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Brown, Abbott, Guay on Titans' staff

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Bob Abbott

Marc-André Guay

Le Soleil du samedi - Édition du 22 mars 2008

Brown, Abbott, Guay on Titans' staff

Dan Rosenburg

The Chateauguay Titans have added Geoff Brown, Marc-André Guay and Bob Abbott to their coaching staff for the 2008 Empire Football League season. Brown becomes the offensive co-ordinator, while Guay becomes the defensive co-ordinator, a post formerly held by head coach John Mouland, and Abbott takes over as offensive line coach.

Abbott stepped down recently as offensive line coach of the Chateauguay Junior Raiders because he was unavailable to attend practices four nights a week. The Titans only work out once a week.

Brown, who holds many team records as a wide receiver, succeeds the controversial Victor Oatis as offensive co-ordinator. He'll be aided and abetted by team president Jeff Craig. Oatis last season became embroiled in disputes with quarterback Kevin Wyeth and wide receiver Zawdie Parahoo, who both quit the squad before the playoffs.

"I'll miss Victor," Mouland proclaimed. "I learned a lot from him and I respect him as a coach. But he had some personal things to take care of and he didn't seem to like the direction in which the team was going."

Following the retirement of special teams coach Bernie Keenan, Mouland will add those duties to his already full load. He is also president and governor of the Junior Raiders.

The Titans have lost offensive lineman Morvan Kerneis to the Junior Raiders, for whom he becomes offensive line coach succeeding Abbott. Mouland is still on the lookout for competent coaches to handle the defensive line and defensive backs.

He is currently trying to recruit players from an arena football league in LaPrairie where the Titans sport a 5-0 record this winter.

Mouland has succeeded in luring former Junior Raiders all-stars Karim Binette and Kishon Thompson back into the fold, and would like to see fellow all-star Ricardo Willis follow suit.

He is still looking for a quarterback to back up starter Zan Symonds. Running back Denis Houle and defensive ace Jonathan Clermont are helping out in the recruiting area.

The Titans have developed a new website at Although home games will once again be played on the synthetic turf at LPP, the spring camp scheduled for May 3 will be held at Billings because of superior dressing-room and canteen facilities. Workouts that day will be held from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 2-4 p.m.

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