Former Ravens football player hired as manager of football operations

Former Ravens footballer Thomas Timlin has been hired as manager of football operations. He played for Carleton from 1981 to 1985, and has extensive project management experience from working around the globe with Nortel. (James Park Photo)

Step by step, Carleton University football is preparing to hit the field in 2013 after a 15-year hiatus.

Carleton Football Inc. hired former Ravens football player Thomas Timlin as manager of football operations in September, following the announcement of the Ravens football revival. Timlin, who played for Carleton from 1981 to 1985, has extensive project management experience from working around the globe with Nortel.

“Thomas is one of our most decorated football alumni,” says Jennifer Brenning, director of Recreation and Athletics. “He brings a passion for the success of the program and over 20 years of project management experience.”

Timlin’s duties include reporting to the football operations committee, as well as overseeing a number of subcommittees.

“I’m the only one on staff who is full-time football so I have to have my hands in everything,” says Timlin.

He has already set up a communications plan, with a press event scheduled for every month until kick off. However, Timlin says the biggest announcement will be made in the coming months once a head coach is hired. The top coaching position was posted on Oct. 17 and interviews will begin after the Vanier Cup, with an announcement in January 2012.

“We need someone that has a vision of building a brand new program,” says Timlin of the prospective head coach. “We need stability and … someone connected to the community.”

On the infrastructure side, the team will require locker rooms, coaches’ offices, a training room, storage and a new press box. Facility construction will begin in June 2012 and is expected to be completed by July 2013.

While facilities planning and the search for a head coach gear up, player recruitment is already in full swing. Timlin, former coach of the Ottawa East U18 football team, plans to use his community connections to reach out to prospective players.

“It’s about connecting with coaches in the high schools and community programs … so all prospective players in the community know Carleton is an option,” says Timlin.

With the team’s debut less than two years away, Timlin believes team building is the key to success.

“We want students to compete on the field and in the classroom – that’s the only way to build a team.”

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