Queen’s campus, facilities ‘second to none’

Queen’s adds two Ontario commits to their 2019 class.

It’s safe to say that there is no other school that Noah Penfold, a receiver from St. Ignatius High School, and Nick Kozachuk, a linebacker from London South Collegiate Institute, would rather play with than the Queen’s Gaels.

Noah Penfold

For Noah Penfold, there is no second place to the Gaels. “I chose to commit to Queen’s because the academics and athletics are like no other,” he said. “I really liked the atmosphere down at Queen’s while I attended their camp. Their coaching staff and facilities are amazing, and I felt that I’d be a good fit for their program.”

He added that, “The coaching staff is amazing. I know they will teach me a lot, which will allow me to develop my skills.”

The 5’11, 187lbs slot receiver is interested in criminology.

Penfold’s career started in the small town of Dryden, Ontario, which has a population of around 8,000. While with the Dryden Falcons from 2011 to 2013, he was coached by Neil McLeod. He then joined the Dryden High School Eagles (WHSFL) in 2015. The following year, he moved to Thunder Bay, Ontario, and joined the St. Ignatius Falcons (NWOSSAA). He also played with Team NWO in 2016. He was a SSSAA champion in 2016 and 2018. He also won an OFSAA Simcoe Bowl in 2016 and an OFSAA Metro Bowl in 2018.

Nick Kozachuk

For Nick Kozachuk, Queen’s represents the best of the best. “I chose to commit to Queen’s because I felt it was the total package in terms of academics, football and student life. The campus and facilities are second to none and the coaches were very welcoming towards me,” Kozachuk said.

“The program at Queen’s is on the rise and I’m excited to be a part of building something special,” he added. “The coaches have all been very helpful throughout the recruiting process and I am very excited to work with them going forward.”

Queen’s has a new head coach, Steve Snyder. Kozachuk said he brings in a lot of experience with success, which “will help us get to where we want to be.”

The 5’11, 210lbs product of London, Ontario, is interested in engineering. He said the university has one of the top engineering programs in the country, which was a big factor in his decision to become a Gael.

Kozachuk spent five years with the London South Lions (TVRA). He is a four-time WOSSA champion from 2014 to 2017. He also helped the Lions to an OFSAA Bowl in 2017. He was the team’s defensive MVP in 2015 and 2018.

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