Coach Snoop sets wins record

The V.I. Raiders’ Matthew (Snoop) Blokker earned his 84th career coaching victory a new B.C. Football Conference record.

Matthew (Snoop) Blokker

Matthew (Snoop) Blokker

The B.C. Football Conference has a new all-time winningest coach, and most of his wins came at Caledonia Park in Nanaimo.

The V.I. Raiders’ Matthew (Snoop) Blokker earned his 84th career coaching victory on Saturday in the Interior, 37-27 versus the Kamloops Broncos.

It improved Blokker’s regular-season record to 84-13-2.

“Normally when you get one of those kinds of records, it just means that you’ve outlasted everybody…” Blokker said. “It makes me really proud, to be able to do it in less than 100 games. We got on such a run as a program.”

Blokker won one B.C. championship with the Victoria Rebels, then won six  provincial titles and three national championships with the Raiders.

After Saturday’s milestone win, Blokker and his staff gathered for a photo that the coach said he plans to get blown up and framed.

“[The record] gets put under my name – I look at that as a coaching staff award,” he said. “Most of us have been together for so long and have been together fighting for every single one of those wins … I guess it’s a consistency and a work ethic that we preach and now here’s an opportunity for us coaches to be able to share that.”

The previous record holder was Nick Kawaza of the Surrey Rams and Tri-City Bulldogs.

Blokker said he and his family are proud, but it’s the current season that’s mostly on his mind with his team 3-2 at the bye week.

“I think it’s something down the road you reflect on a little bit more and enjoy a little bit more,” he said.

GAME ON … Next action for the V.I. Raiders will be Sept. 7, when they host the first-placed Okanagan Sun in a 2 p.m. kickoff at Caledonia Park.

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