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Lancer football coach looking to build on 2011 successes

Lancer football head coach Joe D’Amore is looking forward to building on what his team accomplished last season.

“I feel we grew as a football team,” he said. “Our players worked extremely hard and are looking forward to taking the next step in our development as a program.”

In 2011, his first as head coach, D’Amore led his squad to the Yates Cup semi-finals. A full 21 of that team’s 24 starting players are returning to the Lancers this year, including third-year quarterback Austin Kennedy, an Ontario all-star. Last year he led the league with 20 touchdown passes and a pass completion rate of 65 per cent.

The coach is proud of his recruiting success, noting he expects some of the younger players to contribute immediately.

“I am very excited to see how far we can take this,” D’Amore said.

The Lancers open the 2012 season with the Labour Day Classic, hosing the Ottawa Gees Gees at south campus stadium on September 3. Kick off is at 1 p.m.