Graves named Moun­ties new of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor

Sackville Tribune - - SPORTS - Wal­lie Sears

In ap­point­ing Kyle Graves his new of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor, coach Peter Fraser is not only call­ing on a young man he knows well, but a man who was one of the top quar­ter­backs of his gen­er­a­tion.

Graves led the Aca­dia Ax­e­men to na­tional semi­fi­nals in 2011 and 2012. Fraser coached him at Aca­dia for four years.

Graves fol­lowed a long line of great quar­ter­backs to play for Jeff Cum­mins but proved to be one of the best. He pos­sessed a strong and ac­cu­rate arm, could read de­fenses with the best and pro­vided that all im­por­tant ex­tra di­men­sion – quick feet, mean­ing he was al­ways a threat to run the op­tion.

With the Moun­ties it’s hoped he will be suc­cess­ful in pass­ing on some of these traits to a group of young men who will be seek­ing to take over the pivot sport for the Moun­ties in 2019 and be­yond.

For­mer coach Kelly Jeffrey had such a tal­ent, as he worked closely with his sig­nal call­ers and en­joyed great suc­cess with pre­vi­ous teams he coached, but also in Sackville, with his prize stu­dent be­ing Bren­dan Leyh who led the Moun­ties to a pair of na­tional semi­fi­nal games.

Un­like Gaé­tan Richard, who re­cently re­signed as a full time as­sis­tant and of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor, Graves will hold down a part- time po­si­tion and will serve as both co­or­di­na­tor and quar­ter­back coach as well as call the of­fen­sive plays. Also hav­ing Kyle Graves has been named the Mount Al­li­son foot­ball Moun­ties’ new of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor.

been an all-con­fer­ence punter he may also work with the spe­cial teams.

The new man in town has a vast amount of ex­pe­ri­ence, both as a player and coach. He served one sea­son as of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor at Aca­dia. The 29-year-old has also coached the Huro­nia Stal­lions in his home­town of Bar­rie, Ont.

Fol­low­ing his uni­ver­sity ca­reer, Graves spent five sea­sons (2013-2017) with the Mon­treal Alou­ettes and Toronto Arg­onauts of the CFL as a re­ceiver and spe­cial teams player.

With a strong staff of as­sis­tants, Fraser has just one holdover from the Jeffrey era in of­fen­sive line coach Terry Tait.

As he re­builds the Moun­tie pro­gram in his own image he will have a strong staff that will in­clude Zak Colan­gelo, for­merly of York Lions, and James Price, a co-ap­pointee with Foot­ball New Brunswick, who were added for the 2017 sea­son.

The Moun­ties went 2-6 dur­ing the past sea­son, the first of the Fraser era, and the re­cruit­ing process has been go­ing well. Fans are con­tem­plat­ing a Foot­ball Moun­ties head coach Peter Fraser is look­ing to re­build the team in his own image.

new and per­haps more ex­plo­sive of­fense un­der Graves who may also have an “ace- in- the- hole” in a sea­soned rookie as sig­nal caller.

The team is ex­pected, as usual, to field a big of­fen­sive line that will in­clude for­mer Ti­tan Ross Mccor­mack, a fine re­ceiv­ing corps that will have Josh Hicks, Ma­lik Richards and Sackville’s Aidan O’neal, a fresh run­ning game fol­low­ing grad­u­a­tion of the two­some of Chris Reid and Kiel Am­burs­ley, a young de­fen­sive line, a strong lineback­ing corps topped by Damian Hal­stead and for­mer Ti­tan Dy­lan Cormier and a re­built se­condary.

Those who are long team sup­port­ers hope for a rather quick re­turn to the top of the heap but such ac­com­plish­ments re­quire long-term plan­ning and proper re­cruit­ment of top tal­ent to be sup­ple­mented by out­stand­ing lead­er­ship.

All of these as­pects are vi­tal but, at an­other level, the im­por­tance of a strong coach­ing team could no bet­ter be ex­hib­ited than the one that has turned the Tantra­mar Ti­tans into a leg­end and which prom­ises to con­tinue. The Sackville Skat­ing Club is se­lect­ing a Can-skater of the week each Satur­day. The skater cho­sen will demon­strate a great at­ti­tude and de­sire to im­prove. Jack­son Cough­lan is pre­sented with his cer­tifi­cate by vol­un­teer coaches, Estelle Leblanc and Alex Leger.

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