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From Football BC Technical Director, Dino Geremia
Football BC would like to thank of all the coaches who attended the 2013 Football BC Provincial Conference this past weekend at Notre Dame Regional Secondary School.
The weekend featured speakers from all across the football world who did an outstanding job of engaging coaches and providing them with additional tools to make our players better.
Coach Dan Dorazio (BC Lions) kicked off the Conference and set the tone with his passion and respect for all coaches. Joe McCulley (Football University Top Gun) wowed coaches with his knowledge and expertise on quarterback play. Thank you to all of our speakers for taking time and sharing their knowledge with us.
Thank you also for the support from our sponsors and exhibitors. We know there are always choices when filling your football needs and we would ask that you support the companies that support our football community!
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Hudl - “Helping teams win with video”
Game Ready Fitness
Here are some of the testimonials from those that attended this past weekend:
“Congratulations on a great event! All of our coaches felt like they learned a lot from this weekend.” – Mike Pauls, Westside Warriors
“Dan Dorazio and Joe McCulley were fantastic. Loved those presentations.” – Lawrence Smith, G.W. Graham Grizzlies
“Please let your team know they did a fantastic job over the weekend. Lunch was well planned and the sessions were informative. You know you’ve got great speakers when 3-hour workshops seem like they last 30 minutes.” – Sean Dolynski, North Surrey Minor Football
“Great job on the clinic this weekend!” – Milan Boljuncic, Argyle Pipers
Click here to see a photo gallery from the 2013 Football BC Provincial Conference.
Dan Dorazio – Offensive Line Coach, BC Lions (CFL)
Dan Dorazio's extensive coaching career has spanned over four decades with stops in both the NCAA and CFL.
The Pittsburgh-native began his coaching career as a student assistant at Kent State in 1972 and then spent the next 25 years moving around in the college ranks with stops at the University of Hawaii, University of Washington, Washington State, Holy Cross and Boston University among others.
He made his way up to the CFL in 1998 with the Calgary Stampeders as their offensive line coach where he helped them win two Grey Cup championships (1998, 2001) before moving on to join the Lions in 2003 where he's added two more Grey Cup championships (2006, 2011) to his list of accomplishments.
Dan has guided some of the best CFL's best linemen during his career including the likes of Fred Childress, Rob Murphy and Jovan Olafioye.
In addition to working with the Lions, he also actively lends his time to working with the CIS as a coach for their annual East-West Bowl.
Joe McCully – FBU
Joe McCully is a long-time coach with nearly 40 years of experience and is most known for his work with high schools in the Oklahoma area and working with quarterbacks.
A former QB at University of Tulsa, Joe's career highlights include coaching six All-State quarterbacks, producing 25 All-State players, winning 15 district titles and winning the District Coach of the Year award 12 times.
He has also worked with a number of college football camps including the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and University of Tulsa. He's currently the quarterbacks coach for FBU.
Among the players that Joe has worked with include Josh Freeman, the 2009 first round pick (17th overall) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and currently their starting quarterback, Rudy Carpenter (Dallas Cowboys) and Rhett Bomar (former New York Giant/Minnesota Viking).
Mark Washington – Defensive Backs Coach, BC Lions (CFL)
Mark Washington is heading into his sixth season as DB coach for the Lions.
Mark joined the Lions' coaching staff following a successful CFL career from 1997 to 2007 where he won two Grey Cup championships (2002, 2006). Mark earned his first Grey Cup ring as a coach, his third overall, in 2011. He also won a World Bowl with the Barcelona Dragons of NFL Europe in 1997.
Last season, under Mark's guidance, the Lions gave up a CFL-low 237.3 passing passing yards per game and just 20 passing touchdowns.
Alexis Sanschagrin – Defensive Coordinator, Belmont Bulldogs (BCSSFA)
Coach Alexis is entering his third year with the Belmont Bulldogs and his second as their defensive coordinator. For the past three years, he's also been the defensive backs coach for Team BC helping them win back-to-back bronze medals at the Football Canada Cup (2010 & 2011) as well as win the first-ever FBU International Games held in San Antonio in January 2013.
