New O-Line Coach

photo by Kyle Rodriguez, artifactsforlife.com

Its no secret that Mike MacDonald is the new offensive line coach at Guelph.  MacDonald worked with Carl Tolmie last season as Assistant OL Coach.  His promotion to OL coach was a “no brainer” in my opinion.  Not only is MacDonald widely respected and experienced, but he’ll bring more continuity to this unit than any other coach could.

As a player MacDonald suited up for the University of Waterloo Warriors for four seasons where he was a team captain and was named Most Valuable Lineman.  He was a product of Belleville’s Quinte Secondary School.

MacDonald has coached 12 seasons in the Burlington Minor Football Association as a head coach and OL coach.  His Stampeder teams have won 10 provincial and league championships including the past two years when he coached the Oline for Neil Lumsden’s Varsity Stampeders.  For the past 6 years he has also coached with Burlington’s Notre Dame High School.  The Fighting Irish appeared in 6 straight league championships winnning five.  Notre Dame won the past two Golden Horseshoe Bowls.

In 2007 the Ontario Football Alliance named MacDonald “Senior Coach of the Year”.  He has coached at McMaster’s UpFront Oline Camp the past three years.  MacDonald was a presenter at Football Canada Coaches Association’s Spring Convention & Clinic.

Mike and his wife Anne Marie are the parents of Gryphon defensive back Brett MacDonald.  Their younger son Daniel, a FB and long snapper, is a member of the 2011 recruiting class.  MacDonald is already actively involved in scouting and recruiting future Gryphon offensive linemen.  MacDonald has served the past 26 years with the RCMP and currently works out of the Toronto West Detachment.

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