Football Operations

Patrick Fife, Football Director

Contact: patrickfife@royalicc.com

Mr. Fife is the head of school of Royal Imperial Collegiate of Canada. In this capacity, he is in charge of the academics of high school students from around the world. Mr. Fife has worked closely with football student-athletes for the past four years. He helped to pioneer the concept of prep football academies in Canada, and some of his previous students are now studying at Yale, Oklahoma, North Dakota, and Nevada on scholarship. Mr. Fife believes in the "live-work" model of boarding schools and serves as a residential supervisor and team manager/photographer in addition to heading the school.

2018 Coaching Staff

Riley Herechuk

Head Coach

Offensive Coordinator

Offensive Line


Tom Cudney

Assistant Head Coach

Defensive Coordinator

LBs/DBs

James Maynard

Head of Student-Athlete Performance

Asst. Defensive Coach

Defensive Line

Michael Carubba

Asst. Offensive Coach

QBs/WRs

Ricardo Martins

Asst. Football Coach

Asst. Strength & Conditioning Coach


Carlo Cardelli

Athletic Trainer

Joe Hagins

A native of Folkston, Georgia, Coach Joe Hagins played linebacker for Charlton County High School. He was recruited and received a scholarship to NCAA DI Purdue University ...

Michael Carubba

 Coach Michael Carubba has been coaching quarterbacks for the past decade after enjoying a long career playing college and professional football. ...

Armando Gomes

Coach Armando Gomes comes to the Royal Imperial Knights from Mossoro, Brazil. He has spent the last decade coaching American football, soccer, and handball in Brazil ...

Riley Herechuk

Coach Riley Herechuk joins the Knights after stints as a scouting intern under former NFL scout Dan Shonka at Our Lads Scouting Service ...

James Maynard

 Coach James Maynard joins the Knights as an assistant on the defensive side. Maynard played defensive line, offensive line, and linebacker at David Suzuki High School in Brampton ...

Kirstyn Carruthers

Kirstyn Carruthers joined the Knights in February 2017 as the new strength coach. He studied kinesiology at Acadia University, where he also played linebacker for the Acadia Axemen ...

Joe Hagins

Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator

Contact: joehagins@royalicc.com


A native of Folkston, Georgia, Hagins played linebacker for Charlton County High School. He was recruited and received a scholarship to NCAA DI Purdue University, where he had a four-year collegiate career as a linebacker, safety, running back, and kick returner. He was named the Purdue Freshman Athlete of the Year in his rookie season. 


Hagins then played as an outside linebacker with the Hamilton Tiger-cats, helping the black and gold capture their most recent Grey Cup in 1999. After recording 71 defensive tackles in two seasons as a Tiger-cat, Hagins retired after sitting out the 2000 season with a shoulder injury.


Hagins was later an assistant coach for wide receivers and special teams for the Guelph Gryphons. He then served as a defensive assistant/safeties coach for the Hamilton Tiger-cats. Most recently, he served as the defensive coordinator for the Hamilton Ironmen and the Waterloo Warriors, with brief stints coaching high school football in between


In 2016, Coach Hagins joined the Royal Imperial Knights in the role of defensive coordinator. Coach Hagins is excited to take over the role of head coach in April 2017.

Charlton County

High School Football in Georgia, USA

Heavily Recruited by NCAA Schools

Purdue University (NCAA DI)

Four-year Starter at LB, S, RB, KR

Won Freshman Athlete of the Year

Hamilton Tiger-cats (CFL)

1998 / 1999 

Won Grey Cup

Kirstyn Carruthers (Strength & Conditioning Coach)

Kirstyn Carruthers joined the Knights in February 2017 as the new strength coach. He studied kinesiology at Acadia University, where he also played linebacker for the Acadia Axemen. Coach Carruthers has completed National Coaching Certified Programs (NCCPs) in weight training and football. He has over 10 years of volunteer football coaching experience and 15 years of strength coaching experience. He currently owns and operates a gym in Grimsby called "True North Training."

