Guelph Gryphons

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Guelph Gryphons
Guelph Gryphons athletic logo
University University of Guelph
Association Canadian Interuniversity Sport
Conference Ontario University Athletics
Athletics director Tom Kendall
Location Guelph, Ontario
Varsity teams 23
Football stadium Alumni Stadium
Arena Gryphon Centre
Mascot Gryphon
Nickname Gryphs
Colours Red, and gold and black

                     

Website Guelph Gryphons

The Guelph Gryphons are the athletic teams that represent the University of Guelph in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. The university's varsity teams compete in the Ontario University Athletics conference of the Canadian Interuniversity Sport and, where applicable, in the west division. The university teams are often referred to as the Gryphs, which is short for the schools mascot, the gryphon.

Varsity teams[edit]

Men's Gryphons goalie during 2012-13 hockey season.

Guelph Gryphons teams compete in:

Baseball[edit]

Established in 1998, the baseball team is not one of the school's most well known programs.[1] Although the team does produce a varsity team, it does not receive the same recognition as the football, or even basketball teams. Much like football, the team has an early season starting from the first week of September for a month straight until October. Since it is a short schedule of 21 games and only one month for play, the league often schedules two games per day. University baseball in the OUA is growing and currently eight universities compete, four of which qualify for the playoffs and championship.[2] However, unlike many varsity sports the baseball team does not compete in the CIS. The team does, however, try to compete in the CIBA (Canadian Intercollegiate Baseball Association). In 2012, the Gryphons baseball team established a new team wins record by obtaining 14 wins in regular season play.[3] The Gryphons finished second in the OUA standings and it meant that the team would advance to the OUA playoffs for the first time since 2004.[4] In the playoffs, the Gryphons started strong by defeating Western before dropping the next to Toronto in a nail biter for a chance at a place in the final. The team would lose the semi final to Brock to close out the season in third place.[5]

Men's basketball[edit]

Established in early 1979, the team competes in the OUA West division along with the university's longtime rival, the University of Western Ontario.[6] The team plays its games from October to February of the following year. Generally, the team is hand-picked by scouts from various high schools trying to fill a 16-man roster. However, tryouts may be held at the beginning of the school year for the last spot on the team. Pre-season practices, workouts, and tryouts often happen prior to the start of the season, which is held in late October. During the off-season, the team competes in various exhibition games and tournaments against college teams in Ontario, and sometimes teams from the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Women's basketball[edit]

The women’s basketball team was established in 1979 and competes in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) west division.[7] The team’s season runs from September to February, playing over thirty games within this period. Fourteen out of thirty matches are recorded by the OUA.

Field hockey[edit]

The women’s field hockey team was established in 1979.[8] There are nine teams that compete in this sport and only one division exists. The team plays from September to November. 25 games are played within this time, and only fourteen of these games are officially recorded by the OUA.

Men's ice hockey[edit]

Men's Gryphons action during 2012-13 hockey season.

The men's ice hockey team dates back to the early days of collegiate hockey in North America. The team was originally known as the Ontario Agricultural College hockey team. As the OAC, the team competed as early as the 1899-1900 Ontario Hockey Association Intermediate season and transitioned to the University of Guelph Gryphons while sitting out the 1963-64 season. The Gryphons won the University Cup in 1997, emblematic of Canadian scholastic hockey supremacy. The Gryphons have also won league titles in 1976, 1979, 1980, 1994, and 1997.

