||Randy Chevrier has been a member of the Calgary Stampeders for a team-leading 13 seasons. He is an excellent long-snapper and has also proven to be a force for humanitarian causes off the field as well. In 2014, he was awarded the CFL's Tom Pate Memorial Award, given to a player who displays outstanding humanitarian qualities. Click for more.
||In 2015, former Cheetah receiver Matthew Norzil was signed by the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Previously, over four seasons with the Université de Laval, Matthew hauled in 41 passes for 643 yards. He was named a RESQ All-Star in 2012 after helping Laval to a Vanier Cup victory and ranking third in the CIS in touchdowns that year. Click for more.
||Another former Cheetah star who was signed by the Saskatchewan Roughriders in 2015 was Brandon Tennant. He, too, spent four seasons with the Université de Laval Rouge et Or, and he won two national championships with the team. The Vanier Cup victories came in 2012 and 2013. Click for more.
||Not all notable alumni go on to careers as professional players. Former star football player Benoit Major has became one of the top referees in the CFL. Benoit is an umpire which sees him in the thick of the action. He has officiated in 176 CFL games including his 4th Grey Cup game in November 2015. Click for more.
||Marco Brouillette was a top quarterback when he played for the Cheetahs. He is now a starter on the Montreal Alouettes defensive corps where he has been making a big impact since joining the team in 2011. You can watch videos of him in action. Click for more.
||Former Cheetah football star player Patrick Kabongo has had a long and illustrious career in the CFL with first the Edmonton Eskimos and now with the BC Lions. While with the Esks, Patrick one a CFLPA All0-Star award and won two awards for his humanitarian work in Edmonton. Read about his re-birth in Vancouver wit the Lions. Click for more.
||While Cheetah football star Cory Watson has been playing for only 3 season in the CFL (all with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers) he has been making a name for himself with his solid play. he has clearly emerged as a top Canadian receiver in the league as well as a regular on the Blue Bombers receiving corp. Click for more.
||Former Cheetah football great Marwan Hage has also had a long CFL career playing with the Hamilton Tiger Cats. Hage has been a CFLPA all-star four times, an East Division selection twice and once was named a league all-star. He was the East Division's top lineman in 2010. Like Patrick Kabongo, Marwan has been singled out and honoured repeatedly for his humanitarian work both in Hamilton as wel as abroad in other poorer countries. Click for more.
||Former Cheetah football defensive stalwart Ameet Pall was a player who put fear in the hearts of opposing quarterbacks while he starred with the Cheetahs. After a very successful stint with South Carolina's Wofford University Terriers, where he had equal success in racking up QB sacks, Ameet was picked 5th overall in the 2012 CFL draft. He is currently playing for the Montreal Alouettes. Click for more.
||Former Cheetah Flag Football star Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer went on to being a starting quarterback for the Daytona Beach Barracudas Women’s Professional Football Team and then in 2009 was selected as a Chief in the Mowhawk Council of Kahnawake. Click for more.
||Former Vanier wrestler and current Vanier Phys Ed teacher Martine Dugrenier cemented her reputation as one of Canada's top women wrestlers when she won her THIRD consecutive World Championship at the 2010 Senior World Wrestling Championships, held in Moscow on September 11, 2010. Click for more.
Athletic alum Karine Sergerie won a silver medal in Taekwando at
the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Sergerie, the 2007 world champion,
was one of the favourites in her category and coincidentally had been
picked by Sports Illustrated to win a silver medal. Read about her medal
performance. She's definitely hoping for a Gold Medal at the 2012 Olympics. Read one article. Read another.
of Vanier's best wrestling prospects from past years, David
Zilberman and Martine Dugrenier both competed for Canada at
the 2008 Beijing Olympics, with Martine narrowly missing out on winning
a medal. Martine then went on to win a Gold Medal at the 2008 World Championships held in Japan in October. Both wrestlers have been particularly busy AND successful at international
meets over the past few years.
Click for more.
alumnus Kevin Challenger made a big splash with his team the Boston
College Eagles as they tore up the highly competitive NCAA league. Read
his story from October 2007. Click
here. In 2010, he was signed by the Montreal Alouettes. Find
star quarterback Liam Mahoney who led the Cheetahs to a Bol d'Or
title in 2006 was very successful playing for the Concordia Stingers.
