Rams add former tackle John Hashem as offensive line coach

University of Regina football head coach Steve Bryce announced Wednesday that he’s added former Rams player John Hashem as an offensive line coach.

Hashem played five years with the Rams after redshirting in 2005, his first season out of Winston Knoll Collegiate. He was a backup on the offensive line in 2006, then spent the next four seasons as the team’s starter at right tackle.

Selected by the Calgary Stampeders in the 2009 CFL Draft, Hashem attended training camps with Calgary, Winnipeg, and Montreal before spending the 2011 campaign on the Alouettes’ practice roster. He retired from professional football in 2012 after a second training camp with Montreal and a stint on Saskatchewan’s practice roster.

Hashem began his coaching career soon after with powerhouse Dr. Martin LeBoldus High School, spending each of the last seven seasons as the Golden Suns’ offensive line coach. He was co-offensive coordinator in each the last five seasons and also spent a year as special teams coordinator. Hashem was on the LeBoldus staff for all five provincial championships that the Golden Suns won between 2012 and 2016.

“John has earned a very solid reputation for developing young athletes,” Bryce said. “All of the opposing coaches knew they were going to have their hands full with the offensive line from LeBoldus because John helped ensure they’d be very well prepared and very disciplined. He’s going to bring a ton to the table for us and I think the youthful energy that he’ll add is going to be great for our mix.”

The new coach will be no stranger to several current Rams. Returning linebacker Ryder Varga and defensive linemen Zach Eltom, Matt Moore, and Eric Wicijowski were all offensive lineman at LeBoldus, as were incoming recruits Jacob Dakiniewich and Elias Deptuch. Hashem also worked with former Golden Suns players Shamar Donelson, Josh Donnelly, Semba Mbasela, Zach Moore, and Daniel Scraper as a coordinator with LeBoldus.

Hashem, who graduated from the U of R in 2010 with a Bachelor of Engineering degree, is employed as a data science engineer at sMedia in Regina.

 

source: reginarams.com

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