Articles by: Sonny Wolfe

Former head coach, Sonny Wolfe, McGill Redmen

WOLFE: U Sport controversies

November 20, 2017 at 6:15 amby 0 comments

This past weekend had enough football to satisfy any fan of the game. High school playoffs, CEGEP playoffs, U Sport playoffs, CFL playoffs, and NCAA & NFL regular season games. The following are some random thoughts provoked by an overdose of my favourite game. What a mess created by theRead More

Handsworth Royals pile on Seaquam Seahawks BCSHFB (credit: Katie Burt, CFC)

WOLFE: Training For Football Excellence – Minimal Contact – Possible?

November 12, 2017 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

As I have previously indicated, I hold that players can be prepped to play football, at a very high level, without having to constantly make contact. Why this insistence on limiting contact? I believe that changes must occur to save our game. The passage I have cited below, captures myRead More

#FPC17 West Coast Selection Camp Tryout (credit: Katie Burt, CFC)

WOLFE: Non-contact football prep

November 5, 2017 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

My previous opinion piece, “Is it Time for BIG Change”, included a statement, some would see as controversial. The statement claimed that athletes can prepare to play the game of football at a high level, with little if any live contact. Many coaches and perhaps as many athletes, would disagree.Read More

Members of Ecole L’Odyssée Olympiens stand for the national anthem before a game against the Saint John Greyhounds in Moncton on Friday. (DARREN CALABRESE/THE GLOBE AND MAIL)

WOLFE: Is It Time For BIG Changes?

October 29, 2017 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

I suspect everyone reading this piece is a fan of football and desperately wants to see the game not only continue, but to thrive. I have written articles pointing out how much negative press the game has received; notably with regard to health issues (brain injuries). I have also reportedRead More

WOLFE: The role of Referees

WOLFE: The role of Referees

September 30, 2017 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

Much has been written, and many discussions have occurred regarding football safety issues, and the need to better protect the athletes. It occurs to me that there has not been sufficient emphasis on the role that the game officials play in protecting the players. Changing and emphasizing rules that eliminateRead More

WOLFE: President Trump and Football

WOLFE: President Trump and Football

September 25, 2017 at 12:32 pmby 0 comments

When reading the headline, you might assume this article is about Trump’s statements regarding the Colin Kaepernick protests. While it seems quite incredible that the “leader” of the USA continues to talk about issues that divide, rather than unite Americans; I will leave it to the political experts to deliberateRead More

Fox 40 Prospect Challenge 2017 - West Coast

WOLFE: Is more football better for the game?

August 30, 2017 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

During the span of a 48 year coaching gig, I have seen many changes, most that benefit  the game of football. The one development that I find troubling; players seem to have far more opportunities to practice and play the game, than was the case years ago. On first appearance,Read More

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WOLFE: Football and Academics

August 17, 2017 at 6:25 amby 0 comments

It has always been obvious to me that university sports teams are impacted as a consequence of their admissions standards. That is to say, that the schools with the highest standards, have the greatest difficulty winning games and championships. This is more the case in football than other sport. ARead More

Fox 40 Prospect Challenge 2017 - West Coast

WOLFE: The QB Spring & Summer prep

August 7, 2017 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

Continuing to look at the quarterback position, let’s look at the spring and summer portions of the preparation that should go into this position.

QB Josh Donnelly, U18 Team Saskatchewan (17) (credit: DheillyFire Photography)

WOLFE: The Making of a QB

July 30, 2017 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

In a previous article, “So you wanna play QB”, I made the point that playing QB and/or preparing a QB to play high school football requires an off-season plan. It goes without saying that this is a must at the university and pro levels. Let’s examine how to develop quarterbacksRead More

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WOLFE: So You Wanna Play Quarterback?

July 21, 2017 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

Who should play this complex position? Many (including me) feel that quarterback is the most difficult and exhilarating position to play, of any position, in any sport. Furthermore the QB is often times the most important member of the team. A quote by hall of fame coach Bud Grant, perfectlyRead More

WOLFE: Bengals/Bears Camps – “Inside Stuff”

WOLFE: Bengals/Bears Camps – “Inside Stuff”

July 14, 2017 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

The previous two articles included what might be described as football specific info. The following anecdotes did not fit into those pieces. They are in no specific order, but were all major discussion items on the long long, Chicago to Montreal return trip.

Wolfe (2): The Great Football Coaching Fraternity

Wolfe (2): The Great Football Coaching Fraternity

July 10, 2017 at 6:25 amby 0 comments

This is part 2 to the Football Coaching Fraternity. To view part 1, CLICK HERE.

WOLFE (1): The Great Football Coaching Fraternity

WOLFE (1): The Great Football Coaching Fraternity

July 7, 2017 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

To be a great coach one has to be a great teacher – coaching is teaching. To be a great teacher one has to be a great student. In this case, I am referring to being a student of the game of football. As I often tell our players; footballRead More

WOLFE: “Coaching is coaching at any level”, high school versus university

WOLFE: “Coaching is coaching at any level”, high school versus university

June 25, 2017 at 8:34 amby 0 comments

My experience at the high school level is restricted to 4 years; while I coached college age athletes 45 years. Not being a great mathematician, I believe that is approximately a 10 to 1 ratio in favour of the older group. I had always looked forward to coaching at aRead More

WOLFE: Does football face a dwindling numbers problem?

WOLFE: Does football face a dwindling numbers problem?

June 9, 2017 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

During my second coaching tenure at McGill, at a social meeting that included coaches of various sports; the discussion turned to the sports being played by the province’s best athletes. What sports were being chosen by the biggest, fastest, and strongest?

WOLFE: Sherbrooke’s American Connection

WOLFE: Sherbrooke’s American Connection

May 31, 2017 at 6:25 amby 0 comments

How did the University of Sherbrooke recruit and get commitments from three talented athletes who hail from the state of Florida? That was the question I asked the new head coach of Sherbooke Vert et Or. was on his way to Montreal with his assistant coaches, to visit and recruitRead More

WOLFE: Levis-Lauzon and International Connections

WOLFE: Levis-Lauzon and International Connections

May 26, 2017 at 6:25 amby 0 comments

This is a two-part report; it starts with a game played on May 21. The game, “La Classique Quebec-USA”, is an annual meeting of Les Faucons de Lévis-Lauzon (Cégep division 1) and a US team from the Division 3 Empire 8 Athletic Conference. This year’s opponent, the Utica College Pioneers.Read More

Tim Hortons All-Star Game 2017

WOLFE [RECAP]: 2017 Tim Hortons All-Star game top performers

May 13, 2017 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

.@TimHortons All-Star Game: ✅. Team @JC_Beaulieu wins it! #AlsMTL pic.twitter.com/oE98Mr1T6T — #AlsMTL (@MTLAlouettes) May 7, 2017 2017 Tim Hortons All-Star Game The Tim Hortons Classic; an all star game for the best secondary four players in the province of Quebec, was held Sunday May 7th. The players had three practices;Read More

WOLFE: Recruited Player – How Do I Decide – Part 2

WOLFE: Recruited Player – How Do I Decide – Part 2

May 9, 2017 at 6:30 amby 0 comments

This the second part of how a recruited athlete can insure he has investigated the issues most important to him as he looks at various university options. Part 1 centered on some of the more “social” aspects of the decision – location, school size, community size, residence (residence life); asRead More

 
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