Today, CFC shines the spotlight on class 2012 star safety and recent University of Guelph commit, Tristan Doughlin. Tristan began started playing football in grade nine.
Safety (free, strong)
5’11, 180 lbs
Northern Secondary School Red Knights (high school: TDSSAA)
Metro Toronto Wildcats (junior varsity/varsity: OVFL)
Commitment to University of Guelph
Since Tristan first stepped onto the field in grade nine for his high school team, the Northern Secondary School Red Knights of the Toronto District Secondary School Athletic Association (TDSSAA), he’s shown his defensive skills and talent.
During his time with the Metro Toronto Wildcats of the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL), the defensive standout has been recognized for his stellar play. In 2010, he was junior varsity team defensive MVP. The next season (2011), Tristan was awarded the Wildcats Hammer Award, given to the player who’s the hardest hitter on the team. He will be entering his fifth season with the Wildcats this spring.
Most recently, Tristan was selected to the GTA Current Stars team that will play in the all-star game on May 6th at McMaster University.
As for next season, the Knights defensive star has decided to commit to University of Guelph.
“The deciding factor for me to commit to Guelph would be the academic support they offer if needed and how comfortable I felt on campus on my recruiting trips as well as it’s still close enough to home for my family to visit,” explains the future Gryphons player, who will study human kinetics at the campus.
While coaches Tom Gretes and Niamoo D’Quarshie have been his main football influences, Tristan says his mother has been the individual who’s had the largest impact on his life.
“She is always encouraging me to strive to do my best in anything I do, as well shehas taught me many valuable things thus far throughout my life,” adds Tristan of his mother.
Overall, Tristan is grateful for what the game of football has done for him.
“Football has taught me many things,” says Tristan. “One lesson that I always keep in my mind is that hard work pays off.”