Owen MacWilliams new head coach of football Hurricanes at Holland College

The Holland Hurricanes are looking to a familiar name to lead the football program. Former student-athlete, Owen MacWilliams, has been named the interim-head coach; MacWilliams has been a member of the ‘Canes coaching staff for the past two years.

The news comes after former head coach, Steve Letner, stepped down from the position recently. Letner was the head coach of the program for the 2019 season after serving as an assistant coach for the five years prior.

“I am incredibly honoured for this opportunity and I would like to thank the Athletics and Recreation Department at Holland College for having faith in me to lead this program,” shared MacWilliams. “We are completely dedicated to building off of the foundation that past coaches have laid and want to continue to build a championship program that shapes young men into community leaders.”

MacWilliams, an alumnus of the Sport & Leisure Management program at Holland College, was a member of the Hurricanes in 2011, 2013 and 2014, helping lead the ‘Canes to Atlantic Football League (AFL) Championships in all three seasons. He was named an AFL All-Star in all three years with the ‘Canes, while also receiving the team’s Most Valuable Lineman award.

MacWilliams was then invited to the eastern regional combine for the Canadian Football League (CFL) before spending time at the U Sports level with the Laurier Golden Hawks and Acadia Axemen.

After his playing career, Owen entered into the world of coaching. For the past two seasons he was the offensive coordinator and assistant head coach for the Hurricanes. Prior to that, his coaching experiences ranged from U-16 flag football to U Sports with Acadia University.

MacWilliams is also a certified strength and conditioning specialist, having worked with both university and professional athletes.

“We are very excited to have Owen step into the role of interim head coach,” shared director of Athletics and Recreation, Albert Roche. “Owen has been around since the inception of our program as a former student-athlete of Holland College. He brings a focused approach to player development, student-athlete discipline and academic success. We are confident he will create a positive atmosphere where all players will be pushed to achieve their potential and our football program will continue to grow.”

The 2020 AFL season was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In 2019 the Hurricanes fell to the University of New Brunswick (UNB) Red Bombers in the championship game.

“Our staff is keen to build the program with a grassroots focus involving Island born players, while also recruiting well. We plan to develop players to play at the U Sports level,” shared

MacWilliams. “While at Holland College, our student-athletes will be a disciplined group and we are optimistic for a strong 2021 season.”

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