Interview with Head Coach Kris Hadesbeck

The 2020 Regina Riot season is fast approaching, and we reached out to first year head coach Kris Hadesbeck to get his thoughts. Watch the video to learn more about Kris, his coaching history, his plan for the Riot going forward, and more!

AGM ANNOUNCED FOR NOV. 5TH

The Regina Riot will hold their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, November 5th. The meeting will take place at 7pm at the Headquarters for Regina Minor Football. It is open to the general public.

At the meeting, four board positions will be voted on: Vice-President, Secretary, Director of Community and Sponsor Partnerships, and Member at Large. These will each be two year terms, with the exception of Member of Large. Member at Large will be a one year term. Descriptions for each of these roles can be found below.

If you are interested in applying for a board position, please submit a cover letter & resume to reginariotboard@gmail.com. The deadline for applications for all positions but Secretary is Friday, November 1st at 11:59pm. The deadline for applications for Secretary is Sunday, November 3rd at 11:59pm. Please be sure to specify which board position you are applying for.

 

Vice-President Job Description

Secretary Job Description

Director of Community and Sponsor Partnerships Job Description

Member at Large Job Description

RIOT NAME KRIS HADESBECK AS HEAD COACH

The Regina Riot organization is extremely proud to announce Kris Hadesbeck as its new Head Coach. Hadesbeck has been a lifer with the Riot, serving on the coaching staff since the team’s inaugural season. During that time, he has held the roles of Defensive Coordinator, Special Teams Coordinator, Linebackers Coach and Defensive Backs Coach.

“We’re incredibly excited to give Kris this opportunity” says Riot President Clarke Westby. “He has been a great coach for us for nine years now, and to have somebody rise through the coaching ranks with us the way he did and make it to the Head Coach position is something special. He’s one of the most passionate members of our organization, and we are certain that he is going to do a fantastic job.”

Outside of his commitments to the Riot, Kris has extensive coaching experience at the high school level with Campbell Collegiate, as well as with Regina Minor Football.

 

RIOT SEEKING NEW HEAD COACH & GENERAL MANAGER

Following a successful 2019 season, the Regina Riot are searching for a new Head Coach and a new General Manager.

Morgan Bunce is stepping down from his role as Head Coach of the Regina Riot after one season. Prior to serving as Head Coach, Bunce spent four seasons filling various other roles on the Riot coaching staff. During Bunce’s one season as Head Coach, the Riot went to the WWCFL Championship Game but were defeated by the Saskatoon Valkyries. Bunce was part of three other championship staffs with the Riot. He plans to stay involved with the team in an undetermined capacity.

Alicia Dorwart has served as the General Manager of the Regina Riot since 2016. During her three years as GM, Alicia has been involved in two championship seasons and has reached the championship game one other time. Prior to becoming GM, Alicia had been both a player and volunteer support staff member with the Riot. Like Bunce, Alicia plans to stay involved with the team in an undetermined capacity.

The Regina Riot would like to officially thank both Alicia & Morgan for the years of hard work put toward building our program. Without them, the success that we’ve achieved over the past number of years would not be possible.

Job descriptions for each position are available for review below. If you are interested in applying for either available position, please submit a cover letter and resume reginariotfootball@gmail.com. Applications are open until August 11th, 2019.

 

Head Coach Job Description

General Manager Job Description

2019 SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED

The wait is almost over! The 2019 Regina Riot regular season schedule has been made official. Here’s a look at what’s in store for the Riot this year:

 

WEEK 1 – Sunday, May 5th, 2019

Regina Riot vs. Manitoba Fearless – 2pm – Mosaic Stadium

 

WEEK 2 – Saturday, May 11th, 2019

Regina Riot @ Saskatoon Valkyries – 7pm – SMF Field

 

WEEK 3 – BYE WEEK

 

WEEK 4 – Sunday, May 26th, 2019

Regina Riot @ Winnipeg Wolfpack – 12pm (local time) – East Side Eagles Field

 

WEEK 5 – Sunday, June 2nd, 2019

Regina Riot vs. Saskatoon Valkyries – 2pm – Mosaic Stadium

 

It has also been announced that Regina will host the WWCFL Championship Game for the second year in a row. That game will take place on Saturday, June 29th, 2019.

