Local teams emerge as frontrunners for Pierce

Tartans standout looking at CIS, CJFL options

Versatility and speed define Campbell Tartans’ Avery Pierce.

Avery Pierce

Positions
Running Back, Receiver, Special Teams (Punt/Kick Returner), Punter

Height/Weight
5’8, 165 lbs

Teams
Regina Campbell Tartans (high school: RIFL)

Commitment
None

Official Visits
None

Consideration
Saskatchewan, Regina, Open

Class
2016

Avery is heading into his third season with the Campbell Tartans of the Regina Intercollegiate Football League (RIFL) and is a veteran of the Team Saskatchewan program.

Avery first participated with Team Saskatchewan at the under-16 level in 2012 and won a gold medal at the Red River Cup. In 2014, Avery played for Team Saskatchewan White at the Football Canada Cup.The following year, he once again suited up for Team Saskatchewan at the Football Canada Cup helping the team win a bronze medal.

He also played for under-16 Team South Saskatchewan in 2013, winning a bronze medal at the Red River Cup.

Avery is a dynamic offensive player capable of running and catching the ball, as well as returning punts and kicks.His special teams skills are not limited to returning either. He is the starting punter for the Tartans and has been a back up for Team Saskatchewan.

“I always try and give myself the best chance of being on the field as much as possible,” says Avery.  “So I learn everything I can to prove I can play anywhere.”

The highlight of his last year of football, and his career was getting to be on a Tartans team with such an amazing group of guys

“It was probably the best team I’ve ever been a part of,” says the Tartans standout.  “We were successful.”

“And we were willing to do anything for each other out there on the field.”

The most influential person in Avery’s life is his father, Ryan Pierce, has been his biggest fan throughout his career and is a coach with the Regina Thunder Jr. Football Club.

“He has a long history of (being in) football and knows more about the game than anyone I know,” adds Avery.  “I’m definitely a better football player having him in my life to push me into the right direction.”

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His coaches fall right behind his father on the list of influential people in Avery’s life. They are always working to ensure Avery is doing what is best for him to become a better player.

“Coach Ryan Hall is one of the most organized coaches you will ever meet,” says the Tartans standout.  “He schedules our team events months before the actual date and studies film constantly to make us better. I’ve learned a lot about football from him.”

At this time, Avery interested in the University of Regina Rams and the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. While he wants to stay local, geography is not going to hold Avery back from selecting the school that will not only help him be the best football player he can be, but also allow him excel in life and learning.

“I want to be a student,” says Avery.  “Going to school is held very highly in my household, so I’m planning on following that and pursuing a career.”

The Regina Thunder of the Prairie Football Conference (PFC) in the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) has always been another option for Avery as his father is a coach.

“They have amazing coaches and they’re always one of the toughest teams in the CJFL.”

During the offseason, Avery works out four times a week. He does weight training Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. In addition to weight training he does speed, agility and quickness training on Monday and Thursdays.

“The program has been made by our coaches to make us better and bigger athletes,” adds Avery.  “We take serious measures in becoming the best team we can be.”

As well as participating in offseason training, Avery plays Midget AA South Sask hockey, which he says helps keep his conditioning up until the season rolls around.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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