jeffries and I, we had a good talk and I’ve always respected him as a person as everyone in here has and he has that mutual respect.”

Though Faulds was the star of Thursday’s press conference, he wasn’t the only one getting a new title. Ron Vanmoerkerke, who has been the Hawks’ defensive coordinator since 2003 will add the role of associate head coach, while continuing to serve as defensive coordinator.

The addition of Faulds also meant the end of Ryan Pyear’s tenure with the Golden Hawks. Pyear, who quarterbacked Laurier to its 2005 Vanier Cup win, has served as the team’s offensive coordinator since 2006. The Laurier Athletics Department has confirmed that Pyear is “no longer working with the program”, which likely means Faulds will also take over as offensive coordinator.

(Photo: Matthew McCarthy, Waterloo Region Record)