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The Prince George Kodiaks have hired former Okanagan Sun coach Jamie Boreham to take over as head coach and director of football operations.Handout photo

Prince George Kodiaks hand ball to Jamie Boreham

By Ted Clarke, 12/14/22, 10:15AM CST


Former Okanagan Sun head coach took Kelowna team to Canadian Bowl junior football final in 202

The Prince George Kodiaks junior football team has hired Jamie Boreham as head coach and director of football operations.

The 44-year-old Boreham joins the Kodiaks after three seasons as head coach of the Okanagan Sun (2019-21).

He was B.C. Football Conference coach of the year in 2021, when the Sun reached the Canadian Bowl championship game. He resigned from his position with the Kelowna-based team in March to devote more time to his young family. The Sun went on to win this year’s national junior championship.

“We are proud to have someone of Jamie’s calibre join our organization,” said Kodiaks president Craig Briere. “He brings a wealth of knowledge from having played at every level in Canada as well as an ability to train, develop and mentor younger players as was demonstrated through his Okanagan Football Academy. We are excited to welcome Jamie, Stacey and the kids to Prince George and to the Kodiaks family.”

Boreham replaces Keon Raymond, who guided the expansion Kodiaks through their inaugural 2022 season.

Briere said Boreham’s proven success leading the Okanagan Football Academy and its community football and 7-on-7 programs will be key in the development of the Kodiaks’ youth programs in northern B.C.

“A unique piece to this role is helping grow football in the North,” said Boreham.

“After starting up the Okanagan Football Academy in Kelowna (2020), which earned four national championships in two years, we now look to transfer that youth development model to Prince George and the northern communities to help teach skills and increase skill development and competitiveness at all levels.”

Boreham, a Burnaby native, played for the UBC Thunderbirds and Saskatchewan Huskies before he finished his university career at the University of Manitoba. After earning All-Canadian honours at three positions (free safety, punter and placekicker) he was drafted in the second round in 2001 by the B.C Lions and went on to play eight seasons in the CFL. He ended his pro career as a punter/placekicker for the Saskatchewan Roughriders.

He earned a Grey Cup ring with the Riders in 2007 and was named a team captain in 2009. His playing career ended in 2012 when he tore his ACL for the third time.

Boreham first joined the Sun as an assistant coach and was a teacher at Immaculata Regional High School in Kelowna from 2016-17.

The Kodiaks finished with a 1-9 record in their first season.

“Being competitive in the very difficult BCFC is a challenge every year, and there are many great teams, players, and coaches around the league,” said Boreham. “We have a lot of work ahead of us to close that gap. This is a new year and a new team. We look forward to growing as a team and coaching staff to be the best we can on and off the field.”