Hawkeye lands in Guelph, joins 2017 class

Guelph welcomes another commit to their team.

When you have a deep love for the game, you will do whatever it takes to excel. Kyle Lavergne, a receiver from Haliburton Highlands Secondary School, knows just how hard work can pay off after committing to the Guelph Gryphons.

Lavergne lives in the small, backcountry county of Haliburton, which is about an hour and a half south of Algonquin Park. While he started his football career in grade nine with the Haliburton Highlands Red Hawks (Kawartha District Athletics), he didn’t hit the field until grade ten. His passion and drive for the game took him to the Peterborough Wolverines (Ontario Football Conference) and the Oshawa Hawkeyes (Ontario Varsity Football League).

It takes about an hour and a half to reach Peterborough from Haliburton County. “I drove two hours to practice, one-way, to Oshawa two to three times a week to play in the OVFL,” he said.

The former Team Ontario player’s dedication has paid off, having made it to the U Sports level after committing to Guelph. “I think I’ll be the most successful academically and athletically there. The football program is amazing. It’ll be a young group of guys so I’ll be able to compete right away,” he said.

Kyle Lavergne (#6) checks in with the referee. Courtesy of Kyle Lavergne.

Kyle Lavergne (#6) checks in with the referee. Courtesy of Kyle Lavergne.

Standing at 5’0, 170lbs, Lavergne has had some help through his recruitment process. “Coach Galloway, the offensive coordinator, was the first coach that reached out to me three years ago, and he helped me through the entire process. He watched my film and would tell me where I would need to improve most,” he said.

“The university coaching staff is amazing. What I loved the most about Coach Galloway is his honesty. Even on my visits by myself and with my parents the coaches would go out of their way to make you feel comfortable and feel at home. I’m very excited to play under this coaching staff for the next four to five years,” he added.

Lavergne said he is planning on majoring in French and minoring in psychology with the hopes of reaching teachers college to become a French teacher. In grade ten, he broke a high school record for the most receiving yards in a game. It was the same year that he led his team to the AA National Capital Bowl, which was the furthest his school has ever gone.

While originally committed to McMaster last year, Lavergne decided to go to Royal Imperial Collegiate of Canada Profile, a football prep school, to further develop his skills and compete in the United States instead. The young football player has a few people to thank for his success. He said, “I have to owe it to my coaches and Mr. Fife for what they did for me. I would not be half the player I am without Coach Jeff Brown, Coach Joe Haggins and the rest of the coaching staff.”

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