By Dan Kinvig – Abbotsford News Published: September 03, 2011
Dairien Silva, centre, W.J. Mouat Hawks
Analyzing Dairien Silva’s heady play as the fulcrum of the W.J. Mouat Hawks’ offensive line, head coach Denis Kelly points to the senior starter’s volunteer coaching gig with the Abbotsford Falcons.
Silva serves as an assistant coach with the local community football program’s junior bantam squad, and Kelly, the Hawks’ veteran bench boss, believes the experience has served to hasten Silva’s own on-field development.
“It helps his overall approach in terms of what’s involved to become an excellent player,” Kelly asserted. “He approaches the game from a very technical standpoint.”
Silva took on the coaching role with the Falcons JBs for family reasons – his younger brother Lachlan is the team’s quarterback. He concurs with Kelly that it’s been beneficial to him.
“I see the game from two different views,” the 6’2″, 245-pound centre explained. “After coaching, I notice I can read the plays a lot better.”
Silva is also a workout fiend – he’s been in the weight room at least once, often twice, per day since the 2010 season ended. That sweat investment yielded a spot on the provincial under-18 squad, and Silva helped Team B.C. to a bronze medal at the Football Canada Cup in July.
Silva was one of four Hawks on the provincial squad, joining linebacker Jake Heathcote and defensive backs Nathan Henczel and Deion Bain. Those returnees, along with top running back Devin Logan and starting QB Daniel Markin, form the senior core of a Hawks squad that opens the season ranked No. 3 in AAA.
“We’ve got great depth this season,” said Kelly, whose Hawks open on the road against the Mt. Douglas Rams of Victoria on Sept. 9. “We could line up a pretty good second squad at most positions.”