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Halifax’s Richard MacLean has been named U Sports director of football.
“We wanted to have someone who can represent the game nationally and who can assist in ensuring football related matters are communicated properly and consistently through the year,” Graham Brown, president and CEO of U Sports, said in a news release. “Our thought was to have a person who can create a focus and has that football expertise.”
MacLean played five seasons as an offensive lineman with the Saint Mary’s Huskies. He was the Atlantic conference’s most outstanding lineman in 1990, the same year he was drafted 52nd overall by the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts. He’s a former president of Football Canada and Football Nova Scotia and serves as president of the International Federation of American Football (IFAF).
“I’ve been involved in the administration of football for over 20 years now, provincially, in Nova Scotia, nationally and now internationally,” MacLean said in the news release. “I think having someone they know or recognize is important. I was part of the long-term athlete development plan years ago with many top-level coaches in U Sports. It brings some accountability and understanding that I have a lot of experience in football.”