Local football star and CFL player Alex Carroll has returned to Victoria after sustaining a career-ending injury with the Montreal Alouettes last season. He reached out to the Greater Victoria Minor Football Association to give back where his career started over 15 years ago and we are happy to announce that Alex will be the Head Coach of our Junior Bantam Gordon Head Raiders team for Spring football.
Alex played for GVMFA’s Gordon Head Raiders from the age of 7. He continued to play year after year until eventually moving on to the Victoria Renegades and Mt. Doug Secondary School. Alex was part of the team that won the AA Provincial Championship at Mt. Doug and was a Provincial All- Star.
Garnering national attention from scouts at Canadian Universities, Alex chose to accept a scholarship from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Alex completed a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Political Science and was a sprinter on the Track and Field team. He capped his time with the football program as the leader in all of Ontario University (OUA) football in receptions, yards, and touchdowns for the 2014 Season (2nd in the nation). He was an OUA All-Star Receiver and Kick-Returner.
Subsequently, Alex was signed by the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League in the Spring of 2015 where he began his professional career. His first 2 receptions in the CFL were touchdowns, one coming in the preseason, and the next on August 22nd, against the Calgary Stampeders. In the spring of 2017, Alex was signed by the Montreal Alouettes, but suffered a season ending knee injury in the preseason.
“Giving back to a sport that has provided me with amazing opportunities is important to me. Although I am not able to continue professionally I still want to continue to be involved in football and coaching is the perfect way to give back to the community and enjoy the sport I love”, says Carroll.
In addition to Alex Caroll, Dexter Janke Linebacker with the Calgary Stampeders will also be back during this off-season as the Assistant Coach for the Junior Bantam Saanich Wolverines. Dexter started out his football career playing at the age of 7 in the CDMFA, Edmonton’s minor football league. He then went on to play for Austin O’Brien Catholic High School as a Running Back and was a City All Star and league MVP. After high school, Dexter went on to play for the Saskatchewan Huskies until 2013. In 2014, Dexter moved to the Okanagan Suns CJFL team where he switched to a Defensive Back. In 2015, Dexter was drafted into the CFL by the Calgary Stampeders. Coming off a great season and a trip to the Grey Cup, Dexter is back in Victoria for the off-season where he partners with Shane Beatty, Defensive Coach with the Westshore Rebels to offer one-on-one and group training to athletes.
“This is my second season with the Saanich Wolverines and I am happy to be back. It is rewarding to take my football experience and knowledge and help youth to succeed. Football teaches many life skills including teamwork, leadership and sportsmanship and is an inclusive sport where there is a position for every player,” said Janke.
GVMFA Spring football registration is now open for kids ages 5-13 at www.victoriafootball.ca.