‘Very, very impressive’ coaches at UBC

UBC adds a local commit and two out-of-province commits to their team.

Quarterback Ryan Baker from Windsor Secondary School won’t have to travel very far to reach the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds.

Defensive back James Vause from the Saskatoon Hilltops (CJFL) and linebacker Kaden Sadownyk from Springbank High School will also be joining the Thunderbirds.

Ryan Baker

Standing on the shores of his hometown of North Vancouver, BC, Ryan Baker could look out over the water and see his new school in the distance. He said he committed to the team because of “the strength of the football program, the highly impressive academic institution, the coaching staff and it being close to home is nice.”

The future engineering student added that the coaching staff is “very, very impressive. Head Coach Nill’s success and winning history is something amazing and I wish to be apart of it. Also, I have worked with Coach Prepchuck in the past and I’m extremely excited to continue working with him.”

With a career spanning 12 years, Baker, who is 6’2, 220lbs, has played with the GSL Colts (North Shore Football League) and the Winsor Secondary School Dukes (BC Secondary School Athletic Association). He was the ‘AA’ player of the year, a Subway Bowl champion and the Bowl’s MVP in 2017. In 2016, he was an ‘AA’ all-star. The year prior, he won a ‘AA’ Subway Bowl and was the game’s MVP.

James Vause

James Vause has been a member of the Saskatoon Hilltops since 2014. He is a four-time national champion with the team. The 6’0, 183lbs product of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, attended Adem Bowman Collegiate in high school.

Kaden Sadownyk

Coming from Calgary, Alberta, Kaden Sadownyk has played with the Calgary Lions (Calgary Area Midget Football Association), the Calgary Falcons (CAMFA) and the Springbank Phoenix (Rockey View Football League). He stands at 6’0, 210lbs.

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