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York University Lions head football coach Warren Craney announced on Monday that Tommy Denison has been hired as the program's new offensive coordinator.

Denison has a proven track record of success in U SPORTS with both the University of Toronto and Saint Mary's University. Known for running a dynamic no-huddle offence, he has produced some impressive turnarounds in a short time.

Last year, while running the offence for the Varsity Blues, he oversaw a unit that improved by 114 yards and 12.5 points per game. The Blues led the country in passing yards and touchdowns and were seventh overall in total yards. Two years earlier, as the associate head coach (offence) in Halifax, his Huskies offence ranked ninth nationally one year after finishing 21st in the country.

Denison's coaching background also includes serving as the head coach of the GTA all-stars in 2016 and that squad's offensive coordinator for four years prior, as well as stints with multiple club teams in Ontario and British Columbia.

"We set out to find someone who could take the talented pieces we have on offence and turn them into a dynamic unit, and we achieved that by bringing Tommy into our Lions family," said Craney. "His track record with previous offences is outstanding and I look forward to seeing our team put up those same eye-popping numbers next season. Our defence has come a long way and now with our offence in his hands, I believe the sky is the limit for what we can accomplish."

As a player, Denison put together an incredible three-year run as the quarterback of the Queen's Gaels that returned the program to prominence. He won back-to-back Hec Crighton Trophies (2002-03) as national player of the year, just the second repeat winner in the history of the award, and in 2002 was the first Canadian university quarterback to pass for more than 3,000 yards in a single season. His best two passing seasons with the Gaels both remain among the U SPORTS top 10.

"It's an honour and a privilege to be joining the coaching staff at York University," said Denison. "I am grateful to Coach Craney for this tremendous opportunity, and can't wait to get to work with the gifted student-athletes. Having played against York last year, I recognize how talented this team is and it is clear to me that we have incredible potential here. I have been extremely impressed by the organizational structure of program and am looking forward to making my contribution to helping the players and team achieve our goals together."

Denison has already started working with the Lions and will make his debut on the sidelines on Sunday, Aug. 30 when the 2020 season begins at Alumni Field against the Guelph Gryphons.

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