Annual General Meeting Results

The Regina Riot held their Annual General Meeting on the evening of Wednesday, October 24th at Sheldon-Williams Collegiate.

The meeting began with a quick introduction of the current board members. This was followed by an address by the President, Clarke Westby, and a review of the financials by the Treasurer, DJ Haubrich.

There were three Board of Director positions available to vote on: President, Treasurer & Member-at-Large. President & Treasurer were both being voted on for two year terms. The Member-at-Large position, which was new, was being voted on for a one year trial period with the possibility of a one year extension. The new Member-at-Large would not have voting privileges during the first year of their term.

At the meeting, current President Clarke Westby ran unopposed and was voted back into his position with a vote of confidence. Former player Amanada Hungle put her name forward to replace existing treasurer DJ Haubrich, who did not reapply for his position. Amanda also ran unopposed and won a vote of confidence.

Three people applied for the position of Member-at-Large: former Head Coach Olivier Eddie, current Media Coordinator Roshelle Montgomery and former player Amanda Tafelmeyer. Olivier Eddie won the position in a vote of those who were in attendance at the meeting.

For a full list of meeting minutes, please click here.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 24TH

The Regina Riot’s Annual General Meeting has officially been scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, October 24th. The meeting will take place at Sheldon-Williams Collegiate and will begin promptly at 7:00pm. It is open to the general public.

At the meeting, three board positions will be voted on: President, Treasurer & Member At Large. President & Treasurer will each be for two-year terms. Member At Large will be a 1 year term with the possibility of a 1 year extension. Descriptions for each of these roles can be found below.

If you are interested in applying for either of these board positions, please submit a cover letter & resume to reginariotboard@gmail.com. Please specify which board position you are applying for.

 

President Job Description

Treasurer Job Description

Member At Large Job Description

Fall Camp Scheduled for September 23rd

 

 

The annual Regina Riot fall camp, presented by Evolution Fitness, is scheduled to take place this Sunday, September 23rd. Here’s a quick rundown of everything potential players need to know.

  • The camp is open to potential players of all skill levels. No prior football experience is required.
  • The camp goes from 9:00AM to 6:00PM. The morning session takes place at Luther High School and the afternoon session takes place at Mosaic Stadium (see full schedule below).
  • The morning session is specifically catered to players new to the team, and features a Safe Contact Practice and Classroom Session to give potential players with no football experience a chance to learn the game.
  • Players are required to bring their own cleats or outdoor athletic footwear. They should also bring weather appropriate clothing to wear under their equipment. All other necessary equipment will be provided by the Riot.
  • The camp is available to anyone who is in Grade 9 or older. There is no maximum age limit.
  • Registration for the camp is $40. Participants will receive a Regina Riot team camp water bottle, and pizza will be provided for all players at the end of the day.

You can register for the camp by e-mailing reginariotfootball@gmail.com or by signing up here.

 

RIOT FALL CAMP SCHEDULE

MORNING SESSION @ Luther High School (NEW PLAYER ONLY)

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM – Registration/Equipment Fitting

10:00AM to 11:00AM – Safe Contact Practice

11:00AM to 12:00PM – Classroom Session

 

AFTERNOON SESSION @ Mosaic Stadium (NEW & VETERAN PLAYERS)

1PM – Report to Mosaic Stadium

1:30PM to 3:00PM – First Practice Session

3:30PM to 5:00PM – Second Practice Session

5:00PM to 6:00PM – Pizza & Equipment Drop-Off

RIOT ANNOUNCE HEAD COACH VACANCY + GENERAL MANAGER EXTENSION

The Regina Riot made two important announcements in the last week via their social media accounts.

 

GENERAL MANAGER EXTENSION

The Riot will be extending current General Manager Alicia Dorwart for a third one-year term in the position. Alicia first took on General Manager duties prior to the 2017 season. Before that Alicia had been both a player and volunteer support staff member with the team.

“I am extremely honoured and proud to continue to help grow this organization and women’s football in Canada,” said Dorwart in regards to her return. “I am very fortunate to have such a hard working and talented staff to work with and look forward to seeing what 2019 brings.”

“We’re very excited to be bringing back Alicia for another year as General Manager,” said Team President Clarke Westby. “Alicia has done a fantastic job for us the past two years as we’ve won back-to-back championships. The continuity that she brings to the management of the team is crucial to our success.”

