Gee-Gees attract proven winner to 2017 class

Champion winner from Québec coming to Ottawa.

It has been a challenging year for Bryan Latouche, an offensive lineman from Campus Notre-Dame-de-Foy (CNDF), but now he can rest a bit easier knowing he has a home for the next four years after committing to the University of Ottawa on Nov. 17.

“It’s been a difficult season on a personal side. We lost someone important who was close to our family and it was difficult to manage all the emotions through games and everything. But I can only be proud of what I’ve done and enjoy what’s coming next,” he said.

With that in the back of his mind, Latouche forged ahead, helping his team, the Notre-Dame du CNDF (Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec Division 1), to a Bol D’Or championship.

“I think that this award is the greatest award you can win. At the end of the day, it’s not about how many times you make the all-star team or how many MVPs you win. It’s about what you did as a team. There’s no better feeling than winning a championship,” he said.

Bryan Latouche celebrates his Bol D'Or win. Courtesy of Bryan Latouche.

Bryan Latouche celebrates his Bol D’Or win. Courtesy of Bryan Latouche.

Latouche will be looking to bring that winning attitude and positive, team-first mentality to his new team. After developing a strong connection with Coach Carl Tolmie, the offensive line coach for the Gee-Gees, he decided to commit to the University of Ottawa.

“Coach Carl took care of me not only as a player, but also as a human being. That’s why I want to play for coaches like this. They took care of my family and this is important to me. The coaches want to build something that I want to be a part of. They believe in me like I believe in them,” he said.

Bryan Latouche takes a moment to himself. Courtesy of Bryan Latouche.

Bryan Latouche takes a moment to himself. Courtesy of Bryan Latouche.

Latouche also found something familiar within the Gee-Gees’ locker room. “I like the family spirit that this team has. Same family spirit that made me choose CNDF three years earlier for my Cégep career,” he said. He will be heading to Ottawa from his hometown of Québec City. He has expressed interest in going into the business management program.

This past season, the 6’3, 275lbs lineman has played all five positions on the offensive line. While his primary position is offensive tackle, he has also had experience playing as a tight end. “I’m ready to learn and play wherever the coaches want me to play. I am looking forward to do big things as a Gee-Gee, not only personal but also as a team,” he said.

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