Local football star and ex-CFL player Alex Carroll returned home to Victoria last year and turned to coaching youth football as Head Coach of the Victoria Renegades and Gordon Head Raiders Junior Bantam teams. Coach Carroll has decided to expand his coaching career as the Westshore Rebels receiver coach for the 2019 season.
“I am excited to be joining the Rebels highly experienced coaching staff and talented team. 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.
Alex’s football career started with the GVMFA’s Gordon Head Raiders at 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 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.
“Having another ex-CFL player on our coaching staff is exciting for our players and prospects. We have been looking for a receiver coach to round off our coaching staff and we are extremely lucky to have Alex join us. Our coaching staff has been finalized so we can now focus on recruiting talented players for the upcoming season, states Head Coach Beatty.