Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks add long-time Ticats’ safety Mike Daly to coaching staff

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The Wilfrid Laurier University football program is adding a wealth of CFL experience to its coaching staff, hiring special teams coordinator Matt Robichaud and defensive backs coach Mike Daly.

A familiar name to fans of the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, Daly spent seven seasons with the team after being selected in the sixth round of the 2013 CFL Draft. In 91 career games, he racked up 101 defensive tackles, 49 special teams tackles, one sack, eight interceptions, two forced fumbles and a defensive touchdown. He last played in 2021, recording eight tackles in four games due to injury.

A Kitchener native who attended Forrest Heights High School, Daly played four years as a defensive back with McMaster University. He was part of the Marauders’ back-to-back Yates Cup championships in 2011 and 2012, also winning the Vanier Cup in 2011.

“I am very excited to join the Laurier football program. Growing up in Waterloo Region as a young athlete, Laurier has always been held in such high regard,” Daly said in a statement. “I am thrilled to join the great coaching staff and players and can’t wait for the season to start.”

In addition to his duties in the secondary, Daly will serve as assistant special teams coach alongside the team’s new coordinator. Robichaud will also serve as linebackers coach, a role he filled with the University of Toronto last season

Robichaud played linebacker and long-snapper at Bishop’s University from 1996 to 2000 before moving on to a nine-year career in the CFL with Hamilton, Ottawa, and Toronto. He retired with 27 career tackles, all of which came on special teams.

Also added to the coaching staff are assistant defensive backs coach Will Amoah and assistant receivers coach Anton Matthews, both former players and Laurier graduates. Amoah was part of the 2016 Yates Cup-winning team and was named a first-team OUA All-Star and a first-team U SPORTS All-Canadian in 2018.

The new hires join a deep staff anchored by head coach Michael Faulds, defensive coordinator Ron VanMoerkerke, and offensive coordinator Todd Galloway.

“Coaches Robichaud and Daly played in a combined 180 CFL games. All of that experience and the type of people they are will help our football team immensely,” Coach Faulds said in a statement. “I know our players are excited to get to work and learn from both of them.”

The Golden Hawks finished last season with a 3-3 record, good enough for second place in the OUA West, before falling 31-18 to the University of Guelph in the playoff semi-finals.