Dear Mountie Supporter:
We trust that everyone enjoyed the summer and now we wanted to update everyone on the progress the 5th Quarter Club has made with fund raising and other activities.
There is tremendous optimism in Sackville, NB as the Mounties begin their 55th season of football in 2010. After a disappointing season where the Mounties struggled to an 0-8 record, there are positive signs the program is moving forward.
The Mounties return all 12 starters on offence and nine starters on defence to provide continuity and stability to the program. Among the starters are seven former East/West Bowl participants (four on defense and three on offense). The Mounties also return with the 2009 AUS conference’s Most Outstanding Player, Gary Ross.
The Mounties are excited to announce Scott Annand as their new Defensive Coordinator, along with new LB coach Peter Miller and DB coach Scott Brady. Coach Annand knows the AUS well as he has spent the previous 10 seasons as the DL coach at SMU and the nine seasons prior to that at St. FX. With the new defensive staff in place, the Mounties hope to improve on last season’s finish. They will be joined by returning coaches Kevin Artichuck, Perry Kukkonen, and Gaetan Richard. Olivier Eddie will serve as director of football operations.
Mount Allison Football is pleased to announce its recruiting class for 2010. In his third year at the helm, headcoach Kelly Jeffrey is looking forward to the upcoming season and says, “We are excited to have a such a strong group from the Maritimes as well as from across all of Canada. After only graduating two players from last year’s team we are in a position where we can recruit for depth at a lot of positions and let those players learn and develop for a season.”
The loss of punter/kicker Olivier Eddie to graduation means the Mounties will have a new kicker for the 2010 season. Jeffrey says, “The addition of John Szilaygi will be crucial for us. I like his consistency and accuracy, and I think he is the type of guy who if we get the ball to the 30-yard line, we know we are coming away with points on the drive.”
The Mounties have also added several quality defensive linemen to their roster. Commenting on these additions Jeffrey said, “We’ve added a lot of competition to the defensive end position. That group has the most upside of all the recruits we have coming in and we are looking forward to seeing them compete this fall.”
RG Mike Filer and LT Aaron Harper anchor an offensive line that returns all five starters. Filer and Harper earned AUS All-Star honours while LG Chris Munn (Fredericton) participated in this season’s East/West Bowl.
Receiver Gary Ross returns for his fifth season and is one of the most decorated receivers in AUS history. Gary holds conference records for receptions in a season (60), all-purpose yards in a season (1,936), and career AUS records for receptions (172) and receiving yards (2,582). Gary was selected as the AUS conference’s Most Outstanding Player for 2009, a first-team CIS all-star inside receiver, and a second-team CIS All-Canadian special teams player.
This year’s defence is anchored by two East/West Participants, LB Ben Halpern and CB Bradley Daye, both from Halifax.
QB Jake Hotchkiss is back from an excellent rookie campaign. In Jake’s five starts he threw for 1,179 yards (235 per game) to go with 236 total rushing yards and a 6.9 per rush average (third in the AUS). Jake completed the season with a 59 per cent completion percentage and seven passing TDs.
This year Mount Allison is launching the 2nd annual golf tournament to raise funds for our athletic programs, to be held on Friday, September 10 at the Amherst Golf and Country Club. Last year’s tournament was a great success and we welcome you all back for this year’s tournament.
We want to thank everyone who gave to the Mounties this year. Your donations have helped solidify the coaching staff, allowed for seed money for next year’s fund raising initiatives, and continued the ongoing support of the football team.
Between May 1, 2009 and April 30th, 2010, we raised over $22,000 from our fall solicitation and $4,000 from the painting fundraiser. Thank-you to everyone for your generous donations. The 2010 fundraising goal is $50,000.
We will again continue with the fall solicitation and several small events surrounding game day activities.
Spending: As mentioned in last year’s newsletter, we expected to contribute significantly more to the program. Our spending in 2010 was expected to increase to $75,000, it actually came in at the $83,000. This is due to our “president’s initiative” money expiring in 2008.
Each year, all funds raised by the 5th Quarter Club go directly to the football team. Follow this link for a detailed accounting of all funds raised and all disbursements from the 5th Quarter Club account in the last fiscal year: Fifth Quarter Club Statement (pdf). The document has been produced and signed by the University controller Robert Inglis.
The majority of the spending relates to program enhancements including athletic scholarships, assistant coaching stipends, and recruiting costs.
This year, as part of Touchdown Atlantic, Mount Allison will host a game in Moncton. To get tickets and read about the football weekend in Moncton, see Touchdown Atlantic.
Home dates are:
On Friday, September 17, please join us in Sherbrooke as Mount Allison takes on L’université de Sherbrooke. There will be a special gathering of Mounties from Quebec and Ontario. For those of you who were treated to the reunion in Laval last year, this year promises to be even better. Look for more information in your email in the near future. Mathieu Gauthier promises a lot of laughs in what is sure to be a good time.
Last year, the 5th Quarter Club commissioned a well-known Mount Allison Fine Arts graduate to paint a locker scene with five football sweaters. Each sweater represents an elite individual from various eras of Mount Allison football.
A limited amount of 75 prints were reproduced and are being sold as a fund raiser. Individual prints are on sale for $600. There are a few remaining, order yours today!
This fund raiser has helped Mount Allison football, and the 5th Quarter Club has donated prints to other initiatives including the Moncton Football Association and the Bloyce Bulman Football Fund. In fact last year, three prints were donated to the Bulman Football Fund and raised over $7,500 for that fund.
This year Homecoming is again action-packed as Mount Allison is planning a golf fundraiser for athletics, a pregame concert and beer garden, and the football game. See the full schedule.
We are expecting to run a beer tent at the MTA game in Moncton, connected to Touchdown Atlantic (CFL game). Please stop by and catch up for a beer on Saturday, September 25.
Check out the Mount Allison bookstore for your Mount Allison football apparel. We are excited that fans and friends now have the opportunity to purchase Mountie football apparel.
The Department of Athletics and Recreation will launch a new strategic plan during the 2010-2011 school year.
As part of this, a funding plan for the sustainability of competitive varsity athletics will be articulated and activated.
Particular to football, the department is in the process of developing a funding plan that, as part of the overall plan, will allow Mount Allison football to be competitive every year.
The fundraising plan for Athletics and Recreation aims at being the most comprehensive and encompassing plan to date for Mount Allison Athletics.
5th Quarter Club, University Advancement
Or contact Katie McNeil at (506) 364-2343, or by e-mail at email@example.com
Again, thank-you for your support and hope to see you at a game this year!
Head Football Coach
Mount Allison Mounties
5th Quarter Club
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