Claude Juneau leaves the Élans de Garneau

Claude Juneau took everyone by surprise by announcing his departure as head coach of the Élans de Garneau after a seven-year association.

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Juneau warned his players of his decision on Saturday during a team meeting. “It’s a big decision, but it’s been thought about for a long time,” he said. For 18 years, I have had the chance to make a living from my passion with four leading organizations. During the pandemic, I did some soul searching. For 35 years, I have gravitated in football and now is the time to give more time to my wife, who has an important job in the health sector, and to my children. The oldest will start secondary school in September and he will play football. For the first time in my life, I was able to play golf in October. ”

The pandemic accelerated the thinking of Juneau, who did not like the management of sport by government authorities at all. “Sport is important to us,” says the government, “but we must support the words,” said the man who led the Élans to participate in the Bol d’Or in 2018. The student-athletes were entitled to false promises. When I tell my kids that they will be receiving a bicycle for Christmas, I organize myself to meet expectations. It stinks in my face these false promises that have not been kept. “

“The various departments are putting the future of exceptional citizens in the making at stake,” continued the former Laval University Rouge et Or offensive lineman. It happens above the school principals and sports directors, which I don’t blame. The stakeholders operate in a precarious environment. I sincerely hope that their work will be valued. The coaching profession must be valued. It’s not just X’s and O’s on a board. “

Head held high

After a seven-year association, Juneau says he leaves a healthy program. “I put the house in order,” he illustrated. I am proud of the work accomplished and I am leaving with my head held high. All the preparation for the recruitment which begins on Monday is done. The coaching staff is ready and I have no concerns that the Elans will remain a top institution. Never, in 100 years, would I have been able to recruit young people with the same energy, knowing that I would not be there in the fall. I have always relied on transparency. I will make the transition until the end of the session and support the next head coach, if he wishes. ”

Among the current staff of the Élans, offensive coordinator Patrick Boies certainly has the qualifications to take over, he who led the team to the Bol d’Or in 2008 and 2011 before joining McGill in 2012 as coordinator. offensive and come back to the fold in 2018. “Pat has gone elsewhere,” Juneau said of his friend. He has completed his studies and has a full time job in web development. ”

Second full-time coach, Adam Thibault has taken the lead in the organization. “There’s no doubt in my mind that Adam is going to have a great career as a coach if he wants to,” said Juneau, “but he has to take it one step at a time. He has experienced tremendous progress, he wants to learn and improve and offers great commitment. It represents a good achievement for the program. ”

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