After 11 successful seasons in Hamilton, Jason Hayes has stepped away from the Hurricanes. He leaves following 11 straight playoff berths, 80 victories and an Ontario Conference title last year.
The new man in the steel city is Brian Duguay who will have big shoes to fill taking over one of the most successful programs in the CJFL.
Coach Duguay speaks to Ryan Watters about following Coach Hayes, the state of the Hurricanes and what he expects in 2019.
For some this coming Saturday is the biggest day of their young lives, as the CJFL presents its National Signing Day.
The day is earmarked every year on June 1st, the day in which players can finally sign with a CJFL club. When a player signs he is essentially signing for his entire junior football career as the player then becomes the property of that team.
Some players have attended multiple Spring Camps to get an idea of their best fit. So many considerations are made before signing with a CJFL club; location, team support, roster depth, coaching staff, scholarship program, etc all weighs in on a player’s decision.
National Signing Day is not only exciting for the players, but the coaches as well. Their ideas, hopes and hard work will finally come to fruition as they start to fill their roster spots.
Following Saturday coaches can continue to recruit and sign a player immediately if he’s a good fit for their team. That said the bulk of the players ready to play in the CJFL will sign on Saturday.
Once players sign on the dotted line, coaches can begin developing their schemes and systems around their potential starters. They can also begin preparing for their Main Camp along with Week 1 of the regular season.
All three Conferences and 18 CJFL teams will participate on Saturday, signing players to their 2019 roster.
Fans can keep up to date with CJFL National Signing Day on social media with #CJFLSigning as teams will be posting once a player signs.
The Hamilton Hurricanes announce today that Jason Hayes has resigned as head coach of the Junior Football Club in order to spend more time with his family.
‘Jason has been a huge part of our success over the past eleven seasons. His competitiveness, eye for talent, leadership, game planning and organization are unmatched”, says team president, Mike Samuel.
‘Coach Hayes’, as he is known to everyone inside the Hurricanes organization and to the countless number of players he has coached throughout the years, leaves a lasting legacy with the Canes.
“He will be missed in our locker room and on our sideline. We wish him all the best in his next chapter.”
The Hurricanes also announce that Brian Duguay has been named the next Head Coach of the Hamilton Hurricanes and will take over the role in 2019.