Concordia brings in three local commits to their Class of 2017.
Linebacker John Boachie, running back Louis-Philippe Maltais and wide receiver Kyle Greenbaum from Collège André-Grasset will be taking their comradery to their new team, the Concordia University Stingers.
When John Boachie was examining potential schools, there were two particular things that caught his eye at Concordia. The first was the John Molson School of Business. The second? He said it was the opportunity to make an early impact.
And at the heart of this opportunity is the Stingers coaching staff. The 6’0, 205lbs outside linebacker said “(They’re a) dynamic coaching staff that seem to care about their players.”
Hailing from Laval, Québec, he has spent five years with Les Phénix du Collège André-Grasset (RSEQ Division 1) and Les Spartans de Saint-Laurent (Québec Midget Football League).
Fellow Phénix teammate, Louis-Philippe Maltais matches Boachie pound for pound at 6’0, 205lbs. The Montréal running back, who wants to take business administration, is looking to bolster some extra skills beyond football.
“I want to go to this school because I want to get better in English and it’s a really good university. They have a great football team,” Maltais said. “I have all my confidence in this coaching staff. They proved it in the past few years that they’re really great coaches and they know what to do.”
In his extensive career, he as spent six years with Les Panthers de Terrebonne, five with Les Dragons du Collège St-Jean-Vianney (RSEQ) and three with Les Phénix. With Les Dragons, he was a three-time offensive MVP. In his first year with André-Grasset, he was offensive rookie of the year.
“I want to thank all the people who never stopped believing in me and helped me to get to the U Sports level,” Maltais said.
What Kyle Greenbaum saw in Concordia University was a chance to be part of both a solid academic program and football team. He said that academically, the John Molson School of Business offers a very good business program, adding that he is interested in management or marketing.
On the football side of things, Greenbaum said, “Stinger football is a very good organization with lots of potential and they have one of the best passing offences in the league, which is great for a receiver.”
With his hardworking attitude, great hands and high football IQ, the 6’1, 185lbs product of Montréal will have the opportunity to get even better with the designers of the Stingers’ offence. “The receiver coach, Michael Harrington, has great coaching abilities and pushes us to perform at the highest level possible,” he said.
His praise doesn’t stop at one singular coach, however. “The coaching staff at Concordia is really an amazing group of guys that truly want the best for their athletes,” he said. “They offer great coaching tips and give us the opportunity to get better every single day.”
Prior to his three years with Les Phénix, he spent five years in high school with Les Cactus du Collège Notre-Dame (RSEQ). In 2013, he won a provincial championship with Les Cactus and was a Juvenile Division 1 all-star. In his first season with Les Phénix in 2014, his team made it to a Division 2 provincial championship, however they failed to capture the win. In 2016, they were back, but this time at a Division 1 provincial championship. Unfortunately, the team came up short again.
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