Peter Gabriel "Gabes"
Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator
Coach Gabes began his football playing days as a Frontenac Falcon. Under one the greatest coaches in Eastern Ontario, Coach Berk Brean, Gabes started his football journey in grade 9 and quickly excelled as a running back/full back, winning 3 championships and being named once as the rookie of the year and twice as the MVP, once in the jr program and in his final year at Frontenac as a senior.
Scouted by many schools, Coach Gabes played for the Carleton Ravens in the early 90’s. Being a versatile athlete, Gabes played many positions including fullback, TE, OL and special teams. In his first year he was able to play on special teams and became a starter in his second year!
After University Coach Gabes began to give back to his community by coaching at the high school level. After a few years in Kingston and then moving out west, Coach Gabes and his family settled in Belleville in 2003. Coach Gabes began his coaching career in Belleville as an assistant coach at Quinte Secondary. He moved into the role as Offensive Coordinator where he continues to coach to this day. He has also been involved with the Minor Football Program as well, coaching at the Bantam level. He has run numerous camps both at the grassroots level as well as the elite level challenging kids to reach there full potential.
Coach Gabes is extremely passionate about football and giving back to his community. His passion drives athletes to perform at their highest level. He loves paying it forward and excited about the opportunity that has been given to this community.
Defensive Coordinator & DLine Coach
Coach Shortly began his coaching career as an assistant coach at both Jr. and Sr. levels at Quinte Secondary School. For 15 years he was the Defensive Coordinator and Special Teams coach there. Coach Shortly moved to Centre Hastings Secondary School in the fall of 2017 and is currently the Defensive Coordinator and Defensive special teams coach. He also spent many years coaching at the minor football level in Belleville where he continued to refine his knowledge on the fundamentals of this great game.
Coach Shortly continues to improve his football knowledge by attending various coaching clinics in Canada and in the United States, such as York University (NCCP certification), Penn State, and Notre Dame.
He is a graduate of the Crestwood Mustangs Football Program in Peterborough and former York Lions Football Program (formerly the York Yeomen) where he played one season as Middle Linebacker, Nose Tackle and Special Teams.
“I am very excited to be a part of the No Limits Youth Organization as the Defensive Coordinator of the Quinte Skyhawks Football Team in its inaugural season in the Ontario Football Conference.”
Assistant Coach/Running Back Coach
A local product, and Centennial Secondary School Alumnus, Nick White brings an unrivalled passion of the sport of Football to the Skyhawks. With 15 football seasons under his belt between playing and coaching, he brings a wealth of recent experience in player development despite his age. His 5 years at Centennial earned him a Bay of Quinte & COSSA Championship berth each year, taking home 3 and 1 titles respectively. While behind the call sheet, Nick has boasted many high flying offense during his 7 year tenure in the BMFL, reaching the league championship 4 of those seasons. He is a NCCP Certified Coordinator, having attended multiple coaching conferences and clinics. Nick is a firm believer in offenses working as a calculated, executional unit to succeed; supplemented by the outstanding efforts of individuals.
Assistant Coach/Linebacker Coach
Began football in Nanaimo BC at age 10. Played until age 22. Notable accomplishments are BC 9 man football champion 2000, 2002 Huronia stallions rookie of the year, 2003 Huronia stallions Junior football champions. Won OFSAA 2005 with Bear creek secondary school (Barrie ONT). Attended Bishop’s university as well as Ottawa University (Played linebacker and was a long snapper). I believe in coaching and giving back, giving kids the coaching I never had the opportunity to receive. My goal is to put talented and hardworking players into CIS & NCAA programs. Currently a Technical Crew Member (TCM) Aircraft strictures Tech with 436 SQN with 8 Wing Trenton RCAF. Older brother of Edmonton Eskimos OL #66 Matt O’Donnell.
Assistant Coach/Defensive Backs Coach
Mark McFaul joined the Skyhawks as one of the team’s Defensive Coaches. He is a respected leader and mentor. McFaul began coaching high school football in 2005 and has coached at both the junior and senior level. McFaul has held the position of Defensive Coordinator since 2010 and provided oversight to one of the most productive defenses in the league.
McFaul expanded his coaching portfolio to include the Belleville Chargers Minor football team in 2013. McFaul’s passion for football began when he played defense with the Centennial Chargers in Belleville Ontario during his high school tenure and on the Nepean Norseman U17.
Assistant Coach/Offensive Line Coach
Being born in Ottawa originally , Craig moved around a fair bit before returning to the Nations Capital during his playing career. Growing up in an Airforce family it seems fitting that Coach Boyd would eventually settle in the Trenton.
