The Vancouver College football program, which dates its origins to 1929, continues to flourish today with almost 200 young men participating in the program from Grades 8-12. We are the largest program in the province. and we believe we are the largest in Canada. The football season begins in August each year and concludes with the championship in December.
The Irish have been to the Varsity Provincial Championship game on a number of occasions and have come back with the championship trophy five times with the most recent being 2019. Our Head Coach, Todd Bernett, is in his 21st season at the helm of the Irish and at the completion of the 2009 season was already the winningest coach in Irish history.
A significant number of our alumni have gone on from Vancouver College to compete at the university level and over 60 have gone to compete at the professional level. Currently, we have three former Irish players in the CFL: Matthias Goossen (VC '10) Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Adam Konar (VC '11) BC Lions, Rashaun Simonise (VC '13) Montreal Alouttes, and two former Irish players in the NFL - Christian Covington (VC '11) a member of the Los Angeles Chargers, and Rysen John (VC ’16), a member of the New York Giants.
With the exception of 2008 and 2015 every Grey Cup winning team since 1997 has had a Vancouver College graduate on it.