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Alex Surprenant has been appointed head coach of the McGill University football team. He becomes the 22nd head coach in the history of a program that dates back to 1872.
 
Fluently bilingual, Surprenant had served the past four seasons on the Concordia Stingers coaching staff since being appointed as an offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2019. From 2013 to 2018, he served as head coach and offensive coordinator at College St. Jean in the Quebec-based CEGEP league, winning back-to-back Bol d'Or conference titles in 2014 and 2015, which resulted in the team being promoted to Division 1 in 2016.
 
"We are very excited about Alex joining our program and bringing a wealth of experience, knowledge on both sides of the football," said Daniel Méthot, director of sport programs at McGill. "A creative thinker who is oriented on teaching, communicating and developing young talented student-athletes were key attributes we were looking for in this important process. His astute knowledge of future candidates, his recruitment approach and his past recruiting successes spoke volumes for what our program intends to address going forward. We are eager to help him build a solid coaching staff and bring McGill football at the forefront once again."
 
The new McGill bench boss also brings coaching experience with both Football Quebec (2013 - present) and Football Canada (2014-2018). In three seasons as the head coach and offensive co-ordinator at the Division 2 level, his St. Jean Géants racked up a 23-4 regular season record while leading the league in scoring each year.
 
"I am deeply honored and excited to step into the role of head coach at McGill," said Surprenant, a 38-year-old native of Farnham, Que., who currently resides in nearby St. Jean sur Richelieu. "This opportunity is not just a career milestone for me but a profound responsibility to carry forward the legacy of excellence that McGill represents, both academically and athletically. My journey in football has been filled with invaluable lessons, challenges, and triumphs, all of which have prepared me to lead this distinguished program. I look forward to this new chapter, building strong relationships within the University, the football community across Canada and with our alumni."
 
During his playing days, Surprenant was an all-star defensive back with both College St. Jean (2005) and Université Laval (2009). He graduated from Laval in 2009 with a degree in business administration and earned Academic All-Canadian honours while winning four consecutive Dunsmore Cup league titles and a pair of Vanier Cup national championships (2006 and 2008).
 
Surprenant replaces Ronald Hilaire, who coached at McGill for the past 10 years.

McGill Football Head Coaches

1.   A.M. Hamilton, 1908
2.   Bill Steedman, 1911
3.   Frank Shaughnessy, 1912-27 & 1932-34
4.   Lorne Montgomery, 1928-29
5.   Flin Flanagan, 1928
6.   T.H. Hall, 1928-29
7.   A.A. Burridge, 1928-29
8.   D. Stuart Forbes, 1930-31
9.   Joe O'Brien, 1935
10.  Doug Kerr, 1936-46
11.  Vic Obeck, 1947-53
12.  Larry Sullivan, 1954-57
13.  Bruce Coulter, 1958-61
14.  Bill Bewley, 1962-64
15.  Tom Mooney, 1965-70
16.  John Roberts, 1971
17.  Charlie Baillie, 1972-2000
18.  Chuck McMann, 2001-2006
19.  Sonny Wolfe, 2007-2011
20. Clint Uttley, 2011-2014
21. Ronald Hilaire, 2014-2023
22. Alex Surprenant, 2024 - present