Taking very little time to fill a need for a lead Assistant Coach after Justin Serresse was hired as Head Coach by Laurier, uOttawa Gee-Gees Head Coach James Derouin has added a very interesting and promising young coach to his staff in former Western Mustang player and Loyalist College coach Ryan Barbeau. Barbeau, a native of Belleville, has spent the past 3 seasons as Head Coach for OCAA’s Lancers in his hometown. Derouin and Barbeau built a strong coaching relationship over the past few years as Gee-Gees and Lancers ran scrimmages together and their interactions gave Derouin confidence that Barbeau could help his program. Barbeau has strong coaching pedigree; he is a “coach’s son”: Ryan’s father, Jim Barbeau, is a longtime coach at Belleville’s Nicholson Collegiate. In fact, father Jim was behind the bench when son Ryan led Nicholson to back-to-back-to-back OFSAA championships from 2005 to 2007, his final three years of high school. Most long-time OUA/CIS observers will also recall that Barbeau had a solid career at Western as a strong, spunky combo guard culminating in a memorable 46-point performance in a must-win game against Waterloo in his final year at Western, with 40 of his 46 coming in the second half and overtime. Barbeau was an undersized (5’10”) muscular, give-no-quarter guard as a player; expect the same resilient approach he took on the floor to lead to success starting out as an Assistant and down the road as a potential CIS Head Coach in future.