Hurricanes get new Head Coach
June 23, 2014
Charlottetown, PE –Offensive coordinator Andrew Hickey will assume head coaching responsibilities for the 2014 season, Hurricanes Football Club president Mike O’Grady announced today.
Mark MacDougall, who led the program to three championship appearances and two AFL titles in the past three years, will focus his efforts on coordinating the defense while serving as assistant head coach. Last year, MacDougall was named Coach of the Year by the Holland Hurricanes Athletics department.
“Coach MacDougall has made a huge contribution to the growth and success of our football program and has dedicated a great deal of time and energy to the team’s development,” said O’Grady. “We are very pleased that he will continue to play a key role.”
A native of Fredericton, N.B., Hickey played for the Fredericton High School Black Kats, then spent a year at Mt. Allison University as a quarterback and special teams player before transferring to the University of Waterloo for the 2008 and 2009 seasons. At the University of Waterloo, he played QB under long-time CFL player and coach, Joe Paopao. Following the suspension of the UW football program, Hickey switched to St. FX University to complete his final three years of eligibility. While at St. FX, he made starts as Quarterback, Running Back, and Fullback before settling in as a Receiver for his final season in 2012. In 2011 and 2012, he was a team captain and team MVP. He participated in the 2011 CIS East-West Bowl (CIS all-star game). Hickey graduated from the Kinesiology program at Waterloo in 2011 and the Bachelor of Education program at St. FX in 2013.
“I’m very pleased to take on the role of head coach, and I’m looking forward to working with the returning coaches as well as a couple of new ones. I’m exciting about the upcoming season,” Hickey said.
The rest of the 2014 Hurricanes staff will be announced soon.
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