A graduate of the THS Tigers Football program Craig enjoyed five years as a lineman playing on both sides of the ball. For much of his high school career Craig was a team captain and received lineman of the year honours in his final year.
Immediately upon leaving THS Craig attended training camp with the Ottawa Sooners of the CJFL ultimately surviving camp and finding work in a steady rotation on the teams powerhouse club. After two seasons playing on the stacked defensive line Craig made the move to Center anchoring the National Championship Clubs offence and being selected to the all star team in his final two seasons. During his four seasons with the Sooners Craig was a multiple award winner, consecutive all star selection and played in 3 Provincial Championships, 2 Eastern Canadian Championships, 2 National Championships winning over BC in 1992.
Since then Craig played and coached many seasons with in semi pro football winning all star selections as well as coach of the year honours in 2002. His last post was as GM of the Toronto Argos affiliation club in Brampton Ontario. Both clubs had a highly successful year with many victories including the Argos victory in the 100th Grey Cup.
Today Craig lives in Trenton with his wife Crystal, his daughter Harlow and his dog Tyson.
Coach Boyd is very excited to be involved with the SkyHawks program.
Assistant Coach/Quarterback Coach
Leith played his high school football in Whitby at Donald A. Wilson, before attending Ottawa University. After a brief stint with Ottawa University, Leith played Jr Football with the Ottawa Jr Riders and Cumberland Panthers.
Upon graduating from Ottawa University, Leith continued his football career in the Northern Football Conference for the Ottawa Invaders and the GTA All-Stars. Leith has coaching experience both at the high school level with the Donald A. Wilson and in the private sector with Ashbury College. Leith has been mentored by; former CFL draft pick Adam Papadakos, Wayne Jacobs, former UTEP Quarterback and two time Hec Crighton award winner and former CFL Quarterback Tommy Denison.
Assistant Coach/Linebacker Coach
Annel was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago. His family immigrated to Canada in 1984. He grew up in Hamilton, Ontario and lived there until 2005. He first got involved with football when he was 6 years old playing Tyke football in the Hamilton Minor Football Assoc. Annel continued to play football through the years and attended Hill Park Secondary School in Hamilton. He played Running back/fullback as well as linebacker and safety high school. Continuing his football journey he also played in the OVFL for the Niagara Colts in 99 and for the Halton Invictas in 2001.
In 2000 Annel started coaching high school football in at Hill Park Secondary. He served as Offensive coordinator until 2004. He also coached Special teams for the Halton Invictas in 2002 and offensive coordinator in 2004. 12 January 2005 Annel swore into the Canadian Forces. He served as a medic through 2 tours in Afghanistan. He was then posted to Petawawa from 2006 until 2014. During that time in Petawawa He coached at Fellowes High school as a Defensive coordinator. In 2014 he was posted to Trenton and continued to serve in the military until February 2018. During his time in Trenton he continues to coach High school at Trenton High school as a Defensive coordinator.
Assistant Coach/Receivers Coach
Played Belleville Minor League football 3 years,
Played CSS Football 5 years, 4xs Cossa Champion 2003-2007
Played at University of North Texas: HS recruiting league: Earned all star *top 22/550 Texas’ best
37 scholarships through the US, 9 scholarships through Canada
Played University of Toronto football, 2008-2011, RB, WR, SB, DB, CB, Returner, Punter, CIS All Star, CIS East West All Star,
40: 4:31, 225: 15 reps, Long: 9.8, Vert: 36”
Ran track and Field at U of T, 2008-2011, 60m, 100m, 200m, 300m, Decathlon, (Raced Usain Bolt at Festival of Excellence 2009)
Drafted to the CFL, B.C. Lions
Olympic level 2 for speed training, Coached 3 years of minor league, 3 years of BFL, 3 years of college women’s football, NCPP Level 2, LGBTQ Coaching Cert.
I ran a 5.2 Grade 9, a 4.7 Grade 12. And a 4.3 two years later. Speed can be trained. Get the right coaches and find out how great you can be!
Terry was born and raised in Belleville, Ontario. Father of three children. Played various sports at several levels throughout his life. Currently a manufacturing manager with a medical device company.
Been coaching athletes of all ages for over 15 years. Most of my coaching experience has been in hockey where I coached at various levels. Building strong, confident, motivated, respectful and responsible athletes both on and off the field is my coaching philosophy. Looking forward to a great inaugural season with the No Limits Skyhawks.