Before joining Belmont, Alexis coached spent five years at Mt. Douglas Secondary including four as its head coach. In 2009, guided the Rams to an undefeated season and to their first-ever varsity Provincial Championship.
Alexis began coaching in his native province of Quebec, where he helped College Jean-Eudes win two consecutive AAA high school provincial titles.
Alexis was a former free safety for the University of Western Ontario and was twice selected to the conference all-star team. He was a draft pick of the Toronto Argonauts in 2002 and played one season in the CFL.
Ray Yarbrough – Head Coach, Illinois Valley Cougars (Cave Junction, Oregon)
Coach Yarbrough is in his fifth year as head coach at Illinois Valley High School. He is a former winner of the Coach of the Year award in the Southern Cascade League and, in 2011, guided the Cougars to their first-ever state playoff victory.
A former player with the Cougars, Yarbrough's most high-profile coaching roles came in British Columbia most notably leading the St. Thomas More Knights to a provincial championship in 2000 as their offensive line coach. His coaching stops also include Kelowna Secondary School and the Okanagan Sun.
In 2003, Ray became head coach of the start-up Okanagan-Mission Secondary School football program where he guided the team to four consecutive provincial playoff appearances.
Cory Philpot – Assistant Head Coach, North Delta Longhorns Junior Bantam (BCCFA)
A former BC Lions running back who was affectionately known as "Quick Six," Cory has been a fixture in the BC football community since the end of his playing days.
He has made coaching stops with the Renfrew Trojans and South Fraser Rams in junior football, and since 2004 has been involved in several capacities with the North Delta Longhorns including his current role as assistant head coach with their junior bantam team. Cory is also currently the BCFC Game Commissioner.
Cory played in the CFL from 1993 to 2000 and was a two-time winner of the Eddie James Memorial Trophy as top rusher in the Western Division (1994 & 1995). He was part of the BC Lions' 1994 Grey Cup team and set the record for most touchdowns in a single season in 1995 with 22 (a record since broken by Milt Stegall in 2003). He also spent two seasons with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers before his playing career ended.
Before his CFL playing career, Cory played college football at the University of Mississippi.
Jamie Stoddard – Offensive Coordinator, UBC Thunderbirds (CIS)
Jamie Stoddard is heading into his fourth season with the UBC T-Birds and his first as the team's offensive coordinator. Prior to that, he has been the T-Birds' receivers coach.
Before embarking on a coaching career, the Richmond, BC-native spent eight seasons playing in the Canadian Football League as a receiver with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 2000 to 2008. His best campaign came in 2001 when he had 34 receptions for 526 yards with four touchdowns. Overall in his CFL career, he had 191 receptions for 2,808 yards and 11 touchdowns.
During his CFL playing career, Stoddard also spent time as a guest coach at the Golden Bears Spring Camp (2001) and coached receivers for the Winnipeg Rifles (CJFL) in 2005 and 2006. He also coached receivers for the Oak Park Junior Varsity Raiders (Winnipeg High School Football) in 2007 and coached receivers for the Hugh Boyd Trojans JV (BC High School Football) team in 2009
Stoddard has also guest coached at numerous training camps including with the CJFL's Edmonton Wildcats and Edmonton Huskies, as well as most recently with the CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2012.
A graduate of Steveston Secondary School, Stoddard played collegiate football with the University of Alberta Golden Bears.
Brian Olthuis – VP of Programs, Football BC
Olthuis is one of BC's most respected coaches with most remembering him for being head coach of the Kamloops Red Devils which, for a time in the 1980's to mid-1990's, was recognized as a premier high school program in BC. Olthuis is also recognized across the country as a Master Learning Facilitator and Master Evaluator with the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and is a leader here in BC ensuring coaches are prepared when they step on the field with young players.
In addition to his role as Vice President of Programs with Football BC, Brian also works with his son, Duncan, who is head coach of the BCFC's Kamloops Broncos.
Football equipment specialists Ken 'Kato' Kasuya (BC Lions), Dave Henderson (Carson Graham Eagles/Team BC) and Andrew Dubiellek (SFU) will be on hand to answer any equipment-related questions you may have including proper fitting, top choices, and cleaning techniques.
More speakers to be added as we confirm them!