 

HEAD COACH VACANCY

The second announcement was that Olivier Eddie would be stepping down from his position as Head Coach. Olivier originally joined the Riot coaching staff as an assistant in 2014. He took over the role of Head Coach when Shawn McCall stepped down from the position prior to the 2017 season. Eddie would go on to lead the team to a championship that year, and would repeat the accomplishment again in 2018. Eddie will be taking a role on the Regina Thunder coaching staff.

“It’s difficult losing a great coach like Olivier,” said Clarke Westby. “He brought a passion and work ethic that will be difficult to replicate. We want to thank him for all the countless hours that he has dedicated to this organization over the years, and we wish him nothing but the best in his future coaching endeavours.”

The Regina Riot posted a job description for the position of Head Coach earlier this morning. You can read it here. They are looking for a coach with at least 5 years of coaching experience at the high school level.

If you are interested in applying for the position, please e-mail a resume & cover letter to reginariotfootball@gmail.com. Applications are open until August 7th, 2018.

 

RIOT WIN SECOND STRAIGHT WWCFL CHAMPIONSHIP IN THRILLING COMEBACK

The WWCFL championship was on the line this past weekend when provincial rivals the Regina Riot and Saskatoon Valkyries met on the turf at Mosaic Stadium. It was the third time they had faced off against each other this season, and the highest stakes game ever played between the two teams that have battled for women’s football supremacy in western Canada for the better half of the last decade.

Gloomy skies overhead cleared up just in time for kickoff, sparing the 900+ fans in attendance from getting soaked. Instead, those fans got to witness a Saskatoon Valkyries team that came hot out of the gate. The visiting team was able to take a score of 10-0 into the second quarter.

Things continued to look grim for the home team until the Riot defense was able to force an interception midway through the second quarter. This turned out to be the momentum swing the Riot would need, as they took the ball and marched it down the field for a touchdown with 2:55 remaining in the first half. The score at halftime would remain 10-7 in favour of the Valkyries.

The second half would be just as evenly matched, as the defenses on both sides of the ball continued to make it hard for the other team to score. A missed field goal attempt by the Riot late in the third quarter would result in a single point when the Valkyrie returner struggled to haul in the ball and couldn’t escape her own end zone, making the score 10-8.

In the fourth quarter, the Riot would again take the momentum and turn it in their favour with a huge 62 yard scramble by quarterback Aimee Kowalski. This took the ball all the way down to the Valkyrie five yard line. But it was here where the Valkyries would make their stand, causing a turnover on downs after stopping a 3rd and 1 rush attempt by the Riot short of the goal line.

With time starting to tick down, opportunities were starting to run out for the Riot offense. But the pressure didn’t seem to make a difference, as they were able to drive the field once again thanks in large part to a big reception along the sideline by wide receiver Jenna Koller. The Riot continued to drive the ball until they had positioned themselves for a 3rd and 1 attempt at the Valkyrie goal line for the second consecutive drive. This time the Riot would not be denied, as Mallory Starkey ran the ball in for her second touchdown of the game. The Riot would take the lead 14-10 with 2:25 remaining in the game.

The Valkyries would end up with two more potential chances to march the field and take the lead to win the game, but both drives were snuffed out by quarterback sacks provided by veteran Riot linebacker Adrienne Zuck. The Riot would win the game and the WWCFL championship by a final score of 14-10.

“I’m extremely proud of our coaches and athletes,” said Head Coach Olivier Eddie following the game. “Nothing was going our way early on and our team just kept fighting. We have a resilient group and our athletes did everything right to deserve this championship.”

When asked about their opponents, the second year Riot head coach had nothing but nice things to say.

“The Valkyries coaching staff and players came out very strong. They played fast and physical and they caused us all sorts of issues. Hats off to them for a great game.”

Eddie also felt he had to say something about the fan support that was shown to the Riot at the championship game and over the course of the entire season.

“Having over 900 fans out here today is special. I think the Regina community is really starting to appreciate the special group that the Regina Riot are. Our fans played their part in making this championship game that much more memorable. The atmosphere was great and we are thankful for their support.”

The Regina Riot will take the rest of the summer off, but will pick things back up later this year with their annual fall camp.