The Ottawa Sooners will have a new man at the helm this season as they have announced former star quarterback Wayne Jacobs as their new head coach.
Jacobs enjoyed a very successful playing career which included an outstanding stint quarterbacking the Sooners and was highly recruited across North America. He left Ottawa for Texas to quarterback for the University of Texas-El Paso Miners (NCAA Divison 1). After UTEP, he returned home to be the starting quarterback for the University of Ottawa GeeGees.
Following his collegiate career, Jacobs travelled to Europe to play professionally. He played for the Lyon Falcons (France 1st Division), Landquart/Calanda Broncos (Euro and Swiss Premier League), and the Oslo Vikings (Norwegian 1st Division and Euro Champions League).
Since retiring from his playing days Jacobs has been coaching quarterbacks for over 20 years. His coaching career started at the tender age of 17 at the city and high school level. When his playing career took him to Europe, Jacobs brought his extensive coaching knowledge and passion with him to the European leagues. He served as the offensive coordinator and then head coach of the Oslo Under-19 Team. He also spent time working with the quarterbacks for the Swiss Junior National Team.
Once returning to Canada, Jacobs expanded his resume serving as the quarterback coach for the University of Ottawa GeeGees, the CEGEP d’Outaouais Griffons, the head coach of the Ottawa Invaders, and the passing game coordinator and quarterback coach for the Saint Mary’s University Huskies.
He is currently coaching in Europe, but will return to the Sooners in plenty of time before they open the season August 17th when they travel to Hamilton to take on the Hurricanes.
The VI Raiders have had plenty of turnover this offseason and most of it coming in their coaching staff.
Alumni Curtis Vizza has become their new head coach following an outstanding CJFL career on the offensive line. He has brought in a fresh perceptive this season with a number of former players, now first time coaches.
The Raiders begin their new era this weekend when they host their Spring Camp on the Island. Curtis talks with Ryan Watters about transitioning into his new position along with the upcoming season.
The CJFL and BC Conference (BCFC) have released their 2019 schedule that will see the six member conference open the CJFL season on August 3rd.
The defending Cullen Cup champion Langley Rams will open the season at home on that Saturday at 4:00pm at McLeod Stadium when they host the VI Raiders in a playoff rematch.
Earlier in the day the Westshore Rebels will visit the Valley Huskers at Exhibition Stadium at 2:00pm then the nightcap will see the Okanagan Sun welcome the Kamloops Broncos at 7:00pm at the Apple Bowl.
The teams will play a 10-week regular season schedule concluding on October 20th. The following weekend will see the top four teams advancing to the playoffs. Then the BC Cullen Cup Conference final will be played on November 2nd.
The winner will host the 2019 Canadian Bowl on November 16th against the winner of the Prairie-Ontario National Semi-Final which will be held in Ontario on November 3rd.