On Oct. 26, Selwyn House Director of Athletics Mike Maurovich coached his last Juvenile football game for SHS, winning the RSEQ consolation final against Collège Sainte-Anne 12-9. This comes on the tail of two other winning games—both against Chene-Bleu—which the Gryphons won 16-15 and 23-0 despite having half their roster out from injuries.
Coach Maurovich says he felt “very fortunate to work with my older son coaching my younger son” in his final FB game. Old Boy Oliver Maurovich 2009 was on the sidelines as an assistant coach, while Gr. 11 student Harry Maurovich 2019 was on the field as a receiver and defensive back.
“I’m still here,” Mr. Maurovich stresses. He will continue coaching hockey, but Anthony Lukca will take over as Head Coach of Juvenile Football.
“It’s time to move over and support the next generation,” Mr. Maurovich says.
He pays tribute to Rob Wearing, who built the Selwyn House football program out of nothing, and whose coaching style was an inspiration and shining example for a younger Mike Maurovich to follow, especially when he found himself on the sidelines facing down coaches like future Selwyn House Headmaster Will Mitchell, who was Head Coach for LCC in those years.
“In October we beat LCC 49-0, and by November Will was my boss,” Mike recalls. “Wearing loved it!”
Mike also thanks SHS Assistant Headmaster Mike Downey for being his trusted co-coach for 27 years.
He credits all these people for helping build what has become one of the most respected football programs in the province.
Over the years, the Gryphon Juvenile Football program has been a consistently competitive member of the GMAA/RSEQ leagues. Often going up against schools with much larger populations than Selwyn House, the program has held its own both in terms of its level of play and its history of preparing student-athletes to continue playing their sport at elite levels. Over a dozen recent graduates have gone on to play at the university level, with the most notable names being JJ Molson (class of 2015, now at UCLA), Jordan Dubuc (class of 2014, now at defending national champion Western), David Smith (class of 2013, and a graduate of Dartmouth) and Nolan Bedard (class of 2015, currently at Queen’s). The program has also seen student-athletes continue on into the pros, just as school Hall of Famers and CFL veterans Tim Fleizer and Ben Wearing did almost 20 years ago.
Under Coach Maurovich’s guidance, the Gryphons' senior-most football team has captured two league championships (in 1993 and 2003) as well as a “B” league title in 2000. The team also enjoyed a run to five straight league finals at the beginning of the 2000’s.
“It’s something we can be proud of,” Mr. Maurovich says, “and I feel it’s a privilege to coach.”