Canada Cup: Ontario announces 2015 coaching staff
On November 18 and 19 2014, the Ontario Football Alliance has announced its coaching staff for the 2015 Football Canada Cup. The team is lead by returning head coach Glen Mills. For full details regarding the coaching staff, read the announcements below.
Bertoia, Underhill, Brown, Flaxman & Carter all return to Canada Cup Coaching Staff
The Ontario Football Alliance is pleased to announce that Chris Bertoia, Rob Underhill, Bill Brown, Tom Flaxman, and Donnavan Carter will all be returning to the 2015 Canada Cup Coaching staff as they look to defend their National Championship win in 2014.
Chris Bertoia is currently the Recruiting Coordinator and Offensive Line coach for the Western Mustangs. In 2012, Bertoia was the OVFL Coach of the Year as head coach of the London Jr. Mustangs that went undefeated, winning the OVFL Championship in the team’s inaugural season. Bertoia was the offensive line coach for Team Ontario West in 2010 and was the offensive coordinator in 2012 for Ontario West and Team Ontario for 2013. Bertoia’s tireless work ethic and dedication to his players and preparation are invaluable assets to this year’s offense.DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR: Rob Underhill – McMaster Marauders
Rob Underhill is currently the Special Teams Coordinator for the McMaster Marauders. In 2014, Underhill led the Hamilton Hurricanes to Back to Back Undefeted Championship Seasons. Underhill has been the Head Coach of Team Ontario, leading the team to two bronze medals during his tenure. Underhill was the Head Coach & Defensive Coordinator for the OVFL Hamilton Ironmen, building them into a perennial top ranked team that was known for its tough defense. Underhill is a valuable component of this coaching staff with his wealth of experience and leadership at the Canada Cup.SPECIAL TEAMS COORDINATOR & DEFENSIVE ASSISTANT: Bill Brown – Guelph Gryphons
Bill Brown is currently the Special Forces Coordinator and Director of Recruiting & Football Development for the Guelph Gryphons. Brown has helped guide the Gryphons to 21-3 regular season record since 2012, and Yates Cup appearances in 2012 and 2014. Brown has coached the special teams for Ontario West since 2010 and is poised for a successful 2015 campaign. Brown’s game planning and ability to motivate his players are key attributes sure to bolster a successful special teams squad in 2015.OFFENSIVE ASSISTANT: Tom Flaxman – Western Mustangs
Tom Flaxman is currently an Asisstant Coach for the Western Mustangs. Previously, Flaxman was the Offensive Coordinator for Toronto Varsity Blues, as well as the Acadia Axemen that won the Atlantic title in 2011. In addition, Flaxman has been a coach with the OVFL Mississauga Warriors since 2004, winning 3 championships. Flaxman was a player for Team Ontario on the gold medal winning teams in 2002 & 2003.
DEFENSIVE ASSISTANT: Donnavan Carter – Windsor Lancers
Donnavan is currently the Associate Head Coach & Defensive Coordinator of the Windsor Lancers. Carter helped lead the Lancers to a 5-3 overall record, and 3rd Ranked OUA Defense. Before joining the Lancers in 2013, Carter coached with the Toronto Varsity Blues for 4 seasons. Prior to joining the Varsity Blues, Carter played professional football in the Canadian Football League (CFL). Over his eight year CFL career, Carter was a starter at the safety and linebacker positions with the Toronto Argonauts, Ottawa Renegades, Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Winnipeg Blue Bombers. As team captain for the Renegades in 2003, he was selected as a Canadian Football League Players Association all-star at the free safety position. Also an experienced coach in the junior football ranks, Carter previously served as the defensive coordinator with the Etobicoke Eagles of the Ontario Varsity Football League where the team qualified for the regional championships.
Asselin to join Canada Cup Coaching Staff
The Ontario Football Alliance is pleased to announce the Jean-Philippe Asselin of the Carleton Ravens will be joining the 2015 Canada Cup Coaching Staff.
JP is currently the Offensive Coordinator for the Carleton Ravens. In 2014, JP helped lead Carleton to a 4-4 record in only their second season with a primarily sophomore aged team. Previous to his time with Carleton, JP was Head Coach of the Ottawa Gee Gee’s for the 2010 and 2011 seasons. In 2010, JP guided the Gee Gee’s to a Yates Cup Final. Prior to becoming Head Coach, JP was the Assistant Offensive Coordinator from 2008-2009.JP is from Quebec City and played CEGEP football for College Edouard-Monteptit. While completing his degree in economics, JP played CIS football with the Ottawa Gee Gee’s and was a Captain of their 2006 Yates Cup Championsihp team.