Announced today via Gryphons.ca …
GUELPH, ON – Kevin MacNeill has been named the interim Head Coach of the University of Guelph football program. This appointment will see him serve as Head Coach of the Gryphons until April of 2017. For the 38-year-old MacNeill, this marks his first head coaching stint at the CIS level after having served as the Gryphons Defensive Coordinator for the past six seasons. MacNeill takes over the head coaching position from Stu Lang who, this past November, moved into an advisory role with the program after having served as the head coach since 2010.
“When I hired Kevin, I knew he was going to become a wonderful head coach” says Lang. “He has all the fundamental requirements needed to succeed in that role – a passion for winning, a great football IQ, a relentless recruiting work ethic and a dedication to his players’ improvement. I know that the success we have achieved will be sustained under Kevin’s watch.”
The full story is worth reading – Kevin MacNeill named interim head coach of Gryphon Football. It includes comments from Manager of Intercollegiate Programs, Angela Orton and Associate Vice-President (Student Affairs), Brenda Whiteside. It also covers MacNeill’s six years at Guelph, has comments from MacNeill and a full bio.
My Quick Thoughts: Congratulations to Coach MacNeill!! I’m very happy he has the job, even if it contains the “Interim” tag. In my opinion that simply is a result of not having a new Athletic Director in place as quickly as I would have hoped. It is a better option than waiting another month or two for the announcement of a head coach.
Hiring from the current staff will help to ensure that the Gryphons maintain a fair bit of stability with the coaching staff. I expect Kevin will turn over defensive coordinator duties to his Assistant DC and LB Coach Adam Grandy. Players like playing for MacNeill so I expect he already has the support of the players in the locker room.
While being promoted to his first CIS head coaching will make this a day that Kevin will remember, I hope it’s not a perfect day for him. I sincerely hope his Alabama Crimson Tide go down in defeat to Clemson tonight in the College Football Playoff National Championship game.
Go Tigers!! Roll over the Tide!!