A Blackville-Hilda Hawk is now an Edmonton Elk.

Brandon Isaac, who served as Blackville-Hilda High’s head football coach from 2019 to 2021, resigned earlier this year to take a defensive backs coaching position with the Edmonton Elks, which is part of the Canadian Football League.

“This is a big opportunity to continue to grow and develop as a coach. It’s a chance to coach some really phenomenal football talent and really provide for my family,” said Isaac of his new job.

However, he said leaving Blackville-Hilda, which is his alma mater, was bittersweet because his three years there gave him an opportunity to invest in his hometown.

“I loved going back home and being able to work with the community and supporting the kids academically and athletically,” he said.

The student-athletes responded well to Isaac’s coaching, which led to athletic success, he said. This included winning the region title multiple years and beating in-county rival, the Barnwell High Warhorses. The Hawks had a 20-10 record during Isaac’s tenure.

“I’m thankful for the opportunity the district gave me to be part of their lives,” said Isaac of the students. “I thank the community, district, town, fans and everyone who supported me.”

The success on the field helped the Hawk pride soar.

“Hawk pride is so big in Blackville and being able to establish that again was very important,” said Isaac.

He knows the Hawks will continue to be successful under new head coach Kevin Jones, who was an assistant on Isaac’s team.

“I know they want to become the best and I hope they have a tremendous season. It should be a bright future for them,” Isaac said.

Isaac and his family have moved to Canada where he is getting ready for rookie camp after the league held the draft last week. This isn’t his first time with the Canadian Football League. He was a player with various teams from 2010 to 2016 and later was a quality control coach for the Saskatchewan Roughriders from 2017 to 2018.

Though he’s no longer the head coach for the Hawks, Isaac remains a big advocate for his hometown and alma mater.