“We enter this season with a strong group of players,coaches, team, and game day managers,” said head coach Joey Rabideau of his group.
Shawn Ladd will lead the Peewee Offense as the team’s Offensive Coordinator/WR Coach. Coach Ladd will work closely with Carl Emmott who will coach the Running Backs and Full Backs. Both RD Pierce and Don Zondag will coach the team’s Offensive Line. On the defensive side of the ball, Luke Skaarup leads the Cougars’ Defense as Defensive Coordinator/LB Coach, while Ryan Sheppard will coach the Defensive Line, and Mike Glassford will coach the Secondary.
According to Rabideau, the staff, including their coaches, managers, and volunteers, are ready to help the athletes put their best foot forward from day one.
“We have a great group of coaches and volunteers,” says Rabideau. “We all work well with one another but most importantly we all have the same goal. We want to give our players a chance to win every game but at the same time give them a summer they will remember.”
The Chatham-Kent Peewee Cougars have a roster of 35 players from Grade 4 through Grade 6 this season.
Offensively, the team will be paced by players including Jack Crow, Ben Church, Brennan Normandin-Kerr, Kaleb Guilbault, and Trevon Smith, while defensively, Alex Jones, Malakai Ladd, Michael Bieber, and JayC Morlog will be counted upon to shut down the opporsition. Damon Cheetham and Kyler Clowater are also expected to play important roles, and Xander Collins will lead the Cougars’ Special Teams.
The Peewee Cougars will kick off their season May 28 at home, for a 3pm game against the Vaughan Rebels.
Chatham-Kent will also host the Peewee OFC Day of Champions in July.
According to Rabideau, he expects his roster to provide an exciting product on the field this season.
“I believe in being a fast and Physical football team. We will play a tough, hard-nosed style of defense. We will be fast and athletic at every level and we will be aggressive and put pressure on the other team as we work to get our ball back,” explained Rabideau.
“On offense we want to line up and run the football. Being physical and athletic upfront will help us achieve this goal. If we can hang our hat on our run game then it will open up our playbook. We will not shy away from throwing the football when the opportunity presents itself. Our special teams will be about speed and discipline. Our goal is to compete at our very best in all three facets of the game.”
With the season only days away, and a championship as the goal, look for the Peewee Cougars to hit the field roaring this season.