Football – Boys

Trinity College School’s football program includes two teams. The varsity team, or Bigside team, is typically made up of older and more experienced players. Our junior varsity team, or Littleside team, is a springboard to playing at the Bigside level and is limited to Grade 9 and 10 students.

TCS plays in the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association (CISAA) league, widely regarded as the most competitive high school football league in Ontario. TCS also has the longest uninterrupted high school football rivalry with Upper Canada College, which dates back to 1868. From 1991-1993 TCS was unstoppable, with Bigside becoming three-peat champions under the leadership of Head Coach Drew Allen and Defensive Coordinator Tom Langford. More recently, the team won the CISAA title in 2009 and in 2015 finished as CISSA silver medalists.


  • Practices four days (on average) per week with film study one day per week, and games every Saturday
  • Position-specific workout programs, individualized for in-season and off-season development
  • Access to HUDL and regular meetings with coaches to review and analyze film
  • Individual support is given to players interested in pursuing football after TCS
  • CIS and NCAA university program connections

Bigside Coaches

Dan Gazarek, Head Coach, Program Coordinator
Coach Gazarek was named head coach in fall 2018, after serving for four seasons on the Bigside staff. Coach Gazarek places the student-athletes’ development as the top priority in his coaching and works tirelessly to provide the athletes in his charge with the best possible opportunity to grow and develop on, and off the field. He is NCCP Competition-level Football Certified and an NCCP Certified LB & DB coach.

Tom Langford, Defensive Coordinator – Queen’s University Hall of Fame Linebacker
Coach Langford has been coaching and running the Bigside defense for over 25 years, which includes eight league championships. He brings an incredible passion for the game, and an ability to relate to players of the game.

Ian Crawford, Offensive Coordinator – Former Bishop’s University Wide Receiver
Coach Crawford has been coaching the offense at TCS since 2015. A TCS alumnus, he graduated in 1991 and went on to play for Bishop’s University before being selected by the B.C. Lions in the 1995 CFL draft. As a former student at the School, Coach Crawford relates well with the players and understands what it takes to succeed.

Darryl Cain, Assistant Coach
Coach Cain began coaching at TCS in 2018 and brings a sound technical background and an intense preparation for game planning in order to put his players in the best possible position to succeed. Coach Cain has brought success to numerous programs over the years, most recently winning a LOSSA Jr. Championship with the Pickering High School Trojans in 2016.

Damian Cezair, Assistant Coach
Coach Cezair joined the Bigside coaching staff in 2018. He has had exposure working on the offensive side of the ball at all levels of football. His ability to communicate and develop young men has brought accomplishments to numerous teams that he has been a part of, most recently, winning a LOSSA Jr. Championship with the Pickering High School Trojans in 2016. 

Joel Varty, Assistant Coach – Former Guelph University Wide Receiver
Joel Varty joined the Bigside coaching staff in 2016, and is excited to work more closely with the team. Coach Varty brings experience in teaching the offensive skills positions as well as a passion for the ever-important special teams. Coach Varty has benefited from great coaches and mentors in his career; he endeavours to pay it forward and pass that mentorship on to the next generations of student-athletes. 

Littleside Coaches

Tom Tansley, Head Coach – Former Acadia Axemen Linebacker
Coach Tansley has been coaching at TCS since 2006. He is an NCCP qualified coach and head of the School’s health and physical education department. Coach Tansley has a strong passion for football and using the sport as a medium to build character in young men and to contribute to their development and maturation.

Patrick Assinck, Assistant Coach – Former York Lions Offensive Lineman
Coach Assinck joined the coaching staff in 2016-2017, but has been coaching football in the KMFL, KPRDSB and for the Peterborough Wolverines, most recently as the offensive coordinator of the 2017 JV Peterborough Wolverines (OFC League Champions). He earned a degree in kinesiology at York University, is a certified personal trainer and is a passionate educator. Coach Assinck sees football as a tremendous tool to support and motivate athletes while they develop important life skills such as confidence, teamwork, accountability, respect and attention to detail.

Campbell Hall, Assistant Coach – Former TCS Bears Lineman
Coach Hall first started coaching football at TCS in 1993, and he is now thrilled to be coaching football again, since returning to the School in 2014. He is one of the Littleside defensive line coaches, who knows that every great football battle is ultimately won or lost starting “in the trenches.”

Drew Allen, Assistant Coach – Former Football Ontario Coach of the Year
Coach Allen has spent more than 30 seasons coaching Bigside football at TCS. His teams have won eight championships and appeared in numerous championship and bowl games.

Christian Burns, Assistant Coach
Coach Burns has been a part of the Littleside program since 2014. Coaching the wide receivers, defensive backs and special teams are skills he brought to Canada after playing and coaching south of the border. Coach Burns enjoys learning the Canadian game along with getting to work with the players new to Littleside every year.


Trinity College School has two natural grass football fields. Littleside and Bigside teams each have a dressing room with individual hardwood stalls to store equipment, turf carpet, a sound system and direct access to the field.

A new 40,000 square foot athletic centre was completed for the start of the 2017-2018 school year. This exciting facility includes: three gymnasiums (one single and one double gym); a new athletic therapy clinic, staffed full time by two certified athletic therapists; a cardio and resistance training facility; changerooms; storage and classrooms. There is ample opportunity for our football players to train both in and out of season.


We expect football players to be strong academically, of high character, and willing to be involved in school life beyond the classroom. We believe that good football players are made better by playing different sports, therefore, athletes are required to contribute to the competitive program in all three seasons of sport.

Bigside Program Overview

  • Season length: September (Labour Day) - November
  • Average practice hours per week: 6-10
  • Tours/Trips: Quebec, U.S.
  • Video room: Lecture hall with white board, projector and smartboard video analysis, systems and tactics
  • Video game analysis: HUDL account for team and each player for individual film breakdown
  • Game video available for scouts: Yes, and players have access to film to make highlight tapes
  • Strength training program: Developed with strength and conditioning coach
  • Medical/Physiotherapy: Two full-time athletic therapists on campus
  • Field: Each team has their own pristine natural grass field for dedicated use
  • Dressing room: Impressive dressing room with individual stalls, turf carpet, sound system, direct access to the field