Queen's is apparently seeking a change in direction after the playoff disappointments of the past two seasons, where a prolific offence bogged down in losses to Ottawa and Western.
Offensive coordinator and QB coach Warren Goldie is leaving the program after a seven-year run with coach Pat Sheahan. The players were told at the team's season-ending banquet last weekend in Kingston that Goldie is leaving the program. Sources note he has a real estate business and young children,
The Golden Gaels coaches have come under scrutiny in the past two seasons, as so often happens when a team loses at home in the playoffs. Their pass-run ratio was out of whack, especially in the 2007 Western game, and they couldn't make up for an injury to tailback Mike Giffin in the '08 loss to Ottawa.
Goldie is well regarded for being very sound with his coaching points, the technical instruction. On his watch, Queen's has had a string of receivers get CFL shots — Craig Spear, Iain Fleming, Brad Smith, current Saskatchewan Roughrider Rob Bagg and 2008 all-Canadian Scott Valberg, who's likely to get a free-agent shot. Queen's has also had two quarterbacks, Tom Denison and current fifth-year senior Dan Brannagan, each amass more than 7,500 career passing yards during Goldie's era. He'll be missed.
The upshot is that Sheahan has been his own offensive coordinator before. People will probably chalk this up to fallout from last fall and Queen's lack of luck at getting back to the Yates Cup.