Bisons commit has strong ties to team

Manitoba adds a top local talent to their 2019 class.

CFC100 running back Vaughan Lloyd from Vincent Massey Collegiate is already well acquainted with his new team, the University of Manitoba Bisons.

“It has always been home to me,” Lloyd said of the university. “I love their facilities and I’ve been using them since I was in grade ten. I’ve also worked and played for a lot of U of M coaches for programs like Recruit Read and for Team Manitoba at the Canada Cup.”

Courtesy of Vaughan Lloyd.

Lloyd added that he has a strong relationship with many of the Bisons coaches. He has been working with Blair Atkinson, the team’s offensive coordinator, since grade eight. “We have built a very strong relationship since them. He has had a very big impact on me becoming the football player I am today,” Lloyd said.

This past summer, Lloyd had the opportunity to work with the team’s running back coach, Ryan Karhut. “From the moment I met him we got along very well, and our relationship just got better as camp went on,” he said. “So, I am very excited to continue playing football with this coaching staff in the future.”

A resident of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Lloyd has spent his career playing within the city. He has played for the Fort Garry Lions, the St. Paul’s Crusaders (WHSFL) and the Vincent Massey Trojans (WHSFL). When he reaches the Bisons’ locker room he will be greeted with a few familiar faces. “I have played with and against a lot of the players currently on the team and have worked out with a lot of them as well,” he said.

The 5’7, 173lbs athlete is unsure as to what he will be studying in university. He said he has looked into kinesiology and psychology. But, as of late he has thought about going into business.

With one foot pointed towards the future and the other planted in the present, Lloyd is grateful for all those who helped him reach this point, one of whom is Coach McKay of the Trojans. “He has been an amazing coach to play for and has really taught me a lot about the game and about life,” Lloyd said.

“He has taught me about character and how important it is in football and in life. He has also made a big impact on the player I am today.”

Courtesy of Vaughan Lloyd.

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