As the Westshore Rebels get ready for spring camp, which will be held May 29-31, head coach Shane Beatty has not only been recruiting players but coaches for the 2020 season.
The Rebels have hired a new defensive and special teams coordinator and it’s former CFL defensive back and Grey Cup champion, Dexter Janke.
Beatty met Dexter in 2014 when he was playing for the Okanagan Sun. In 2015 Janke was drafted into the CFL in the fifth round by the Calgary Stampeders where he played for three years. In 2019, Janke was picked up by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and was part of the Grey Cup championship team.
After a four-year career in the CFL, Janke has decided to turn his passion for football into a coaching career where he can now give back to other inspiring players.
“The BCFC has helped me accomplish my dreams. I am grateful for the opportunity to come back and help others advance themselves and take steps towards their goals,” Janke said.
“The love I’ve received from the Greater Victoria community has always made Victoria feel like home. I’m looking forward to joining an organization full of great people and contributing to the growth of island football in any way that I can.”
The Westshore Rebels lost in the 2019 Cullen Cup to the Langley Rams and are on a mission to build an even stronger team this season.
“Having another ex-CFL player on our coaching staff is exciting for our players and prospects. Dexter is not only a great player but a great human being and can provide guidance on and off the field to our young players. I am stoked he has decided to make Victoria and the Rebels his home,” Beatty said.
The Westshore Rebels are a Canadian Junior Football team based in Langford, British Columbia. The Rebels play in the six-team BC Football Conference, which itself is part of the Canadian Junior Football League and competes annually for the national title known as the Canadian Bowl. The club has operated continuously since the late 1960s in Victoria, having previously been known as the Sharks, Payless, and the Hornets.