NFL Canada’s Mike Danischewsky has joined the Gryphons as their new receivers coach. While Danischewsky has worked the past 7 years for the NFL managing Canada’s licensing department, fan and football development programs, and events, his coaching experience is almost purely Canadian.
Danischewsky has spent 10 years coaching in the OVFL, one with the Guelph Bears, the other nine with the Metro Toronto Wildcats. He was an Offensive Coordinator all those season and combined that role with the duties of Head Coach for the Wildcats in ’09 & ’10. (10-6 record in those years) In ‘o1 & ’02 he was an assistant at York University. York made the playoffs in 2002 eliminating the Ottawa GeeGees in the quarterfinals. The next two years Danischewsky worked as a volunteer assistant with the Toronto Argonauts. He has also attended NFL training camps, meetings and film sessions with the Kansas City Chiefs and the Detroit Lions.
One of Danischewsky’s major accomplishments in the OVFL would seem to be producing a large number of excellent receivers and quarterbacks.
Notable WRs at MTW: Shawn Gore (#11 overall in 2010 CFL draft); Rickey Clarke (Team Canada WR); Kevin Logan (LaFayette University grad); Mike Mizerski, Justene Edwards (McGill), Justin Babin, Robin Legault (York)
In 10 years, MTW had two receivers annually in OVFL top 10 receiving 7 times, including league’s leading receiver four times. From 2003-2010, every MTW QB (6 total) played in the CIS (varying degrees of success and not necessarily at QB but an interesting streak nonetheless).
Mike was a QB and WR at Toronto’s Lawrence Park Collegiate. He played one season of rugby at Guelph but a broken leg in summer rugby ended his competitive sports career. He graduated from Guelph with a History degree in 1997.
A quote from the coach … “There is solid talent and depth at the position so no receiver will be able to let up, or someone will take their spot.” Danischewsky was at spring practice.