Meet the coachesUpdated Thursday February 23, 2017 by Cindie Ashton.
Mark Magee, Head Coach: Senior Varsity
We are pleased to have Coach Magee return us for his eighth season, and his third as head coach for the senior varsity team, having led the SVs to a conference championship and the Provincial finals last season. In high school, he was an all-star quarterback at LCVI in 1979 and 1980. There, he began his coaching career, winning city championships in 1983 and 1984 as the offensive coordinator. Moving to QECVI in 1988, he continued in that capacity, until he took some time off (1992–2003) to help raise his young family. In 2004 he resumed coaching as the offensive coordinator of some very successful Frontenac Secondary School teams winning the 2007, 2008, 2011 and 2012 National Capital Bowl Championships; champions of the 2014 OFSSAA Series; finalists in the 2006 National Capital Bowl and 2013, 2015 and 2016 OFSSAA Bowl Series games. He was involved with the OPP program for several years. These past five years, Coach Magee has been the Running Back coach for the Queen's Gaels CIS football team. He is currently a teacher and coach at Frontenac SS.
Coach Magee has, over time, mentored quarterbacks, running backs, receivers and the offensive line. He believes in preparation, attention to detail, intensity and commitment. He is known as a strong motivator and teacher.
Mark Pitts, senior
Coach Pitts played football at Regiopolis Notre Dame and went on to play at St. FX for the X-men where he was named an AUS All-Conference Selection at OT and played in the ‘96 Vanier Cup. In 2016 Mark and his St. FX teammates were inducted into the St FX Sports Hall of Fame. After Graduating from St. FX, Mark completed his B.Ed. at UPEI and returned to Kingston to play his last year at Queen’s University in 2001. Mark would stay on at Queen’s to coach DL for Coach Sheahan and Coach Tracey while he was teaching at Ernestown Secondary. In 2004 Mark moved to High Point, North Carolina to teach and coach high school football and track & field at Ragsdale High School for Tommy Norwood. At Ragsdale he coached multiple student athletes that achieved NCAA football and track scholarships. His experience in North Carolina included working at multiple DI and DII high school camps and high school combines for Adidas. In 2005 Mark met his wife Mary and they have two daughters. In 2014 they moved to Wolfe Island, Mark’s hometown. Mark currently teaches for the ALCDSB at St Paul’s in Trenton and has continued to help with HS Football in the Kingston and Quinte areas and helps with the Cats Thousand Island Minor Football Team. Mark and his family are excited to be part of the Grenadier Program.
Billy Peach, senior
Coach Billy Peach joins the Senior Varsity Grenadiers as the O-Line coach for the 2017 season. Billy grew up in Kingston and his many athletic achievements include two years as a young GMEN. Locally Billy attended and was an offensive linemen at Frontenac Secondary School before moving to Largo, Florida in 2007 to pursue a NCAA football scholarship. In 2012, after graduating from Jacksonville University with a double Bachelors in Business and Marketing, Billy was drafted in the third round, 19th overall, by the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. Winning a Grey Cup in 2014, Billy was looking to develop his career off the field. Making the move back east to Kingston and settling down his roots where it all began. And with a wealth of knowledge in real estate and new home construction Billy spends his days as an agent with Re/Max Service First Realty Inc.
Charlie Stymest, senior
Coach Stymest enters his fifth season coaching for the Grenadiers, this year returning as assistant offensive line coach for the Senior Varsity team. He is an original member of the Ernestown Eagles football team where he enjoyed a four-year career that earned him twice the honour of KASSAA All-Star. As a Grenadier player he was twice named the teams Most Improved Player. In 2013 and 2016, Stymest was the recipient of the Coach of the Year award. Coach Stymest is a valuable component of this coaching staff.
Dale Sands, Head Coach: Junior
Coach Sands returns to the Junior team in his new role of head coach following four years in an assisting coaching role with both the senior varsity and junior teams. When he joined the Grenadiers, he reunited with his QECVI high school Coach Mark Magee. He also suited up for the KCVI Blues and was named twice to the city all-star teams both as a defensive back and wide receiver. Dale has also served as running back coach and offensive assistant at Frontenac SS for three years leading teams to KASSAA AND OFSSAA Championships. Coach Sands’ tireless work ethic and dedication to his players and preparation are invaluable assets to the junior squad.
