Saint Mary’s Huskies add Anstey to coaching staff

The Saint Mary’s Huskies (AUS) have announced the addition of Chris Anstey as a defensive line coach for the football team.

“Chris is a great coach and a great man,” commented Huskies head coach Perry Marchese.  “He is very well connected in the football community and is a welcome addition to the family.”

The Halifax, Nova Scotia native brings a wealth of experience to the position.  Anstey began his coaching career with the North York Grizzlies of the Central Ontario Minor Football League (COMFL) in 2000.  After one season with the Grizzlies, he became a member of the Metro Toronto Wildcats coaching staff- a team that is part of the Ontario Varsity Football League (OVFL).  In 2007, Anstey moved back to Nova Scotia and served as assistant head coach of the Dartmouth High Spartans of the Nova Scotia Student Athletic Federation Football League (NSSAFFL).

From 2009 to 2011, Anstey was the head coach of the Dartmouth Knights of the Maritime Football League (MFL).  During his tenure, the Knights were league champions in 2011. This past July, Anstey was a defensive line coach for Team Nova Scotia’s (under-18) entry in the 2012 Football Canada Cup in London, Ontario.  Most recently, Anstey was the head coach of the Auburn Drive Eagles of the NSSAFFL and has acted as a guest coach and recruiting assistant for CEGEP’s Champlain Cougars since 2008.

Moreover, Anstey brings his previous playing experience to the Huskies.  He played for the CIS’ Manitoba Bisons for three seasons (1997-1999).  Previous to that, he suited up for the Champlain Cougars (1995 and 1996) and Simmonds High School (1992-1994).

Anstey has been employed as career marketing and business development executive.

“I’m a lucky guy who landed the world’s greatest wife and daughter and full time world’s greatest dad competitor,” added Anstey.

Overall, the new defensive line coach is thrilled to be part of the Huskies football program and looks forward to bring his expertise to the team.

“I am excited about the opportunity to work with a program with such a tremendous tradition of excellence,” said Anstey.  “The SMU family and athletic department carries a rich history of pride and success and I hope to contribute to that in any way I can.”

“I have had the good fortune of having played for some of the best programs and coaches in the country at Champlain and Manitoba, which combined with my experiences since beginning my coaching career in 2000, have provided me with a solid foundation to build from.”

As for his next plan, Anstey will take the time to review and improve upon the defensive line.

“My immediate plans are simply to do an evaluation of every snap played last year and get a firm sense on the direction, scheme and expectations of Perry and Cello (Marcello Simmons, Huskies defensive coordinator),”  explained Anstey.  “The defensive line is a veteran group with great talent and a proven track record, and my goal is to bring passion and commitment to being better every day.”

With this new position, Anstey will move on from his role as head coach of the Eagles.

“I will be offering to assist Auburn whenever possible,” added Anstey.  “It’s a great program and someone is going to inherit a very talented group of returning players.”

“I fully anticipate that the culture that has been established at the school will continue to thrive, and that the fortunate new Head Coach will have immediate success in 2013.”



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