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With the Coach: Jason Jourdenais

  • Mustangs' coach Jason Jourdenais instructs his players on the sidelines during a game.
    Mustangs' coach Jason Jourdenais instructs his players on the sidelines during a game.
    Photo credit: Dave Sidaway, The Gazette

With the Coach is a weekly series featuring a conversation with a local coach.

Coach: Jason Jourdenais, 37-year-old Vaudreuil resident and manager at 4-Glaces Sportplexe in Pierrefonds

Team: North Shore Mustangs football team

Years coached: 17

Playing experience: Laurentian Regional High School

Best coaching tip: Work hard.

Jason Jourdenais is a busy guy these days.

He works full time and attends classes at McGill University. In his spare time he coaches the midget Mustangs. As well, Jourdenais and his wife, Francesca, are expecting their first child.

How does the team look in the playoffs?

Jourdenais: We look pretty good. We’re coming together as a team and we’re peaking at the right time. I’m happy with our performance.

Do the players realize what’s at stake?

Jourdenais: I think so. Most of them have won with the (bantam) Lions in the past and they’re hungry for it. They realize now coming into the playoffs that it’s anyone’s ball game. Everybody has a shot at it and they know darn well that they have a pretty good shot at it as well, too.

How has your season gone so far?

Jourdenais: For me it’s difficult because I’m inundated. I’m at McGill full time. I’ve got a lot going on in my life, but it’s been a tough year to be honest, team-wise, because we have such low numbers. We had a lower turnout than usual this year. We had some guys, through injuries, who had to leave the team. We’ve been pretty much 33 guys dressed per game, which is extremely low for North Shore. But we still have good talent and great athletes. So we’re going to use them to the best of our advantage.

Sounds like you’re juggling a heavy load.

Jourdenais: It’s definitely a heavy load, but it’s a decision I made. I’m committed to it. I have a coaching staff that I can relay on things. I generally never miss practice. I think I missed two. One was work related and the other was football related.

What are you studying at McGill?

Jourdenias: Education. I’m in my last semester. And, by the way, my wife’s pregnant. Good timing! (Laughs.)

Do you like living in Vaureuil?

Jourdenais: People refer to it as the new West Island. It’s convenient, just over the bridge. Everything is so close, everything you need. If you want a bit of country, Hudson is not too far away. It’s a nice location. The bridge is difficult sometimes.

How do you manage to work full time?

Jourdenais: I work different hours, six or seven days a week. I have a good boss. I don’t do any overtime. Our peak season is not during football season at the arena. January to June are our busiest months. It’s really big commitment, but I’m surrounded by an excellent support staff with the Mustangs.

You must be excited about starting a family.

Jourdenais: Very excited. It’s our first child, so it’s going to change our lives.

jmeagher@montrealgazette.com

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