Brian McEachern, junior
Coach McEarhern enters his fifth season coaching with the Grenadiers, two years with the bantam program, one year with the senior varsity team and is now in his second year with the junior team. He primarily work closely with developing the receive core of the teams and has worked with special teams, Brain has over twenty years of coaching experience with many sports: hockey, rugby, baseball and football. He played varsity football and hockey while attending Saint Francis Xavier University and was fortunate enough to play with two Championship Football teams.
Steve Heron, junior
Coach Heron first became involved in football at Queen Elizabeth Collegiate as a player in 1984-89, under the late, GREAT Coach Rob Druce. Moving on to Carleton University following high school. Steve spent nine seasons coaching bantam and peewee football in the OPP Minor Football Association. He began coaching high school football in 2009-10 at Ernestown Secondary School (ESS) in their inaugural junior season, spending seven seasons as offensive coordinator and assistant head coach before becoming the ESS senior varsity head coach, a position he continues to hold today. Steve is entering his second season with the Grenadiers organization. First as the junior O-line coach after spending last season with the senior varsity team.
Curtis Brown, junior
Coach Brown joins as a new assistant with the offensive line. Curtis played local football for Sydenham high school, coached minor football for both OPP and Thousand Island Minor Football and has 11 years coaching experience combined at Sydenham, Ernestown and Napanee high schools.
Jeff Wood, junior
Coach Woods returns to the Grenadiers as a defensive coordinator for his eighth season. Additionally he has 25 years experience coaching within the Thousand Islands Minor Football League and at Brockville Collegiate. And was with Queen’s University for eight years.
Ken Jamieson, junior
Coach Jamieson was fortunate enough to play for legendary coaches Berkley Breen, Pat McMenamin, and Jack Aldridge. He has spent the last 10 years coaching at Frontenac Secondary School where he was part of several championship teams, including a National Capital Bowl win. In 2016 he became the defensive coordinator at Regiopolis-Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School. This will be Ken’s fourth season with the Grenadiers as a defensive line coach.
Andrew George, junior
Coach George joins us for his third year as DB coach. Prior to joining us, he coached for the Cardinal Carter HS Cougars (Leamington, ON) where he was the Defensive and Special teams Coordinator of the Junior Team. In just his second year as a Cougars coach, his team finished as the AAAA district finalists while only being a AA team! Coach George was also the defensive coordinator for the Rideau RedBlacks where they were NCAFA finalists in their first season. He was also an assistant coach for the Thousand Islands Secondary School Pirates who finished the season as EOSAA AA champions.
Peter Brannen, Head Coach: Bantam
Coach Brannen joins the Grenadiers as we reintroduce a team at the Bantam level. Peter is a Brockville native and played five years at Brockville Collegiate Institute before moving on to the McMaster Mauraders in the mid 70's. While teaching in Alberta he spent seven years coaching high school and community teams in Calgary before joining and becoming offensive coordinator and then head coach in Pincher Creek. In his four years there he led a 0-6 team, that had never had a winning season in it's 16 years, to two Division titles and a #1 ranking in the province in his final year. Upon retiring from teaching, Peter returned home to Brockville in 2013 and using the same system as offensive coordinator helped the Red Rams to two consecutive Division titles. He is now in his third year as football video coordinator at Queen's University and is again coaching high school football.
Ken Andreas, Punters/Kickers for all age groups
Coach Andreas has committed to being part of the Grenadiers organization as the kicking coach for his 10th season. He evolved through the ranks as a football player in High School, Junior A and as part of the Windsor University Lancers earning two highschool championships – unanimous all-city player at centre and LB – an ORFU Ont championship with Windsor AKO Fratmen Junior A and a CCIFC championship with the Lancers ( DE) which made CIS final 4. Ken considers himself very fortunate to have played for Hall Of Fame coaches Al Newman in highschool and Gino Fracas while in university, and considers these men critical to development as a player and coach. Coach Andreas has served as coach in several Ontario high school athletic programs in both soccer and football and, as an offensive coordinator, he contributed to two undefeated seasons for the Sydenham Junior team. During our club history, 8 of our kickers have moved onto the CIS ranks, with half of those under Coach Andreas mentorship. Many of our Grenadier kickers in the last 4 seasons have finished ranked in the top 3 of the OVFL. Ken also coached competitive high school teams in gymnastics, basketball and wrestling. He is a three time Ontario trampoline coach and formerly a national level judge.