In 2007, he won the award for Rookie of the Year of Canadian Inter-university
Sport football. Following stints with the Hamilton Ti-cats and Winnipeg Blue Bombers, in 2012 he considered a switch to broadcasting, but then in 2014 he signed with the CFL's Ottawa Redblacks. Read
fewer than three Cheetah Football alumni played in the 2005 Grey Cup
game between Montreal and Edmonton on November 27, 2005. Read
Basketball alumnus Pascal
Jobin was the head coach of the new professional basketball team
in Montreal, the Montreal Matrix. Read
Football alumnus Shaun
Diner was signed by the Montreal Alouettes in December 2004 for
a two year contract. He was a starting QB for the Cheetahs in 2000 and
also played for Team Canada that year. Later, he was a top wide
receiver for UNH. Read
Basketball alumnus, Vanessa Luciani was favourably mentioned in
an online article from the Greeneville Sun of December 3rd, 2004. She
played for Tusculum College. Read the article in its entirety. Read
Nlandu: Former Cheetah basketball star went on to a successful
run with the Catamounts of the University of Werstern Carolina. He was
named as a finalist for the prestigious John Wooden Trophy. Read
Grande: Former Cheetah soccer star went on from a career in European
Soccer leagues to playing a pivotal role in helping the Montreal Impact
win the 2004 Championships. Read
Kabongo: Defensive tackle for the University of Nebraska Huskers.
Patrick, a bruising 6'6", 320 lbs, was selected to the American Football
Coaches Association Good Works Team. In October 2003, he was awarded the
Brook Berringer Memorial Endowed
Scholarship. He was also featured in a Montreal
Gazette article from July 2003. Patrick went on to sign with the Edmonton
Eskimos where he won a Grey Cup with the team in 2005.
Running back with the NFL's Carolina Panthers. "Touchdown Tim" signed a seven-year,
12.7 million dollar contract with the Panthers in 1996. Read
Collinson: Brad played as a defensive
end with the Montreal Alouettes, winning a starting role with the Als in the 2003 training camp. He played
guard and centre and was also an excellent long snapper. Since 2013, Brad has been a coach for the CIS powerhouse Université de Laval Rouge et Or. Read
Gravel: Former Lady Cheetah basketball star went on to break the
school scoring record at the University of Texas Pan-American. Read
Wiltshire: Linebacker for the Edmonton Eskinmos. While
a member of the Als, Kelly led the team in 2000 in both total tackles
as well as defensive tackles. He has played on three Grey Cup winning
teams: Edmonton in 2005, Montreal in 2000 and Toronto in 1997.
Walker: A former Vanier Football star from
1997-1999, Andrew is now a highly successful actor currently starring
in sitcoms and movies in the USA and Canada. Read
A linebacker who lead Penn State in total tackles in 1992, Phil played in the NFL with the Denver
Broncos, Indiannapolis Colts and the Carolina Panthers. His sisters Elizabeth
and Victoria are part of a family tradition for sports excellence
at Vanier. Read more.
Mercier: After a highly successful college stint with the Miami Hurricanes,
Richard, an offensive linebacker, was selected
by the Cleveland Browns of the NFL. At Miami, he was selected as No. 1
offensive guard in the nation. (As named by The Sporting News)
A defensive lineman and long snapper, Randy started his career
in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboys.
Zatylny played with the Cheetahs during the
1984 and 1985 seasons. From Bishops University, he went on to win a Grey
Cup with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers as a wide receiver and kick returner.
He ran the 40 in 4.3!
||Hicham El-Mishtoub: An
offensive lineman, Hicham had a highly successful
stint at the University of Arizona where he received All-American
accolades. He went on to an NFL career with the Houston Oilers & the
Kansas City Chiefs.
Coffin: One of our most successful basketball coaches ever, Keith led
the Cheetahs to the Nationals 3 times, winning two Provincials Championships
as well as a National title in 1987. In 1989 Keith was named Canada's
College Basketball Coach of the Year.
Ruiz: Guard with the High Point University basketball team. Debbie
was the recipient of the Al Silverman Award, one of the most prestigious
awards in Canadian Women's Basketball, honoring her as one of the top
5 players in the entire country.
Koury: Forward with the Bishop Gaiters basketball team. Jessica was just named Pilsen-Gaiter athlete of the week after
scoring 37 points and grabbing 25 rebounds in the Concordia Invitational
Tournament. She's also a past winner of our Lloyd Elder Scholarship and
the Vanier College AAA Basketball League Academic Award.
