Anthony Brown, Director

Tom Slade | Head Ball Coach
Tom Slade | Head Ball Coach

Coach Tom Slade leads the program into its inaugural season in 2022. In his 50th season he has coached NCAFA locally and across North America. Coach Slade was the teacher responsible for launching new football programs at West Vancouver Secondary (B.C.) and Morehead City High School (NC). As a committed mentor he serves as an NCCP Coach Evaluator and Learning Facilitator. Coach Slade provides program direction, coaches QB/REC and contributes to CCA academic success program.

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Christo Bilukidi | Defensive Line
Christo Bilukidi | Defensive Line

Christo started playing football in Ottawa at St. Patrick's High School and with the Ottawa Colts. He played college football at Georgia State before being drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the 6th round of the 2012 NFL Draft. His playing career included time with the Cincinnati Bengals and Baltimore Ravens. In 2016 Christo retired, returned home to Ottawa and began a successful real estate firm while coaching with the Gloucester South Raiders.

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Dimitri Pronko | Offensive Line
Dimitri Pronko | Offensive Line

As a young player, Dimitri played locally for the Orleans Bengals. He continued to collegiate football winning a Bol d'Or at Champlain CEGEP and a Vanier Cup with the Western Mustangs. Dimitri most recently coached Offensive Line for the Queen's University Golden Gales.

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Brock Flemming | Offensive Line
Brock Flemming | Offensive Line

Brock played for the Bel-Air Lions and Myers Riders locally. He received multiple offers to play university ball in Canada and the NCAA. Brock selected Colgate University due to their academic reputation. He also had two opportunities to play for in the CFL with the Montreal Alouettes in 2003 and 2005. Coach Flemming is the founder of the Canadian Football Institute (CFI). CFI delivers non-contact football instruction each winter. Each year hundreds of Ottawa athletes grow at CFI.

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Travis Troughton | Running Back
Travis Troughton | Running Back

Travis began his career with the Kanata Knights and won a Canada Cup as an athlete for Team Ontario. He continued his academic and athletic career at Carleton University, where he earned a BA in Legal Studies.

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Daniel Hall | Defensive Backs
Daniel Hall | Defensive Backs

Danny is a Bel-Air Lion product who went on to play 5 seasons with the University of Ottawa GeeGees. Coach Hall earned a 4-year degree and completed teachers college at UO. He has coached locally at St. Joe's High School where he is a middle school teacher. Further, Coach Hall delivers private position specific training for DBs.

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Brad Herbst | Line Backers
Brad Herbst | Line Backers

Brad Herbst is a West Carleton Wolverines product and the all-time leader in tackles at Saint Mary's University in Halifax.

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Donnie Ruiz | Director, Strength & Conditioning
Donnie Ruiz | Director, Strength & Conditioning

Donnie's connection local football comes via his time in the CFL with the Ottawa Renegades. He is a member of the Laurier University Football Hall of Fame. Coach Ruiz has been training athletes in Ottawa for 12 years. His protégées include athletes in the NFL/CFL, martial arts world champions and olympians.

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Anthony Brown | Director, Academic Success
Anthony Brown | Director, Academic Success

Anthony started playing locally for the Britannia Bayshore Broncos mosquitos. He continued to play 5 years at university, graduating from Concordia University. Coach Brown furthered his education while coaching at York University, earning an MBA in Organizational Behaviour. He continued his career in student support as an administrator in the NCAA, University of Ottawa and in partnership with the Ottawa Catholic School Board.

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