Michael Carubba (Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach)

Coach Michael Carubba has been coaching quarterbacks for the past decade after enjoying a long career playing college and professional football.  He received All-American honourable mention at Dana College in Blair, Nebraska before moving on to play in the Arena Football League, Canadian Football League, AF2, Professional Indoor Football League, National Indoor Football League, Football League of Europe, and German Football League. Carubba competed against such players as Kurt Warner, Doug Flutie, and numerous others who went on to win Heisman Trophies or become NFL/CFL/Arena League MVPs. His coaching experience has been mostly in the Hamilton Catholic League, but has also included coaching for the OVFL, the AF2 team Rochester Brigades, and the Jr. Ticats Youth Football team, as well as being the personal coach for Dave Stala for five years prior to the CFL Draft. In his spare time, Carubba has been involved on the entertainment side of football, assisting with stunts and choreography for numerous commercials and TV/movie productions, including ESPN's Playmakers and Codebreakers. Carubba, who currently resides in Hamilton, is also a certified physical education and special education teacher.  


Coach Carubba joined the Royal Imperial Knights in August 2017. He currently serves as the offensive coordinator as well as a physical education teacher for RICC.

Armando Gomes (Asst. Offensive Coach/Asst. Strength Coach)

Coach Armando Gomes comes to the Royal Imperial Knights from Mossoro, Brazil. He has spent the last decade coaching American football, soccer, and handball in Brazil, and also working as a personal trainer. He has been a head coach; an offensive positional coach for quarterbacks, receivers, and offensive line; and a linebackers coach.  He was previously an assistant coach with the Brazilian National Team. In 2008, Coach Gomes was involved in the creation of an American football team representing the semi-arid region of Brazil. He led the team to state championships in 2010, 2011, and 2015, and was able to work with a number of American import players from teams such as Tennessee Tech, the San Francisco 49ers, and Arizona Rattlers. In 2016, looking to take his skills to a higher level, Gomes was a guest at the spring practices of Georgetown University's football team. He now hopes to apply all of his experiences as a coach and a personal trainer as he moves on to the prep school football level. Coach Gomes will be working with the Knights' offense as well as helping to implement the strength training regimen developed by Coach Carruthers and Coach Hagins.

Riley Herechuk (Offensive Line Coach)

Coach Riley Herechuk joins the Knights after stints as a scouting intern under former NFL scout Dan Shonka at Our Lads Scouting Service, the longest-running independent NFL scouting service in the world, and as an offensive line coach at the prep school level. For the past two years, he has organized and helped host the first two international Pylon 7v7 Football Tournaments, which were both held in the Niagara Region. He is a graduate of the Sports Management program at Durham College, and recently relocated to St. Catharines. Herechuk has spent the past several months developing his craft as a coach by attending coaching clinics and observing spring ball at UBuffalo and Syracuse, and the Hamilton Tiger-cats training camp. 

James Maynard (Asst. Defensive Coach)

Coach James Maynard joins the Knights as an assistant on the defensive side. Maynard played defensive line, offensive line, and linebacker at David Suzuki High School in Brampton before moving on to Brock University, where he is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Kinesiology degree. At Brock, Maynard has been involved as a flag football captain and presently serves as the head coach of a youth summer flag football program. Also a certified athletic trainer, Maynard is excited to further develop his skills as a football coach, and also to work specifically with the Knights' defensive line. 













Medical Staff

Kelsie Stunden

Athletic Therapy Coordinator

Certified Athletic Therapist

Registered Massage Therapist

First Responder

ks.stunden@gmail.com

Carlo Cardelli

Athletic Therapy Candidate

First Responder

cardelli-c@webmail.uwinnipeg.ca

Daytona Gilroy Briand

Certified Athletic Therapist

First Responder

daytona.gilroy.briand@gmail.com