Queen’s new head coach attracts CFC100, one other

Queen’s welcomes a local commit and a southern Ontario commit to their 2019 class.

Jared Nuttall, a long snapper from Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School, and CFC100 Ethan Martin, a defensive back from London South Collegiate Institute, already take pride in being a member of the Queen’s Gaels.

Jared Nuttall

There’s nothing quite like playing for your hometown team, and Jared Nuttall of Kingston, Ontario, is about to experience that. “I chose to commit to Queen’s because I am a local player and have always loved going to watch Queen’s play,” he said. “I know many people there already and it is certainly a prestigious school in terms of academics, which is very appealing to me.”

Nuttall, who is interested in kinesiology, added that, “Overall, the combination of tradition, excellent academics and an accomplished football team put confidence in me that I made the correct decision.”

In terms of coaching, Nuttall said he has always been impressed with the friendly and hardworking staff. “Based on his accomplishments in the past, I’m sure the addition of Head Coach Snyder will only add to the great feel of the team and coaches,” he added.

Standing at 6’3, 210lbs, he spent the past five years with the Holy Cross Crusaders (KASSAA). He also played four seasons with the Kingston Grenadiers (OPFL). In 2018 he participated in the Fox 40 Prospect Challenge. He is a four-time KASSAA champion from 2014 to 2018. He also helped the Crusaders capture an EOSSAA and OFSAA championship in 2018.

CFC100 Ethan Martin

With his sights set on Kingston, Ethan Martin is excited to be a Gael. “I chose to commit to Queen’s University because I see it as the full package when it comes to academics and football. Their history of football tradition and academic excellence stood out to me,” he said. “How badly this football program wants to get back to the top excites me to be able to be a part of something special.”

During his recruitment, Martin said he created a great relationship with the existing coaching staff, which included Coach Bechmanis, Shomari and D’Andrea. “When Head Coach Synder arrived it kind of sealed the deal. I have known him since I was a little boy,” he said. “The staff made me feel like family since the first time we spoke. I’m really excited to get started with them.”

Martin, who is 6’1, 195lbs, is interested in taking life science or pursuing the accelerated route to medicine.

Martin’s career has spanned over ten years. He has played for the London South Lions (TVRA), the London Junior Mustangs (OPFL) and the Forest City Thunderbirds (OFC). He is a four-time city champion and in 2016 he won an OFSAA championship. This past season he was a recipient of the SPECTRA award, which is given to the top student-athlete in southwestern Ontario.

Alongside football, Martin won an OFSAA 4×100 relay. He is a three-time Bob Gooder award winner as a London MVP and a two-time Anderson award winner for his contributes on and off the field and for his academic prowess.

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