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RICC Football names Joe Hagins as new head coach

April 10, 2017

Among the changes set to take place for Knights Football next season is a new head coach leading the Knights into battle each week.

Today, Royal Imperial Collegiate of Canada is pleased to announce that Joe Hagins will be taking over the position and duties of head coach, effective immediately.

With a successful career playing in the NCAA and CFL as well as coaching in the CFL and U Sports (formerly CIS), Hagins brings a wealth of football knowledge and experience to the Knights. But while the former Purdue Boilermaker and Hamilton Tiger-cat's resume was impressive, more important in the decision was the fact that Hagins is already a familiar face to the program: he served as the Knights' defensive coordinator during the inaugural 2016 season.

"We need a coach who can win," says head of school Patrick Fife, "Beyond that, Joe [Hagins] will be a great mentor for our student-athletes, both on and off the field. He is straight-forward and the players respect his directness."

Hagins takes over from Jeff Brown, who was once his teammate when they played for the Hamilton Tiger-cats in the 1990s. Under Brown, the Knights had a 4-6 record in last year's inaugural season, with three of the wins happening in succession in November. Hagins is hoping to capitalize on the momentum from the end of the season.

"It's great that there will be consistency and we'll get to run with the stuff that we know and have already done," says junior defensive back Andy Melo, who will be returning to the team next year, "We are happy and excited to see what comes next football season with Coach Hagins's vision for the future."

Coach Hagins can be reached at

An announcement of the full coaching staff is expected later this month 


Twins sharpen football skills

By Britton Ledingham, Airdrie Echo

September 20, 2016

Airdrie’s Quinton and Kaleb D’Costa are going to great lengths to improve their football skills.The 17-year-old twin brothers, who played for the Bert Church Chargers in the 2015 fall season and the Airdrie Northern Raiders in the 2016 spring club season, are suited up with the Royal Imperial Collegiate of Canada (RICC Knights) Football Academy in St. Catherines, Ont.  [Read more]

RICC to support Top Prospects' NCAA Exposure Camp in St. Catharines

By Kevin Erb, Niagara Sports Xpress

May 19, 2016

 It is with great pleasure that Royal Imperial Collegiate of Canada announces that the Knights Football Academy will be partnering with Top Prospects Canada to host an NCAA Exposure Camp in St. Catharines. The two-day camp will take place June 11 and 12.  [Read more]

New elite football academy coming to Niagara Region

By Kevin Erb, Niagara Sports Xpress

April 10, 2016

Football in Niagara is being brought to the international stage with the introduction of the Royal Imperial Knights Football Academy. Part of Royal Imperial Collegiate of Canada, this prep school football program aims to attract Canadian, American, and international students who want experience and exposure playing top U.S. competition rather than their local high schools. [Read more]

New school aims to revitalize Merritton High

By Karena Walter, The Standard

Thursday, February 4, 2016 

Behind the walls of former Merritton High School, workers are getting ready for the first day of school. [Read more]