Saint-Vilien returns to the Carabins

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Montreal – After being head coach for the past two seasons with CEGEP Division 1 team, Montmorency Nomades, Paul Eddy Saint-Vilien is making a return to the Montreal Carabins coaching staff. He was previously a Defensive Backs Coach with the Carabins from 2008 to 2011.

Saint-Vilien returns this time around in a full-time position as head Linebackers Coach.  This position became available a few weeks ago when former Defensive Line Coach Ronald Hilaire accepted a promotion to become the McGill Redmen’s Defensive Coordinator.

Saint-Vilien will be quickly re-acquainted with familiar territory as he was at University of Montreal when Head Coach Danny Maciocia arrived. The Carabins will have former colleagues as well as several players Saint-Vilien recruited a few years ago.

“I am very happy to be back with the Carabins as it is somehow a return to home,” Saint-Vilien said. “I had different options, but I know the Carabins organization and this is the perfect place for me.”

“I’ll have the chance to work more closely with Danny (Maciocia), who coordinates the defensive. The opportunity to work again with a coach like Marco Iadeluca also weighed heavily in my decision. ”

Saint-Vilien ensures that the experience he gained during the last two years will be beneficial.

“I sincerely thank the entire Nomades organization, all team players and those who have recently committed,” he said.  “I will always be grateful to the athletic director Michel Blanchette who gave me my first opportunity as a head coach.”

“I learned how to manage a team and work with a new generation of players.”

Meanwhile, Maciocia is happy to have a coach who knows the team.

“We can build on the experience of Paul Eddy and we do not have to start from scratch even if you have some change in our staff, said Carabins Head Coach. “He is a good defense strategist and has a good football sense.  In addition to knowing the culture of the team, he is a very good recruiter and knows the environment.”

Saint-Vilien is already back at University of Montreal and participated with the whole team at the Carabins spring camp which was held last week. He met with Nomades players yesterday, Monday, to inform them of his decision.

During his coaching career, Saint-Vilien also worked with the CEGEP Division 1 Team, Spartans Vieux Montreal Spartiates and CIS squad Laval Rouge et Or . He wore the colors of both teams as a player.

(With files from Mathieu Dauphinais)

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