It’s official … Gryphon Football’s operations manager / assistant coach Matt Nesbitt has accepted a full-time coaching position with the Windsor Lancers.
Nesbitt will be joining the Lancers staff as their Running Backs coach and Run Game Coordinator. As I understand it, Nesbitt will learn the Lancers offense from its architect, head coach Joe D’Amore, and transition into the Offensive Coordinator’s position over time.
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I think many Gryphon fans will be sad to see Matt moving on but this is a great opportunity for him. There is no question that Nesbitt prefers coaching to the video coordinating and logictics management duties that made up most of his job at Guelph.
As a coach Matt Nesbitt has already done amazing things with his Jr. Gryphons teams, first at the JV level, then at Varsity. His ability to communicate with, teach and motivate young men, combined with his experiences as a Gryphon player and assistant coach, and a season as a CFL assistant, combine to make him one of the top young coaching prospects in Canadian football.
As a player, Matt will be remembered as a 5-year starter who was a leader and captain of the 2015 Yates Cup championship team.
Many people will have forgotten that Nesbitt’s first game started as a freshman was at defensive tackle in Week 3 or 4 IIRC. He switched to O-Line in the middle of his rookie year and finished the season as a starter at Guard. Nesbitt’s move from Guard to Centre in his third year was also a mid-season transition, necessitated by a shoulder injury to Cody O’Neil.