Season-by-season results[edit]

Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Season GP W L T OTL GF GA Points Finish Playoffs
1961-62 10 1 5 4 - 37 54 6 3rd QOAA-W DNQ
1962-63 12 5 7 0 - -- -- 10 2nd QOAA-W DNQ
1963-64 Did Not Pariticpate
1964-65 16 1 13 2 - 50 104 4 9th QOAA DNQ
1965-66 16 2 13 1 - 43 92 5 9th QOAA DNQ
1966-67 16 2 13 1 - 51 115 5 9th QOAA DNQ
1967-68 16 3 12 1 - 45 87 7 7th QOAA DNQ
1968-69 15 1 13 1 - 47 109 3 6th QOAA-W DNQ
1969-70 15 5 7 3 - 54 62 13 4th QOAA-W DNQ
1970-71 15 5 8 2 - 52 54 12 3rd QOAA-W
1971-72 19 11 7 1 - 79 68 23 2nd OUAA-W Lost Semi-final
1972-73 17 9 6 2 - 105 78 20 3rd OUAA-W DNQ
1973-74 18 10 6 2 - 117 82 22 3rd OUAA-W Lost Quarter-final
1974-75 17 7 8 2 - 97 80 16 5th OUAA-W DNQ
1975-76 20 14 6 0 - 126 99 28 2nd OUAA-W Won League, Lost CIAU Final
1976-77 20 9 7 4 - 89 90 22 2nd OUAA-W Lost Semi-final
1977-78 20 3 15 2 - 69 128 8 5th OUAA-W DNQ
1978-79 16 10 3 3 - 82 65 23 1st OUAA-W Won League, Lost CIAU SF
1979-80 22 13 6 3 - 147 91 29 5th OUAA Won League, Lost CIAU SF
1980-81 22 13 6 3 - 98 68 29 4th OUAA
1981-82 22 14 6 2 - 134 79 30 2nd OUAA
1982-83 24 11 11 2 - 130 110 24 7th OUAA
1983-84 24 14 10 0 - 131 112 28 4th OUAA
1984-85 24 13 8 3 - 130 111 29 6th OUAA Lost Quarter-final
1985-86 24 9 13 2 - 110 128 20 8th OUAA DNQ
1986-87 24 8 14 2 - 92 137 18 8th OUAA Lost Quarter-final
1987-88 26 6 18 2 - 100 158 14 6th OUAA-C DNQ
1988-89 26 7 15 4 - 102 142 18 6th OUAA-C DNQ
1989-90 22 10 12 0 - 102 100 20 5th OUAA-W Lost Quarter-final
1990-91 22 11 10 1 - 97 90 23 5th OUAA-W Lost Quarter-final
1991-92 22 15 7 0 - 142 94 30 3rd OUAA-W Lost Semi-final
1992-93 22 16 5 1 - 131 74 33 1st OUAA-W Lost Final, Lost CIAU SF
1993-94 26 15 10 1 - 120 99 31 1st OUAA-ME Won League, Lost CIAU Final
1994-95 26 16 7 3 - 122 79 35 1st OUAA-ME Lost Final, Lost CIAU Final
1995-96 26 16 10 0 - 103 93 32 1st OUAA-ME
1996-97 26 21 4 1 - 133 63 43 1st OUAA-ME Won League, Won CIAU
1997-98 26 17 5 4 - 138 70 38 1st OUA-ME
1998-99 26 11 10 5 - 94 80 27 1st OUA-ME
1999-00 26 10 12 4 - 76 86 24 1st OUA-ME Lost Division Final
2000-01 24 11 11 2 - 85 100 24 3rd OUA-MW Lost Division Final
2001-02 24 11 12 1 - 79 78 23 2nd OUA-MW Lost Quarter-final
2002-03 24 6 17 1 - 82 116 13 4th OUA-MW DNQ
2003-04 24 8 12 2 2 78 116 20 4th OUA-MW DNQ
2004-05 24 8 11 4 1 73 98 21 3rd OUA-MW Lost Conf. Quarter-final
2005-06 24 7 14 3 0 83 107 17 4th OUA-MW DNQ
2006-07 28 7 14 3 4 85 122 21 4th OUA-MW DNQ
2007-08 28 12 13 - 3 82 91 27 3rd OUA-MW DNQ
2008-09 28 14 12 - 2 88 95 30 2nd OUA-MW Lost Conf. Quarter-final
2009-10 28 14 12 - 2 88 95 30 5th OUA-W Lost Conf. Semi-final
2010-11 28 15 10 - 3 93 85 33 4th OUA-W Lost Conf. Final
2011-12 28 9 14 - 5 89 100 23 7th OUA-W Lost Conf. Quarter-final
2012-13 28 17 9 - 2 93 76 36 4th OUA-W

Notable alumni[edit]

Women's ice hockey[edit]

The women’s ice hockey team was established in 1979.[10] There are currently 11 teams that compete in the OUA and thus only one division exists. The team plays from September to February. 26 OUA games are played within this time, with several exhibition games played before and sometimes during the regular season.

