X-Men experienced coaches attract 3

X-Men add two provincial commits and one out-of-province commit to their 2019 class.

Whether their reasons for committing, Richard Miller, a defensive back from Citadel High School, Mitchell Tufts, a quarterback from Auburn Drive High School and Hunter Campbell, a running back from Hammarskjold High School, are committed to to giving their all to the Saint Francis Xavier X-Men.

Richard Miller

For Richard Miller, committing to StFX was a commitment to excellence. “I chose this school because of its great reputation in both athletics and academics. I love the campus and the small-town atmosphere it provides,” Miller said.

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The biggest draw for Miller, however, was the head coach. “I am very excited to play for Head Coach Gary Waterman, who, as a coach and former player at St FX, has over 15 years of experience with the white and blue He has been named AUS coach of the year numerous times and I can’t wait to benefit form all that knowledge and experience that he has,” Miller said.

“Jon Svec played a huge role in me committing to StFX,” he added. “Being a former five-year long snapper with the Waterloo Warriors, I knew he had all the tools necessary to help me excel with my long snapping.”

Miller, who is 5’10, 165lbs, is interested in taking the administration-entrepreneurship program.

The product of Halifax, Nova Scotia, has spent seven years with the Halifax Argos (NSMFL) from 2009 to 2015. He then played three seasons with the Citadel Phoenix (NSSAFFL). He is a three-time provincial champion with the Phoenix from 2016 to 2018.

Mitchell Tufts

Mitchell Tufts has always had a soft spot for the X-Men. “I have always liked St.FX and the football program and have heard good things about the university,” he said. “I was coached by Dave van den Heuvel on our Team Nova Scotia team in 2017 and we really clicked, and I am really looking forward to getting to know the other coaches.”

Tufts is interested in taking education.


Tufts, who is 6’0, 190lbs, has played for the Dartmouth Destroyers (NSFL) and the Auburn Drive Eagles (NSSAFFL) in his hometown of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He was the Eagles’ rookie of the year in 2016, the offensive player of the year in 2017 and the overall MVP in 2018. He was also the rookie of the year on offence in 2016 and a conference MVP in 2018.

“I have been lucky enough to attend great football camps in Nova Scotia and throughout the States,” he said, “and had some great coaches as well that helped me be successful in football.”

Hunter Campbell

When Hunter Campbell visited the school, he noticed something familiar. “I really like the vibe of the east coast, similar to my hometown of Thunder Bay, Ontario,” he said. “The coaching staff have been super great to me. I really like the fit for me personally from a football aspect as well as academically.”

In particular, Campbell said Coach Svec, Waterman and Heuvel have been a big part of his commitment.

Standing at 5’11, 190lbs, he will be studying business.

Campbell has played for the U18 Thunder Bay Knights and the Hammarskjold Vikings (SSSAA). He was a 2018 MVP for the Vikings and was a former offensive MVP.

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