Bringing out the best in each other – Ashley Clayton

Welcome to the first of our monthly off-season player/staff profiles! Each month during this extended off-season, we’ll profile a Riot player or coach, providing you with a closer look at some of the outstanding people who make up the Regina Riot.

April’s featured player is defensive back, Ashley Clayton. This native of Kinistino is entering her sixth season with the Riot. Most people on the team refer to her by her nickname, which is a story unto itself!

“My nickname is Dirt. Yep, Dirt. One day while breaking down film with the rest of the defense, a coach told a teammate she needed to put an opposing player ‘in the dirt.’ This was my first year, and I LOVED the idea. So much so, that my teammates pinned the nickname on me, in recognition of my enthusiasm for tackling (ie. putting opponents in the dirt). So, the name just stuck.”

Cool! Tell us about your sports background, including football.

“I have played soccer, volleyball, basketball, badminton, baseball, softball, ultimate frisbee, and done track and field and football. I love the thrill of winning and beating an opponent.

When I moved to Regina, I was told of this new sport, (new to me) of ultimate frisbee. When I ‘accidentally’ ran into a few opposing players (mostly male), a teammate suggested that I try football. I was in awe, amazed that there was actually a place for girls to play football. I loved the game, was confused by the game, and loved the thrill of game day from that moment on!”

What do you do away from the football field?

“I’m a teacher. I get to work with students and help influence the people they will become. I also work with Regina AFFL (Adult Flag Football League) doing statistics. I believe statistics may be my second love.

I also volunteer/work with Girls in The Game, which is an amazing program aimed at coaching girls in self-esteem and sports. It is an organization that provides a place for females to belong, develop sports skills, self-esteem, and ultimately encourages women and girls to stay in sport. This program is so important. Girls need to know that they are strong, capable, and do not have to be stereotypes. I think it is so cool that I have an opportunity to encourage girls and teach them about the sports I love.

I also am a volunteer coach for the Regina Victorias, the all-girls RMF team.”

What do you enjoy most about playing for the Riot?

“I love game day. When I was finished high school sports, I thought that was the end of my competitive days. I missed the smell of walking into a school/arena/sports complex and feeling that wave of heat and smelling the stale sweat and anticipating the game. As an adult, the opportunity to compete as an elite athlete is unreal.

I also love the team aspect. A team keeps you accountable and pushes you to do and be better.”

How are you staying busy right now, including staying in shape for football?

“We have been so fortunate to have people and groups that help us to stay in shape and train. We have an amazing strength and conditioning coach in Shawn Kuster. Have you ever had someone push you and it exhausts you, but you feel good after? That is what Shawn brings with his knowledge, experience, and planning.”

How anxious are you to get back together with your Riot family? How much are you missing them?

“I wish I was practicing and getting ready for upcoming games right now! It is crazy the different friendships that you develop while being on a team. I miss spending all of that time with people who are amazing.

This team truly is like a family. When I need help, I know I can call on someone who is part of the Riot.”

The members of Riot Nation (fans, sponsors, etc.) are definitely missing you guys! Do you have a message for all of our supporters?

“The sponsors make doing what we do possible. A football game does not happen just because I want it to. The sponsors make playing at Mosaic Stadium a real thing. They make game days possible.

Without Evolution Fitness, well, I would not have a lot of muscle. Evolution Fitness has given me sanity over the course of this crazy life season. Without their sponsorship, this would have been so much harder.

The fans are amazing. They are family, friends, and people who love the sport of football. How fortunate are we that people come to cheer us on? Thank you to all the fans who took their time, drove to see us play in different cities, and pushed us over the years.

In short, thank you to the sponsors, fans, and people who care about the Regina Riot. I love the game and I hope they do too.”

Regina Riot 2018-06-03 vs Valkyries


The Regina Riot will hold their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday, November 10th. The meeting will take place via Zoom at 7pm. It is open to the general public.

At the meeting, four board positions will be voted on: President, Treasurer, 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 The deadline for applications for all positions is Friday, November 6th at 11:59pm.


Riot President Job Description

Riot Treasurer Job Description




From the gridiron to the front lines – Riot players do it all!

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot of things for a lot of people, including the cancellation of the 2020 Regina Riot season. One thing that hasn’t changed is the commitment of the members of the Riot organization to play a leadership role in their community – and that extends well beyond the football field! For example, several Riot players and coaches are working in essential services, helping to keep everyone safe during this unprecedented time.


Veteran linebacker (and 2019 team MVP) Adrienne Zuck is a registered nurse in acute care at the Regina General Hospital. As such, she’s busy helping her patients, while also keeping them, her co-workers and her family safe from the novel coronavirus.


“My work clothes go straight into the washing machine, along with the clothes I’m wearing, as soon as I get home from work,” Adrienne says. “As a health care professional, it’s crucial for me to keep myself and my family safe, so that I can provide care to people in need, and decrease the spread of the virus.”


Julianna Cornish thought learning a new position (transitioning from defensive line to offensive line) was the toughest challenge she’d face in 2020, until the pandemic arrived. Now, she’s focussed on providing important services to at-risk youth as an educational assistant and youth care worker at Ranch Ehrlo.


“Many of the youth I work with don’t have any support at home,” Julianna confides. “Right now, it’s more important than ever for us to be there for them, helping them to grow and develop. We’ve had to be pretty creative in terms of providing programming and implementing safety measures, but the smiles on the faces of those young people make it all worthwhile!”


Both ladies absolutely refuse to consider themselves heroes, despite what many of their fans (football and otherwise) may think. To Adrienne, Julianna, and everyone working hard to keep our community running, thank you. Riot Nation salutes you!


Want to know more? Check out the following media stories on Adrienne and Julianna:


CTV Regina:

Regina Leader-Post:

News/Talk (CJME) Radio:

2020 WWCFL Season Cancelled

On Monday, March 30th the WWCFL officially announced the cancellation of the 2020 season due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. This difficult decision was made with the support of all seven of the WWCFL’s teams, including the Regina Riot.

This decision was made based on a number of factors, the primary of which being the health and safety of all those involved with the league. The potential financial ramifications of having to cancel the season at a later point also played into the decision making.

The Regina Riot want to thank the players, coaches and staff for all the work that they’ve put into the season to date. We’d also like to thank our fans and sponsors for their tremendous support now and always.

We look forward to hitting the field again and celebrating our 10th season in 2021.

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!


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 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


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.



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 Applications are open until August 11th, 2019.


Head Coach Job Description

General Manager Job Description


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 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.