Football[edit]

Guelph Gryphons
Template:TeamName logo
First season 1950
Athletic director Tom Kendall
Head coach Stu Lang
3rd year, 13–11–0  (.542)
Other staff Kevin MacNeill (DC)
Todd Galloway (OC)
Home stadium Alumni Stadium (Guelph)
Stadium capacity 4,100
Stadium surface Field Turf
Location Guelph, Ontario
League CIS
Conference OUA (1980 - present)
Past associations OIFC (1957-1966)
CCIFC (1967-1970)
OUAA (1971-1973)
OQIFC (1974-1979)
All-time record – 
Postseason record
Vanier Cups 1
1984
Churchill Bowl Championships 1
1984
Yates Cups 3
1984, 1992, 1996
Hec Crighton winners 0
Current uniform
CIS Guelph Jersey.png
Colours Red and Black and Gold

                     

Outfitter Russell
Rivals Western Mustangs
Waterloo Warriors
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks
Website gryphons.ca

The Guelph Gryphons football team has been in competition since 1950 and is considered to be the biggest sport at the university.[11] The football team has an eight-week schedule which starts in early September to the last week of October, Followed by the OUA playoffs which run within the first three weeks of November. Unlike other sports, there are only ten schools which compete in OUA football, so there is only one division. The team usually has 60 to 80 varsity athletes however, not all will have the opportunity to play for the team. The recruitment process is very similar to other major sports at the University of Guelph. Players are generally hand-picked by coaches and scouts while they play for their respective high school teams.

The football team has won one Vanier Cup national championship in 1984, which is also their only appearance in the title game. The Gryphons are the only team with a perfect record in the Vanier Cup. The team has also won three Yates Cup conference championships, in 1984, 1992 and 1996. The team can trace their roots back to 1950 when the team played in the Intercollegiate Intermediate Football Union.[11] Through numerous league evolutions, the Gryphons landed in the Ontario University Athletics in 1980 as a founding member and continue to play there to this day.[12] Their current head coach is Stu Lang, who is in his second year with the team after former head coach Kyle Walters joined the Canadian Football League's Winnipeg Blue Bombers as their special teams coach.[13]

The program has remained largely in the middle of the standings for the past eight years as the team has been at or within one game of .500 for six of those years. Recently, the team saw its best success in 2007 when they won their first two playoff games before losing the Yates Cup to the Western Ontario Mustangs. Despite making the playoffs eight times in the past 11 years, the 2007 season was the only one in which Guelph won any of their post-season games.

The Football program received a boost of energy during the winter of 2009 with the new hire of Stu Lang as head football coach.

Recent regular season results[edit]

Season Games Won Lost OL Pct % PF PA Standing
2001 8 3 5 0 0.375 164 237 7th in OUA
2002 8 2 6 0 0.250 102 237 8th in OUA
2003 8 2 6 0 0.250 161 285 9th in OUA
2004 8 4 4 0 0.500 169 238 5th in OUA
2005 8 3 5 1 0.375 208 242 6th in OUA
2006 8 2 6 - 0.250 206 217 8th in OUA
2007 8 4 4 - 0.500 278 124 5th in OUA
2008 8 4 4 - 0.500 255 173 4th in OUA
2009 8 3 5 - 0.375 310 253 6th in OUA
2010 8 4 4 - 0.500 159 192 5th in OUA
2011 8 2 6 - 0.250 209 197 8th in OUA
2012 8 7 1 - 0.875 251 209 2nd in OUA
2013 8 7 1 - 0.875 252 139 2nd in OUA

