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28 | WINTER 2011
RECORD
Bleacher
Feature
By Sue Seaborn
For the first time since 1998 playoff football returned to Sackville. The
Mounties hosted the AUS semi-final game on one very muddy November
afternoon. That day brought with it the end of a season -- but it wasn't until
four exciting overtimes passed that the victors were declared. Despite this
heartbreaking defeat for thousands of Mountie fans, it was still a great year.
Third-year Mounties' head coach Kelly Jeffrey led his team to the playoffs with
a 4-4 record. A first since 1998, they defeated SMU and the team boasted 10
AUS all-star positions, which resulted in three All-Canadian awards. Jeffrey
was named the league's top bench boss and was also a nominee for the CIS
national coach of the year award.
Jeffrey, an Oregon native, was an assistant coach with the Mounties for two
seasons before becoming head coach in '08. He previously coached in the U.S.
college ranks at Mayville State, University of Nevada (UNLV), University of
San Diego, Northern State, and Dickinson State. He received a BSc in Physical
Education from Dickinson State, and his master's degree in health, physical
education, and recreation from Northern State in Aberdeen.
Perhaps the Mounties' success was foreshadowed 30 years ago, with a young
man's aspirations. Jeffrey knew he wanted to coach football. He loved every-
thing about the gridiron game from the time he was only two years old -- he
lived it, breathed it, and couldn't get enough of it. His friends and family
recognized that he was going to be a football coach.
His grandfather had close ties with Alabama's famous Bear Bryant and actu-
ally passed down to Jeffrey one of Bryant's trademark coaching hats. There
was no doubt Jeffrey was destined to become a successful coach somewhere.
AUS Football Co
Kelly Jeffrey