Local recruit makes gridiron return with UBC Thunderbirds
Taylor Loffler will be playing in front of the home crowd this fall in the CIS.
Last week, the 6'4", 215 pound defensive back from Kelowna signed with the University of British Columbia (UBC) Thunderbirds. Loffler will join the team for the 2015 CWUAA season.
"The reason that I ended up signing with UBC was the fact that Coach [Blake] Nill is now there instead of Calgary," explained Loffler of his decision. "Before that change, I was interested in playing for the University of Calgary."
"That was the biggest factor in my decision to play for UBC in the fall. Coach Nill has a great ability to win games as well as find the best in all of his players."
Loffler played south of the border for the NCAA Division 1 team, the Boise State Broncos. He played with the team from 2011 up until he took a brief retirement from the sport this past fall.
Previous to the NCAA, Loffler enjoyed tremendous success at the high school level with the Kelowna Owls of the British Columbia High School Football Association (BCHSFA) where he was selected as 'AAA' Player of the Year in 2010.
While the gridiron experience with the Thunderbirds will be remarkably different from the NCAA, Loffler is ready to make an impact which he hopes will translate into future success for his new gridiron team.
"I know that it will be a different level of play coming from Boise State, where the tradition is winning," expressed the Kelowna defensive back, who played safety at Boise State. "That's what makes this opportunity so exciting to me; the fact that the coaching staff has recruited some great players and are trying to turn the program around this season."
"It is very exciting to be a part of a changing tradition!"