[14][15]

Recent playoff results[edit]

  • 2001 Lost to Ottawa Gee-Gees in OUA quarter-finals 38-15
  • 2002 Lost to McMaster Marauders in OUA quarter-finals 71-11
  • 2003 Missed Playoffs
  • 2004 Lost to Ottawa Gee-Gees in OUA quarter-finals 33-9
  • 2005 Lost to Ottawa Gee-Gees in OUA quarter-finals 35-21
  • 2006 Missed Playoffs
  • 2007 Defeated McMaster Marauders in OUA quarter-finals 25-21
    Defeated Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks in OUA semi-finals 38-31
    Lost to Western Ontario Mustangs in Yates Cup 34-21
  • 2008 Lost to Ottawa Gee-Gees in OUA quarter-finals 42-37
  • 2009 Lost to Western Ontario Mustangs in OUA quarter-finals 37-18
  • 2010 Lost to Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks in OUA quarter-finals 42-10
  • 2011 Missed Playoffs
  • 2012 Defeated Queen's Golden Gaels in OUA semi-finals 42-39
    Lost to McMaster Marauders in Yates Cup 30-13
  • 2013 Lost to Queen's Golden Gaels in OUA semi-finals 34-17

Guelph Gryphons in the CFL[edit]

As of the start of the 2013 CFL season, three former Gryphons players are on CFL teams' rosters:

Men's lacrosse[edit]

The University of Guelph's men's lacrosse team participates in the Canadian University Field Lacrosse Association (CUFLA). They have won the championship, known as the Baggataway Cup, four times - in 1995, 2000, 2008 and 2013.[16][17]

Women's lacrosse[edit]

In 1997, the University of Guelph put together their first women's lacrosse team.[18] The lacrosse team competes from September to November. Within this time the team plays fifteen games, with only twelve of these recorded by the OUA.

Women's rugby[edit]

The women's rugby team formed in 1994.[19] The team competes in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) Shiels division. The team’s season spans from September to November. The team plays twelve games each season, but only five are recorded in the OUA standings. The Gryphons women’s rugby team finished the 2008-2009 year with a perfect 5-0 record. The Guelph Gryphons have been working towards a National Gold metal for the past four years earning Bronze at the CIS championships between 2007-2010. Finally finishing their 2011-2012 season with Gold, they returned from the national University 7's tournament in BC receiving their second Gold for the 2011-2012 season.

Men's soccer[edit]

The men’s soccer team started in 1979.[20] The current team consists of a total of 23 players, one coach, four assistants, two trainers, one manager, and one sports informer. The season has 14 games from September to October, with the post-season lasting through November.[21] The OUA has 17 participating schools around Ontario. In 1990, the Gryphons won their first OUAA title defeating the Toronto Varsity Blues 1–0 in the championship game at Alumni Stadium.[22] After defeating Mount Allison in the CIAU Semis, the Gryphons met the defending champion, UBC Thunderbirds, in the CIAU final but dropped a 2–1 decision before a record crowd at home.

Men's volleyball[edit]

The men’s volleyball team at the University of Guelph had its first year of in the OUA in 1979.[23] The 2010 team consists of 18 men from all around Canada, one coach, four assistants, one trainer, and one sports informer.[21] The team’s season consists of 20 games and runs from October to February while playoffs last until the end of February. The OUA currently contains 11 competing teams from universities all over Ontario.[22] Some highlights throughout the years has been in 2003–2004 where the Gryphons finished with a 13–5 record for 2nd place and were ranked as high as 8th in the CIS. This marked their best finish since 1982–83 when Guelph finished second in the OUA West Division. The Gryphs won their semi-final series against Western in two straight matches but later lost to the Toronto Varsity Blues.

Women's volleyball[edit]

The women's volleyball team was established in 1979 at the University of Guelph.[24] They compete in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) West Division. The team’s season runs from September to February, including approximately eight tournaments and twenty matches.

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