Hage: Originally a defensive end at for the University of Colorado
Buffaloes, Rudy was picked up because of stats like these: in his last
year at Vanier he had 64 tackles, 24 for losses including 10 sacks, along
with recovering four fumbles, forcing two, and breaking up six passes.
He went on to play for the Alouettes and was featured in an RDS story.
|| Marwan Hage:
(6'3" / 290 lbs) An offensive lineman for the University of Colorado
Buffaloes, was selected with his brother
Rudy for the U of Colorado team. Also, read more on the Hage Brothers
in this story from Vanier
Students In The News. He was more recently featured in a July
2003 Gazette article.
|| David De La Perrelle
played for the Ottawa Renegades of the Canadian Football League. David
played with the 1994 and 1995 Cheetahs before moving on to the Kentucky
C. Lefebvre: A former Vanier swim team captain, John is presently pursuing a distinguished career as a Psychology
professor at Wofford College in South Carolina.
VANIER COLLEGE SPORTS HALL OF FAME
College student athletes who went on to play pro football:
Andy Antoine Montreal
Jabari Arthur Calgary
Anthony Barrette Montreal
Ray Bernard Ottawa, Saskatchewan, Calgary, Montreal
Claudio Bertone Toronto
Michael Bertone Draft Montreal
Tim Biakabutuka Carolina
Tristan Black Calgary, Toronto, Saskatchewan
Marco Brouillette Montreal
Tony Brown Draft Saskatchewan
Marc Calixte Calgary, Montreal Quality Control
Craig Carr Edmonton, Montreal, Calgary
Obed Cetoute Genaille Toronto, Saskatchewan
Kevin Challenger Edmonton
Randy Chevrier Cincinnati, Edmonton, Calgary
Andre Clarke Montreal
Brad Collinson Montreal
Adrian Davis Toronto, Calgary
David De La Peralle Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary
Danny Desriveaux Montreal, Toronto
Mike Dibatista Saskatchewan
Shaun Diner Montreal
Farrel Duclare Calgary, Winnipeg
Jean-Marc Edmé Montreal, Pro / College / Advance Scout
Darnell Edwards Sakatchewan
James Eggink Montreal
Hicham El-Mishtoub Houston, Tennessee, Edmonton
Pascal Fils Edmonton
Robert Forest Ottawa
Greg Fournier Saskatchewan
Alton Francis Saskatchewan
Angelo Filosa Montreal
Chris Gayton Draft BC
Rahsaan Giddings Montreal
Warren Grant Ottawa
Marwan Hage Hamilton
Rudy Hage Montreal
Éric-O. Hakim Draft Hamilton
Hasan Hazime Edmonton, Hamilton
Mike Hendricks Ottawa
Andrew Henry Win., Calgary, Toronto, Saskatchewan, Ottawa
Jesse Joseph Draft Montreal
Patrick Kabongo Edmonton, BC
André Knights Draft Calgary
Paul Lambert Hamilton, Montreal
Liam Mahoney Hamilton, Montreal
Ben Major CFL official
Youdlain Marcellus Draft Ottawa
Kristian Matte Montreal
Shawn Mayne Hamilton, Winnipeg, Montreal
Richard McCrory Ottawa
Richard Mercier Cleveland
Glen Miller Draft Hamilton
Tom Monios Saskatchewan, Toronto
James Monroe Ottawa, Saskatchewan
Curtis Nash Saskatchewan
Jason Nedd Edmonton, Hamilton
Matthew Norman BC
Matthew Norzil Saskatchewan
Sammy Okpro Edmonton
Ameet Pall Montreal
Bob Pantaleidis Calgary, Winnipeg
John Petrella Montreal
Moe Petrus Draft Hamilton
Mark Raphael Draft Saskatchewan
George Savard Ottawa
Nigel Smith Calgary
Dean Stewart Draft Toronto
Brandon Tennant Saskatchewan
Larry Tittley Montreal
Nick Tsatsaronis Draft Winnipeg
Uzo Ubani Draft Calgary
Paul Vajda Saskatchewan
Cory Watson Winnipeg
Kelly Wiltshire Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Edmonton
Frank Yeboah-Kodie Ottawa, Toronto
Phil Yeboah-Kodie Indianapolis, Carolina
Steve Zatylny Winnipeg
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