Rams hire winningest coach in league history

Langley junior football club gets new leader as Blokker returns to B.C.

Former VI Raiders coach Matt (Snoop) Blokker has been named the new Langley Rams head coach. Black Press file photo

Former VI Raiders coach Matt (Snoop) Blokker has been named the new Langley Rams head coach. Black Press file photo

The winningest-coach in BC Football Conference history will guide the Langley Rams in 2018.

Matthew (Snoop) Blokker was named the head coach by the Rams on Tuesday afternoon.

“There is some talent on the roster (but) do we need to improve? Yes we do,” he said by phone from Calgary.

“I don’t think 4-6 sits well with anyone in Langley, so we are going to come in here, work hard and change that record.”

Blokker coached both the Victoria Rebels and then the Vancouver Island Raiders.

Under his guidance, the Raiders won seven BCFC championships in eight seasons and three national championships in that span.

He left the BCFC for the Prairie Football Conference’s Calgary Colts for the 2014 season and resigned last month.

Blokker replaces Jeff Alamolhoda, who was named the Rams interim head coach in September.

It was Alamolhoda’s Rams who ended Blokker’s run of six straight BCFC titles in 2012.

Langley Rams president Dana Matheson said he reached out to Blokker about the team’s impending vacancy.

“We had connected fairly recently knowing that we had a vacancy to fill at the end of the season and that he was available,” Matheson said.

Blokker is from B.C. and was looking to return.

He signed a three-year contract with the Rams and will have full control of football operations, according to Matheson.

That will include having a say in who the team names as their general manager as well as naming his own coaching staff.

“He will have free reign on who he will retain and who he will be bringing in. It will be completely up to him,” Matheson said.

Blokker did say he would meet with anyone on the Rams coaching staff who is interested in staying on under him.

Having watched some film on his new team, the coach said there is talent on the Langley roster.

“(But) at the end of the day, when you are 4-6, you have to create competition everywhere and try and get better,” he said.

“My style of team is one that is going to fight and compete every down. We are not going to use any excuses.”

Matheson said the goal is clear: a national championship.

“We are not looking just to play for a first round playoff exit or even a Cullen Cup (league championship) — we have won those before,” he said. “We want to win a national championship and anything short of that is a disappointment.”


sports@langleytimes.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Langley Rams

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

Rams hire winningest coach in league history

Rams hire winningest coach in league history

Just Posted

Commercial trucks head south towards the Pacific Highway border crossing Wednesday (April 14, 2021). The union representing Canadian border officers wants its members to be included on the frontline priority list for the COVID-19 vaccine. (Aaron Hinks photo)
CBSA officers’ union calls for vaccine priority in B.C.

Border officers at ports including South Surrey’s Pacific Highway should ‘not be left behind’

Elmer Patzer, who turned 90 this week, celebrated a distanced birthday with a parade at his home. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
Langley senior celebrates distanced birthday with car parade, mascot

At 90, Elmer Patzer just had his second pandemic birthday

Ribfest 2019. (Aldergrove Star files)
Plans for Langley RibFest shelved for second year in row due to COVID-concerns

50/50 Rotary Lottery to continue for second year, potentially worth $250,000, set for Aug. 19

Bat Packs are the newest addition to the FVRL Playground, and have everything you need to learn more about bats, and track them in your neighbourhood. (FVRL image)
Bat Packs at Fraser Valley libraries come with echometer to track bats

Packs are the newest part of the FVRL Playground inventory

Walnut Grove Secondary Student Anna Pyper’s artwork is a self portrait that focuses on the effects of the pandemic on pizza boxes with their most missed memory of before COVID painted on the inside. (Special to The Star)
Langley students tackle masks and pre-COVID memories with pizza box art project

West Fine Art Show showcasing art class photography, paintings and sculptures until April 30

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates B.C.’s COVID-19 situation at the B.C. legislature, Feb. 1, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 case count jumps to 1,168 Wednesday, nearly 400 in hospital

Now 120 coronavirus patients in intensive care, six more deaths

Moss covered branches are seen in the Avatar Old Growth Forest near Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island, B.C. Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. blockades aimed at protecting old-growth forests reveal First Nation split

Two Pacheedaht chiefs say they’re ‘concerned about the increasing polarization over forestry activities’ in the territory

Everett Cummings in a tribute video posted to dignitymemorial.com.
Mechanic’s death at Fraser Surrey Docks leads to $200K fine for company, union says

Photos of rally outside Surrey court posted on ILWU’s ‘Kill A Worker Go To Jail’ Facebook page

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Richmond RCMP Chief Superintendent Will Ng said, in March, the force received a stand-out number of seven reports of incidents that appeared to have “racial undertones.” (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)
‘Racially motivated’ incidents on the rise in B.C’s 4th largest city: police

Three incidents in Richmond are currently being invested as hate crimes, says RCMP Chief Superintendent Will Ng

A still from the video taken of a violent arrest on May 30, 2020 in downtown Kelowna. (File)
Kelowna Mountie charged with assault for caught-on-camera violent arrest

Const. Siggy Pietrzak was filmed punching a suspected impaired driver at least 10 times during an arrest

A screenshot from a Nuu-chah-nulth healing song and performance created in collaboration between Hjalmer Wenstob and Timmy Masso. (Screenshot from YouTube)
WATCH: Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation brothers produce COVID-19 healing song

Hjalmer Wenstob and Timmy Masso share dance and inspiration.

Health Canada headquarters in Ottawa. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)
Health Canada releases guidelines for reducing COVID-19 transmission at home

Improve indoor air quality by opening up your windows and doors, among the encouraged ventilation measures

Most Read