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Halifax minor coach recognized by NFL

Quentin Tynes has been selected as NFL Youth Coach of the Year.

Tynes has instructed at both the flag and tackle levels in the Halifax region. In 2010, he played an instrumental role in the success of both the Halifax Raiders and Halifax Argos (Halifax Gridiron Football Association) in getting into the provincial finals. As one of 4 assistants on the Raiders and with a roster of 40 rotating players (no two-way players), Tynes guided them to an 8-0 regular season record. As a result of him coaching flag, there has been a 200 percent growth in the sport.

A former CIS player, Tynes was part of the 1981 Acadia Axemen Vanier Cup Championship team.  Moreover, he was named CIS Rookie of the Year for his exceptional play on the field. This month, Tynes was inducted into the Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame.

Tynes was selected from a shortlist of ten candidates from across the country.  He is the second coach from the Halifax region to win the honours.  Citadel Phoenix Head Coach Mike Tanner was the inaugural winner of the award in 1999.

With this honour, Tynes will be given money to be put towards equipment and bursaries for minor football in the North End of Halifax and will be flown to Toronto to be recognized during an NFL regular season game between the Buffalo Bills and Atlanta Falcons on Sunday December 1st, 2013 at the Rogers Centre.

Photo credit:  Yoo Photography

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