Action on the fields and courts has been paused, at the moment, within the OCAA (Ontario Colleges Athletic Association).
Away from the pitch and the gymnasium, however, the Cambrian Golden Shield is making news.
The local college announced this morning a pair of coaching changes to their varsity lineup, with the gentlemen involved providing an interesting and very stark contrast.
Dale Beausoleil, one of the most respected volleyball coaches in the province and the man who has led the Cambrian women's team for more than a quarter century will now assume the mantle with both Golden Shield squads, named to replace Tom Sutton.
Meanwhile, the Cambrian men's soccer team will welcome their third coach in just over a year, with newcomer to the area Jason Garforth following in the footsteps of a 2019 campaign that opened with Frank Anselmo at the helm, giving way to Milton Lessis midway through the year.
Where Beausoleil is one of the most recognizable faces in the local sports community, Garforth comes in as far more of an unknown, albeit one blessed with a number of years of soccer coaching and administrative involvement, both in Canada and abroad.
Most recently, Garforth was a leading force in the establishment of County FC Academy, located in New Tecumseth (ON), just north of Toronto. In a Cambrian issued release, Garforth is noted as benefitting from 20 years of experience as a head coach, and 42 years as a player, including four years of professional soccer.
The man who has coached internationally in England and the United States has set his sights high in taking over a program which has missed OCAA post-season play far more often than not, the exception being a short run of success under the leadership of Giuseppe Politi some four to five years ago.
"My goal is to bring the Golden Shield to the provincial championships within three years," noted Garforth in the release. "I am excited to change the philosophy of the program and make changes to the existing structures."
As for Beausoleil, success has not been limited to his work with the Cambrian ladies, a team that he has guided to the OCAA Championships on multiple occasions, capturing bronze medals at the national playdowns in 2004-2005.
The local school teacher and graduate of Confederation Secondary has also worked extensively with the Lasalle Lancers boys volleyball teams, earning several visits to OFSAA, in addition to building a winning program with the young men at Northeastern Public School.