Randy Rybansky (1961 – )

Sport: Football
Position: Running Back
Year of Induction: 2011

About

While growing up in Chatham and attending John McGregor Secondary School, Randy was an outstanding, all-round athlete. He competed in track and field, volleyball, minor hockey, but he excelled particularly in football and basketball. In 4 years of senior Panther football Randy was on undefeated teams as he developed into a very powerful running back and played an increasingly prominent role in helping to win 4 county and 4 SWOSSA Championships. He went on to star for the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks football team and to play 3 seasons in the Canadian Football League including 1 Grey Cup Game.

Career Highlights

John McGregor Secondary School 1975 – 1980

1976 – 1977

  • Basketball – only year of junior – starred on Kent Championship team, was first team all-star and team Most Valuable Player
  • Football – played on first Kent and SWOSSA championship team – was chosen Most Improved Athlete at McGregor

1977-1978

  • Basketball – as first year senior, was on Kent and SWOSSA “AAA” championship team
  • Football – lead team to second Kent and SWOSSA Championship, was first team all-star
    1978-79
  • Basketball – second team all-star
  • Football – lead team to third Kent and SWOSSA Championship, was first team all-star, and Offensive Player of the Year

1979-80

  • Basketball – first team all-star
  • Football – lead team to fourth consecutive Kent and SWOSSA Championship – was first team all-star – never lost a football game in 4 years of senior play

Wilfrid Laurier University  1980-1984

  • 3 time Player of the Game (Sept. 16/83, Oct. 29/83, and Sept. 15/84)
  • OUAA & CIAU Player of the Week (Sept.16/83) as he carried the ball 23 times for 156 yards and scored 3 touchdowns against McMaster
  • 1983 – was team Most Valuable Player
  • 1984 – was OUAA All-star

Canadian Football League  1984-1986

  • 1984 tried out for Ottawa Rough Riders, returned to school
  • 1985 played for Toronto Argonauts and Hamilton Tiger-Cats who were Eastern Division Champions and Grey Cup Finalists losing to British Columbia Lions
  • 1986 – played for Hamilton Tiger-Cats

Randy presently lives in Chatham with his wife, Stacy, and their two children, Zakary and Cameryn. He teaches and coaches football at The Pines.

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