Football New Brunswick hires Hopkins as new provincial under-18 head coach

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Football New Brunswick (FNB) is pleased to announce the hiring of Chris Hopkins, as the new Head Coach of the Provincial Under 18 (U18) Football Team. Chris will replace Gaétan Richard, who stepped down for personal reasons.

Chris is from the Saint John region and played in the Fundy Minor Football Association from Peewee to Bantam. From then he went on the play for Kennebecasis Valley High School, was a member of the 2003 Under 19 Provincial Team and played 5 years at Mount Allison University.

His love for football blossomed into a coaching career. From 2008-10 Chris was the Offensive Line coach at Saint John High School. In 2011, he head coached the Kennebecasis Valley High School team to an undefeated (10-0) Provincial title season in the 10 man division. From 2009-11 and 2013 he was the Offensive Line and Offensive Coordinator for the UNBSJ Seawolves of the Atlantic Football League (AFL). They were regular season champions in 2009, 2010 and 2013. They won the Moosehead Cup as AFL Champions in 2010. Chris went on to coach at the CIS level as the Defensive Line Coach at Mount Allison University in 2012. He has since returned as the Head Coach at the Kennebecasis Valley High School in 2013. His involvement with the Provincial U18 team since 2011 made him an ideal candidate to carry this program forward.

Chris will start working immediately on preparing the U18 Provincial Team for the Football Canada Cup. The 2014 Football Canada Cup National Championship will take place from July 6th to July 12th in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The games, opening and closing ceremonies, as well as the skills competition will all be taking place at the University of Saskatchewan.


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