Coaches & alumni in the news – Jan 30/14

Olympic bobsledder Tim Randall

Olympic bobsledder Tim Randall

A feature story on former Gryphon Tim Randall in the Hamilton Spectator today – Sochi-bound bobsledder Randall switches on beardmode. And a story earlier in the week in the Guelph Mercury on Randall and former Gryphon track star Cody SorensenThey crashed and came back for more. The Spectator’s story focuses largely on the amazing beard that Randall has grown since last summer. Randall is marketing a line of products under the beardmode label. Proceeds go to Halton school athletics. All that and no mention of Duck Dynasty.

From the Spec:

The 27-year-old Assumption grad was a clean-shaven running back at the University of Guelph four years ago. As his college days were winding down he started looking for a new outlet for his competitive side. That’s when he turned on the TV and saw Lumsden pushing at Vancouver.

Suddenly, the light bulb went on. Randall went online, found out there were open tryouts, and headed to York University at his first opportunity. He knew nothing about the sport, but he killed at the sprinting and jumping and lifting and throwing tests and was invited to the next stage in Calgary a month later.

Sounds like hard work in the weight room had unintended benefits for Randall.

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In the Mercury today Rob Massey adds some details to the info I shared here with respect to Guelph coaches heading to Texas to coach Football Canada and Football Ontario squads in the International Bowl series of games.

Brown will be making a return trip to Texas as he guided the under-17 team to a 20-19 victory over the U.S. at Austin, Tex.

“We did come back and win it and we managed to hold off their late comeback,” Brown said. “That was actually the first time this age group went down.”

For MacNeill, it’s his first time with a national squad.

“I don’t really know what to expect yet in terms of the coaching aspect of it,” he said. “It’s going to be my first international competition so I’m kind of eager to coach American football rules. It’s going to be different. I’m excited to see that and I’ve already dug into the playbook a little bit.”

Read the full story: Gryphon coaches head south to expand their game. Massey does catch one name I missed. Long-time Guelph football coach/team manager Jim Rion is head coach the Team Ontario U-15 team.

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Two Gryphon teammates reunited at the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama last week. Both were working at the event. Chris Rossetti in his new capacity as Director of Player Personnel with the Toronto Argonauts and Dillon Dimitroff  with the group that organized the event.

Chris Rossetti & Dillon Dimitroff (r)

Chris Rossetti (left) & Dillon Dimitroff

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