Gryphons name Galloway football team’s interim head coach

GUELPH – Todd Galloway has been named the interim head coach of the University of Guelph Gryphons football team, replacing Kevin MacNeill.

According to a story posted on the university’s athletic department website Friday, MacNeill is leaving his position to explore other opportunities. He served as head coach of the Gryphons for two seasons. In 2016 he was the interim head coach, replacing Stu Lang who stepped down following the OUA championship Yates Cup win and U Sports semifinal loss to the Montreal Carabins in 2015. The interim portion of MacNeill’s title was removed for the 2017 season.

“Coach MacNeill has been instrumental in helping our football program become one of the best in the province, and we wish him well,” U of G director of athletics Scott McRoberts said in the website story.

The Gryphs were 3-5 and lost to the McMaster Marauders in the league quarter-finals in 2016 and 5-3 and beat the Ottawa Gee-Gees in the league quarter-finals, but lost to the eventual national champion Western Mustangs in the semifinals last year.

MacNeill joined the Gryphons as defensive coordinator in 2010, Lang’s first season as head coach. MacNeill added the assistant head coach responsibilities to his resume in his second season with the team.

Galloway joined the Gryphons in 2011 as the offensive coordinator and remained in that position for six years. He was also the team’s head of recruitment in 2016, a position he took on a full-time basis last year.

“With more than a decade of diverse coaching experience at various levels, including U Sports, high school and varsity leagues, Todd’s proven to be a highly successful and intelligent coach,” McRoberts said. “It will be a seamless transition for both the coaching staff and the players.”

Jean-Francois Joncas replaced Galloway as offensive coordinator last year while Adam Gandy replaced MacNeill as defensive coordinator in 2016. Both remain with the team.

Galloway and MacNeill were teammates with the Laurier Golden Hawks from 2001 to 2003, Galloway as a receiver and MacNeill as a linebacker. Both stayed with the Golden Hawks and served as assistant coaches for a few seasons following the end of their university playing careers.

Galloway is to be the interim head coach throughout the 2018 season while the Gryphons search for a new head coach and he is also to be considered a candidate for that position.

The Gryphons are to open their training camp in mid August and begin their OUA season with a game against McMaster at Hamilton Aug. 25.

  • Guelph Sports Journal