Sun open season at home

Unlike last season, when the Apple Bowl track was under repair, the Okanagan Sun won't have to wait until midway through the season for their home opener.

The Sun will open the 2019 BC Football Conference season on home turf Saturday, Aug. 3 against the rival Kamloops Broncos.

They'll end it against the Westshore Rebels in Victoria Sunday, Oct. 20.

In between, the Sun will have about as balanced a schedule as is possible.

They will alternate between home and away dates for the entire season.

The Sun will also revert to their former home scheduling, playing Saturday nights in August and Sunday afternoon games following Labour Day.

The entire home schedule is as follows:

  • Saturday, Aug. 3 vs. Kamloops Broncos
  • Saturday, Aug. 17 vs. Westshore Rebels
  • Sunday, Sept. 8 vs. Langley Rams
  • Sunday, Sept. 22 vs. Valley Huskers
  • Sunday, Oct. 6 vs. VI Raiders

All six BCFC teams get a bye on the Labour Day, and Thanksgiving Day long weekends.

Playoffs begin the weekend of Oct. 26 and 27, with the BCFC champion playing host to the national title game.

Last season, the Sun won the BCFC regular season title with a 7-2-1 record, before falling to the Rams in the league championship game.

That marked the final game of Ben Macauley's three year run as head coach.

Jamie Boreham was named the new head coach of the Sun Dec. 27.

Sun name new head coach

The Okanagan Sun have named a new head coach after their coach from the last three seasons called it quits in November.

On Thursday, the Sun announced Jamie Boreham, the team's former assistant coach, will take the reins next season.

As a player, Boreham was a kicker with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, the Saskatchewan Roughriders, and the Toronto Argonauts, winning the Grey Cup with the Riders in 2007.

He's been former coach Ben Macauley's assistant coach for the last two seasons.

“Our players can expect something different,” Boreham said in a press release. “I will do my very best to give each of them a better experience than all the great ones given to me.”

Boreham is currently the athletic director at Vancouver's Notre Dame Regional Secondary School and the coach of the U-16 B.C. provincial football team. 

The Sun won the BC Football Conference season last year, but lost handily in the playoff final to the Langley Rams.

Next season will kick off in August 2019.

Nagy back at Sun helm

The most successful coach in Okanagan Sun history is rejoining the BCFC football club.

Lawrence Nagy, who led the team to its only two national titles in 1988 and 2000, will take over as general manager. He was installed Tuesday, replacing Jay Christensen, who stepped away from the club after many years with the team.

“I am extremely excited to be handing over the general manager duties to Lawrence Nagy," said Christensen. "He not only has the commitment it takes to be successful, but also understands the culture we have that makes this the premier destination for Canadian Junior Football players. For myself, I look forward to taking on some special projects that will see a resurgence of fan excitement at the Apple Bowl.”

Along with his two national championships, Nagy also coached the team to five B.C. titles. He was inducted into the Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame as a builder in 2011.

Nagy says he has some big shoes to fill.

"As the general manager of the Okanagan Sun football team, I look forward to carrying on where Jay has left off," said Nagy.

"We will need to find a new head coach as soon as possible. This process is in place and looks very promising. In the interim, we’ll need to make sure that the whole Okanagan Sun family is secure and informed."

Nagy says the goal remains the same for the franchise – the quest for a Canadian championship.

"I am totally dedicated to this goal," he said.


Richard an all-Canadian

For the second straight year, Okanagan Sun linebacker Conor Richard has been named a Canadian Junior Football League all-Canadian.

The CJFL announced the defensive all-Canadian squad Wednesday morning, ahead of the national championship game Saturday in Saskatoon between the four-time defending champion Hilltops and the BCFC champion Langley Rams.

Richard finished the season, including playoffs with 33 tackles and eight assisted tackles. He added six sacks, two fumble recoveries, including one for a touchdown, and blocked six kicks.

He also returned 15 kickoffs for 354 yards and a touchdown.

Over the span of three seasons with the Sun, Richard has 85 tackles, 10 sacks, three fumble recoveries, four interceptions and 10 blocked kicks.

The Hilltops and OFC champion Hamilton Hurricanes led the way with three selections each. The Rams had two.

The offensive all-Canadian team will be announced Thursday.

The major award winners including offensive and defensive players of the year, rookie of the year and coach of the year will be unveiled at Friday's Banquet of Champions.

Sun coach calls it quits

The head coach of the Okanagan Sun football team has resigned, after running the program for the last three seasons.

Ben Macauley's resignation comes shortly after the Sun lost to the Langley Rams at home in the BCFC final.

“While my time as head coach has come to an end I will forever be thankful for the opportunity that the Okanagan Sun organization has given me,” Macauley said in a statement. “I want to thank my incredible coaching staff for sticking by me loyally for these last three years.”

Macauley thanked the program for “taking a chance” on a relatively young coach. Macauley was 30 years old when he was hired in 2016.

“While we didn't achieve the ultimate goal of a championship, it will be the many small, and mostly unseen successes that I remember most,” he said. “I have no doubt that the core group of the team will go on to achieve greatness on and off the field in this great community and beyond.”

Macauley says he will be shifting his focus from “the Sun family to my family at home.”

The Sun will begin searching for a new coach immediately.

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