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Gryphon football team parts ways with head coach

Offensive coordinator Todd Galloway takes over as interim head coach
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Kevin MacNeill addresses the team during training camp last year. GuelphToday file photo

The Guelph Gryphons have parted ways with head football coach Kevin MacNeill.

A University of Guelph news item said that MacNeill is “leaving to pursue other opportunities.”

The U of G posted the news on its varsity athletics website at 8:45 p.m. Thursday night. No press release was sent to local media.

“Kevin MacNeill is leaving the University of Guelph as head coach of the football program to explore other opportunities,” read the post on the web site.

Offensive coordinator Todd Galloway will take over as interim head coach.

Director of Athletics Scott McRoberts told GuelphToday that there was not really much more to say than what was in the official school statement on their web site.

He could not elaborate on whether MacNeill left, was fired or if it was mutual.

"It's just part of the process and part of sports," McRoberts said. "But I can assure you the team is in very good hands with Todd."

McRoberts said the school would be conducting a full search for a new head coach following the 2018 seasons. Galloway would certainly be considered for that position, he added.

MacNeill, who two weeks ago was running the team's spring camp, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Galloway has been with the team for seven seasons.

In addition to his coaching duties, for the past two seasons he has also been the team’s head of recruitment.

MacNeil was named head coach of the team in Dec. 2016 after serving as interim head coach for one year. In total he spent two seasons running the team, compiling an overall 8-8 regular season record. Prior to being head coach he served as the team’s defensive coordinator for seven seasons.

Before coming to Guelph MacNeill was an assistant coach at Wilfrid Laurier University, where he previously played for the Golden Hawks.