Concordia’s newest Stinger
Jarrad Detheridge commits to play football at Montreal university this fall
As Jarrad Detheridge’s football career progressed over the past four years, the calls from interested universities came in.
The 18-year-old running back from Whitney Pier and Sydney Academy Wildcats alumnus has settled on a school, committing to play for the Concordia Stingers this fall.
“Ever since I started playing football, I wanted to play college,” he said. “I’ve just focused on football through bantam and high school years and started to get phone calls. I was talking to Guelph, St. FX and Concordia, but Concordia was the main one I looked at.”
Detheridge said it wasn’t just football that lured him to the Montreal institution. He plans on taking sociology with the hopes of eventually getting into law enforcement.
“I’m hoping to go up there and start as a running back or a fullback,” he said.
Sydney native Andrew Sutherland is an assistant head coach with the Stingers football program and recruited Detheridge. He played football for Sydney Academy and Riverview in 1986 and 1987 respectively, before taking the field for five seasons in university at Bishop’s, Concordia and St. Francis Xavier.
“I like that he’s a student athlete and his education is a priority to him,” Sutherland said of Detheridge. “He wasn’t strictly just looking to play football, he was looking at our school as a world-class institution.”
Sydney Academy head coach Lorne Burke, who played football with Sutherland with the Wildcats, said he’s both proud and excited for his graduating player.
“He’s going to first and foremost get a great education at one of the top schools in Canada in Concordia. That’s pretty impressive,” he said.
“I’ve coached Jarrad for ( four) years and he’s worked very hard for this. He’s learned the game to be coachable at the next level and these coaches recognize that.”
Football Cape Breton president Phil MacDonald also praised Detheridge for making the jump to the next level.
“I think it’s great for the coaches to see how the kids have progressed,” he said. “It’s great for the younger kids, so it’s a credit to the whole program. The program is growing and there’s opportunity for talented kids to play university ball.”
Jarrad Detheridge of Whitney Pier, a graduate of the Sydney Academy Wildcats football program, has committed to play for the Concordia University Stingers in Montreal this fall. From left, Concordia assistant head coach Andrew Sutherland of Sydney, Detheridge and Sydney Academy Wildcats head coach Lorne Burke.