Greg Layson updates on Guelph's search for a football coach.
Multiple sources close to the team confirm the University of Guelph Gryphons on Thursday morning interviewed football coaching candidate Steve LaLonde, formerly of the Mount Allison Mounties.
As part of the interview process, LaLonde addressed approximately 20 returning players at 8 a.m. He later met with at least linebacker Adam Dunk, a defensive captain and athletic director Tom Kendall.
Lalonde was AUS coach of the year in 2006. His Mounties won twice that season after losing 34 consecutive games, a streak that dated back to 2002. Mount A nearly upset the top-seeded Acadia Axemen in the 2006 post-season.
Overall, LaLonde went 3-21 during his three-year tenure at Mount Allison. LaLonde managed to recruit game-breaking quarterback Kelly Hughes and receiver Gary Ross — a Hec Crighton nominee last fall.
However, he left the team high and dry in June 2008 — less than three months before the season kicked off.
He took a job at Northern Iowa Area Community College. LaLonde went 3-6 in 2008 and had 21 recruits committed for 2009 when due to budget cuts the school folded its football program, six days before spring camp.
LaLonde's tenure at NIACC ended with some controversy, when an assistant coach deceived him about thinking Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was going to bail out the sinking program.
LaLonde coached last season at Mount Anthony Union high school in Bennington, Vt.
"He did a great job for us," MAU athletic director Tim Brown said. "But I’m not sure he’s going to be back with us. I know he has applied for a few other jobs."
Brown said Lalonde "hit a teaching certificate snafu" and could not teach full-time.