headed for Laurier as youngest coach
Despite some anxiety about his
inexperience, Centennial Secondary School graduate Ryan Pyear
is ready for the challenges that lie ahead as the youngest-ever offensive co-ordinator for Wilfrid Laurier University's
Golden Hawks football team.Pyear
, 24, is the first back-to-back winner of Belleville's Robinson-Kelleher Memorial Award for athlete of the year.He graduated this year from Laurier and loved the football team so much, he decided to stay.As of Feb 3, Pyear officially began his new job, taking responsibility for calling plays in games, as well as personnel, substitutions, general organization of offense, recruiting for the team, and media relations.Pyear
said the most awkward part of the job so far is having to coach many of his
"It is weird, especially with some of them.Some of them are older than I am, and for me to be their coach is kind of a strange feeling that I was expecting to experience, so I'm just going to have to roll with the punches," he said.
After only just under three months' experience, Pyear
is already getting used to the feeling of being in charge.It's going much smoother than he
"Obviously, the challenge for him is making the move from player to coach, but we've surrounded him with a number of coaches on the offensive side of the ball that have a good amount of experience on the coaching side.Ryan will be able to make the adjustment from player to coach in a hurry," said Peter Baxter, Director of Athletics at Wilfrid Laurier.
is not just familiar with the coaching staff as a player; his
dad is running-back coach for the team.Pyear
says this will only make him work harder.
"I want to impress him and make sure I'm doing a good job.And having him around, he
'll always push me to make sure I'm not slacking," he said.Pyear
is confident that his
appointment was a good choice for the team.He
explained that when the coaching staff changes, it's usually tough for the team.What he
has to offer, that no one else could provide, is stability.
"The advantage of having me in there will be that we can run the same offence, and I know this offense as well as anybody does, so I'll be able to come in and keep the offense stabilized the way it has been this last year.Hopefully, we'll be able to continue the success we've had with it," he
hopes to be able to try new things and think outside the box because he
hasn't created a system for himself yet.He
youth as making him more flexible, although he
won't feel 100 per cent comfortable until he
gets more experience.
Despite these worries, Pyear
is looking forward to a successful season, and the university's staff and administration agree.