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FX Football Coach Hired by BC Lions

St. Francis Xavier Rams Football is excited to congratulate our Offensive Line Coach, Tanya Walter, as she has been hired by the BC Lions as a defensive assistant. Tanya becomes the first full-time female coach in Canadian Football League history. 

Walter.PNGTanya has been a coach at St. Francis Xavier since 2017 and has spent time on both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.

A statement from our coaching staff: “Tanya is an exceptional leader and football coach. Her hard work both on and off the field is being rewarded at the highest level. The BC Lions have recognized what FX Football has benefited from since 2017. We are so proud of Tanya and beyond excited to wish her the best of luck as a CFL Coach. Hard work breeds success. Congratulations!” 

Tanya’s football journey began in 2013 as a player with the Western Women’s Canadian Football League’s (WWCFL) Edmonton Storm. 

Tanya also went on to represent both Team Alberta and Team Canada, helping the national women’s team win a Silver medal at the IFAF Women’s World Championship in 2017. 

Tanya was born in Forestburg, Alberta and her coaching resume also includes a guest appearance with the CJFL Edmonton Huskies and an assistant for the West Edmonton Raiders girls’ tackle football team. 

Tanya has spent the last few years working with the Capital District Minor Football Association (CDMFA) where, among many other things, she has started a female only contact football league. Her efforts have been lauded around the country as other districts and provinces have followed her lead in starting their own female contact football leagues (often with her input and guidance). She is a trail blazer and intrinsically motivated, spectacular person who gives an immense amount of herself to break down barriers for girls and women in sports.

The St. FX community is so proud of her and will be keeping an eye on her success! 

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