The Concordia Stingers have added two experienced and prominent football men to their coaching staff in Paul Eddy Saint-Vilien and Justin Chapdelaine.
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The first will serve as co-coordinator in defense, while the second will be an assistant in attack.
“These are two guys who work extremely hard and who have marked Quebec football,” Stingers head coach Brad Collinson said on the phone on Wednesday.
Saint-Vilien was one of the defensive assistants with the Ottawa Redblacks of the CHL in 2022. He previously served as the defensive coordinator and interim head coach of the Carleton Ravens. He also worked for seven years with the Carabins of the University of Montreal.
"To bring Paul Eddy back to Montreal is a very good thing for us," said Collinson. He is a guy who excels in recruiting. He has an excellent football head.”
A request from Alex Surprenant
For his part, Chapdelaine comes to Concordia after having performed small miracles as the Green's offensive coordinator
Collinson revealed that it was his offensive coordinator, Alex Surprenant, who asked him to offer Chapdelaine a position when the latter decided to leave the Green
“Alex wanted someone on our [coaching] team who was going to push him. Justin is a guy who has a lot of ideas and experience in our circuit.
“The stars have aligned for us!” he rejoiced.
Help with recruiting
Showing his usual frankness, Collinson said he wanted the announcement of these new hires to give the Stingers a helping hand in their recruitment for the 2023 campaign.
From Wednesday, the formations of the Quebec university circuit can start discussing with young footballers again, after having respected a break during the Holiday Season.
"It's difficult recruiting when you can't tell young people who their coaches will be," said the Stingers driver. There are still very good players to recruit and we wanted to announce the arrival of these renowned coaches before leaving head first in our recruitment.
In addition, Nicholas Melsbach also joins the Stingers coaching staff. The former Linx head coach from Cégep Édouard-Montpetit will be one of the defensive assistants with Concordia.