StFX has enthusiastic coaches says commits

St. FX brings in two out-of-province commits to their Class of 2017.

Not quite yet familiar with one another, but offensive lineman Zack Janzen from Langley Christian High School and Chris Rambi from King City Secondary School will be going into the trenches together on their new team, the St. Francis Xavier X-Men.

Zack Janzen

Courtesy of Zack Janzen.

It’s no easy move from Zack Janzen’s hometown of Langley, BC, to Antigonish, Nova Scotia. But, it probably won’t take long for Janzen to make some friends. “I love the community and family aspect of the team. Right off the bat you can really see that the coaches and players care about each other,” he said.

“The coaching staff is very helpful, encouraging and incredibly easy to get along with a very positive atmosphere,” Janzen added.

The 6’1, 300lbs athlete also found a commonality among his new head coach. “Head Coach Waterman is extremely helpful and shares a lot of my values, including compassion, leadership and a good work ethic,” Janzen said.

The potential Education student played six years with Langley Minor Football, winning three provincial championships with the Mustangs (2013) and the Stampeders (2015, 2016). In 2015, he played in the Alberta-BC Boarder Bowl as a BC Current Star. This past season, he played in the BC Community Football Association Zone Bowl and the Vancouver Mainland Football League Starbowl, which he also participated in in 2014.

Chris Rambi

Chris Rambi (#58) makes the tackle. Courtesy of Chris Rambi.

For Chris Rambi, choosing a university was about balance. He said he chose St. FX because of the alumni program, how involved the school feels and the good balance in size the school has.

“The coaching staff seems to be very involved and enthusiastic with their player base at the school, which is why I decided to choose them,” he added.

Hailing from Richmond Hill, Ontario, he played with the King City Lions (York Region Athletics Association) for three seasons and the York Simcoe Bucs/York Region Lions (OVFL) for two. In 2015, he won a Tier 2 championship with King City.

The 6’2, 290lbs defensive tackle turning offensive lineman has already had a taste for university coaching. The senior varsity York Region Lions were coached by coaches from York University. “York Region Lions football was definitely my favourite and my best experience in football that I’ve had over the years,” Rambi said.

“I think more players in the YRAA should definitely take a look at it as it was my first U Sports scout was York University, which I think would be a great opportunity for people to go to as I feel the coaching staff there during my OVFL season was great.”

Rambi, who is interested in either Sociology or History, plans on entering the Canadian Armed Forced as a infantry solider after university.

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