A new coach with the Rouge et Or

A new coach with the Rouge et Or


Annoyed by a recurring hip injury, quarterback Frederic Clements was forced to put football aside before Rouge et Or head coach Glen Constantin invited him to join its coaching staff as a defensive assistant. 

Clements was the third quarterback in the squad behind Arnaud Desjardins and Thomas Bolduc last year.  

After a brilliant college career with the Gaillards du Cégep de Jonquière in Division 3, during which he won the Bol d'Or in 2018, the 21-year-old imagined himself gaining experience before to become a starter one day.

An old injury, a torn acetabular labrum, however, ruined his plans.

“I injured my hip when I was 12 playing soccer,” he said. I was a sports freak; I played volleyball, in addition to football. I wasn't tempted to stop. Last winter, during physical tests, my hip gave out. I continued to train with the guys afterwards, but after spring camp, I didn't feel comfortable. I had to walk with a cane. I decided that, for my future, it was not worth continuing.”

Unexpected call

A few weeks ago, he received an unexpected call from Constantin who invited him to supervise the defensive backs of the Rouge et Or.

“Becoming a coach helps me 100% to mourn football, said the one who would like to return to his hometown in a few years, in Sept-Îles, to train young people. If I stopped everything overnight, I would lose “buddies”, but also the motivation to train young people one day.”

“It was a “no brainer” for me, said added Clements. Not everyone has this opportunity. It's another facet of the game. I knew the offensive side and it allows me to see the defense. At the end of my baccalaureate, I tell myself that I will be in “business”.

However, he must separate what happens in the coaching office from his life outside the field.

“When the players saw me coming on Tuesday, they were like 'what are you doing here?'” Clements said with a smile. I just got Marc Fortier's playbook. It's complicated, but it goes well with the “coaches”. They are good people. They're endless books that always have stories to tell.”

Clements has a one-year contract.

“I don't have a long-term plan. , I want to gain experience, indicated the sports intervention student. I don't look back, for me it's a new challenge.”