On Tuesday the Gryphon Football program announced that Donnavan Carter was their new DBs Coach and Recruiting Coordinator. This announcement was made on Gryphons.ca and carried on GuelphMercury.com as well. Coach MacNeill had told me he hoped to get a big name. It is pretty clear he got his wish in the 8-year CFL player who has been an OUA Defensive Coordinator [Windsor & UofT] the past six years.
The Gryphon coaching staff are ecstatic to be able to add the Brampton native to their ranks.
“He brings a ton of experience and he brings a professionalism,” Gryphon interim head coach Kevin MacNeill said. “He brings an expertise which was something we were really looking for. It’s incredible.”
“He’s been a defensive coordinator at the U of T, a coordinator at the University of Windsor and a coordinator at the East-West Bowl and has a wealth of experience,” Gryphon defensive coordinator Adam Grandy said. “He’s a guy who’s very good at communicating with players.”
It was a bit of a surprise in early April when we learned that Devin Kavanagh was leaving the staff. Kavanagh who served two years on the Gryphon staff, heads to Regina next week where he is entering the RCMP Academy.
My Thoughts: It’s always good news when you can add an experienced OUA coach to your staff, particularly an experienced coordinator. I’ve always had high praise for what Carter’s defenses were able to do against Guelph even without high-end talent. I really like that he has a strong CFL and NCAA background, much like a couple of other very good DB coaches we’ve had in Gregg Butler and Marcello Simmons.
Carter’s coaching career followed an eight-year playing career as either a safety or a linebacker in the Canadian Football League. He played on four teams in the CFL: the Toronto Argonauts, Ottawa Renegades, Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Winnipeg Blue Bombers and was an all-star free safety with Ottawa in 2003.
Carter played NCAA football at Northern Illinois University where he was a team captain and the Mid-American Conference’s most valuable defensive player in 1999. “That was a great opportunity for me and I learned a lot,” he said. “I got coached by a lot of great coaches and it was a great experience.”
I really see Carter being able to help as a Recruiting Coordinator. He is very active on the recruiting trail. I recall seeing and talking with him while he was still with UofT. I also like that he has worked with Team Ontario and Team Canada. Add in ties to a couple of Ontario’s top recruiting hotbeds and you have quite a catch.