Fresh off a flawless 10-0 season and securing the BCFC Cullen Cup championship, the Westshore Rebels continue to build on their impressive legacy. The team's recent triumph adds to their remarkable streak of competing in five BC Championship games in the last seven seasons, and competing in two National Championships.
The Rebels' consistent success on the field is a testament to their dedication, skill, and commitment to excellence. As part of this commitment, the Westshore Rebels put out an expression of interest for their vacant head coach position.
The Westshore Rebels in conjunction with their title sponsor, Viking Properties, are thrilled to announce the appointment of Mark Townsend as the team's new Head Coach. Townsend has played at university for both UBC and SFU and has over 20 years of coaching experience. With his experience and passion for the game, Coach Townsend is set to lead the Rebels to another successful season and continue the winning tradition.
Coach Townsend brings a wealth of coaching experience, as well as 19 years managing the Mount Doug Rams football program. He also has a proven track record for winning championships, with nine provincial championships as head coach of the Mt. Doug Rams. Most recently he was coaching football at Kealakehe High School on the Big Island of Hawaii.
“Coach Townsend’s ability to develop and motivate players, makes him the ideal candidate to guide the Westshore Rebels to success. His coaching philosophy aligns perfectly with the organization's commitment to excellence both on and off the field,” says GM Roger Wade.
"We are delighted to welcome Coach Mark Townsend to the Westshore Rebels family. His extensive coaching background, strategic vision, and commitment to player development makes him the perfect fit to lead our team," said Rob Lervold, Westshore Rebels President. "We believe that under Coach Townsend's leadership, the Rebels will continue to achieve great success and provide an exciting brand of football for our loyal fans."
Coach Townsend expressed his excitement about the new role, stating, "I am honoured to join the Westshore Rebels and be part of a team with a rich history and a bright future. I look forward to working with the talented players, coaching staff, and the entire organization to continue to build a winning culture that the community can be proud of."
A total of 18 players with CJFL experience have been invited to the CFL Invitation Combine on March 8th. The event will take place on the campus of the University of Waterloo in Ontario.
These top prospects will be put through a series of drills to showcase their skills for the CFL’s general managers, coaches and player personnel.
The hope for these 18 players is to receive an extended invitation to the main CFL Combine slated for March 21-24 taking place in Winnipeg.
The 18 CJFL invites are:
Ife Adebogun – Edmonton Huskies
Burkely Banilevic – Quinte Skyhawks
Jaiden Claassen – Valley Huskers
Geoff Clubine – London Beefeaters
Ezzat Elnagmi – St. Clair Saints
Richard Graham – Ottawa Sooners
Anthony Grigg – Hamilton Hurricanes
Matthew Hajewich – Regina Thunder
Dawson Marchant – Langley Rams
Brandyn Martin – Regina Thunder
Nate Norton – St. Clair Saints
Payton O’Connor – Regina Thunder
Isaiah Okoli – Langley Rams
Keewone Parker – St. Clair Saints
Kaine Stevenson – Westshore Rebels
Liam Stewart – Langley Rams
James Stockwood – Okanagan Sun
Daniel Townsend – Okanagan Sun
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The BC Conference champs are on the search for a brand-new head coach after Dexter Janke stepped down.
Janke is heading to Toronto after taking the head coaching job for the York University Lions. He becomes their 12th head coach in school history and actually has a tie to the school after his younger brother attended and played ball from 2015-2019.
What a terrific, but short career in the CJFL for Janke. Following his final CFL season in 2019 with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, he was named the Westshore Rebels secondary coach and special teams coordinator for the 2020 campaign, which was eventually cancelled due to the pandemic.
In 2021 he took on a larger role with the coaching staff adding defensive coordinator to his responsibilities. Heading into the 2022 season he was named the assistant head coach and almost immediately following that season, was named the head coach and assistant general manager while continuing to fulfill the position of defensive and special teams coordinator.
Looking at the numbers, in his first season in 2021, the Rebels had a 1-7 record; they then went 7-3 in 2022, before the franchise’s first perfect 10-0 season this past year, culminating in a BC Conference Cullen Cup title and the right to host the Canadian Bowl. He was also named both the Gordon Currie CJFL Coach of the Year and the BCFC Coach of the Year in 2023.
His dedication and commitment to the Rebels was a major attraction for York University and as the Rebels say on their Facebook page, “A great football coach and even better person who has had a tremendous impact on our program and community. Dexter will always be a part of the Rebel family and we wish him great success in his new role as head coach at York.”
Thank you, Dexter, for your passion and dedication in developing players in the CJFL!