Simon Fraser Clan
|Simon Fraser Clan
(Formerly "Simon Fraser Clansmen")
|University||Simon Fraser University|
|Athletic director||Dr. Milton Richards|
|Football stadium||Swangard Stadium|
|Basketball arena||West Gymnasium|
|Softball stadium||Beedie Field|
|Soccer stadium||Terry Fox Field|
|Lacrosse stadium||Terry Fox Field|
|Mascot||McFogg the Dog|
|Nickname||Clan (Formerly "Clansmen")|
The Simon Fraser Clan are the athletic teams that represent Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada. SFU's teams formerly played in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics of the United States for all sports. In 1997, Simon Fraser sought to join the NCAA of the United States as a Division II school, but was turned down. After this, SFU decided in 2000–01 to partially transfer to Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Before the transfer, SFU did not compete in Canadian football, instead playing American football.
On July 10, 2009 the NCAA approved SFU's bid to join NCAA Division II starting in 2011–12, where SFU intended to compete in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. However, Canada West, the CIS association the SFU teams were scheduled to play in, issued a probation on all SFU teams for the 2010–11 season, leading to speculation that Clan teams would not have conference to play in. The GNAC admitted SFU one year earlier than planned as a full conference member in time for the 2010–11 season.
SFU currently has 17 varsity programs competing in the following sports (affiliations included):
- Basketball, men and women (NCAA D2);
- Cross-country, men and women (NCAA D2);
- Football, men (NCAA D2);
- Golf, men and women (NCAA D2);
- Soccer, men and women (NCAA D2);
- Softball, women (NCAA D2);
- Swimming, men and women (NCAA D2);
- Track and field, men and women (NCAA D2);
- Volleyball, women (NCAA D2);
- Wrestling, men (NCAA D2) and women (Women's College Wrestling Association);
SFU is the only school to have finished in the top five of the NAIA division of the NACDA Director's Cup, an award given to the top overall college sports program in the United States, in each year since the award was first given to NAIA schools in 1996. The Clan won the NAIA Cup consecutively from 1997 through 2001, and again in 2004. The last win was especially impressive because it occurred after SFU partially transferred to CIS.
Oddly, the SFU Clan holds the NAIA record for most All-Americans and U.S. National Champions (individual).
|Simon Fraser Clan|
|Athletic director||Dr. Milton Richards|
|Head coach||Kelly Bates
1 year, 0–0–0 (–)
|Home stadium||Swangard Stadium|
|Stadium surface||Natural grass|
|Postseason bowl record||0–1 (.000)|
|Claimed national titles||0|
|Conference titles||1 (2003)|
Red and Blue
|Mascot||McFogg the Dog|
The Simon Fraser Clan football team has been competing continuously since the athletic department's inception in 1965. The Clan played by American rules while they competed in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics from 1965 to 2001 against other American teams. Along with other SFU teams, the football program transferred to the Canadian Interuniversity Sport and thereby switched to playing Canadian football against Canadian University teams in 2002. While playing in the CIS, SFU won their first and only Hardy Trophy conference championship in 2003 while qualifying for the playoffs twice. After playing eight seasons in the Canada West Conference of the CIS, the Clan football team began competing in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in the NCAA's Division II in 2010.
The team also maintains a cross-town rivalry with the Vancouver-based University of British Columbia Thunderbirds as they are also the only two universities in British Columbia that field football teams. Since 1967, the two teams have competed in the Shrum Bowl, an annual game played at alternating venues with alternating rules. SFU holds a 17-15-1 series lead while also being the most recent champion having won the 2010 game at Thunderbird Stadium. Due to the two schools playing in two different leagues, the scheduling of these games has often been difficult, with no game being played in 2011, the 12th time the game hadn't been played since the game's inception.
|National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) (1965–2001)|
|Canada West (CIS) (2002–2009)|
|2003||Chris Beaton||5–3||2nd||W Canada West semi-final
W Hardy Trophy
L Uteck Bowl
|2008||Dave Johnson||5–3||4th||W Canada West semi-final
L Hardy Trophy
|2009||Dave Johnson||1–6 (*)||7th||7||NR|
|Great Northwest (NCAA Division II) (2010–present)|
|2010||Dave Johnson||1–9 (0–9 NCAA)||0–8||5th||NR||NR|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
|#Highest rank during the course of the season (NR=not ranked).
°Final rank. Since 2000, the final rankings were released following the playoffs.
(*) In 2009, two victories were nullified because CWUAA accused SFU for having ineligible players in both games. However, SFU argued that they followed CWUAA's guidelines perfectly and that the player was eligible at the time of the accusation. The Manitoba Bisons also used an ineligible player in a Simon Fraser win, so the game was declared "no contest."
CIS playoff results
- 2002 Out of Playoffs
- 2003 Defeated Regina Rams in semi-final 53-46
Defeated Alberta Golden Bears in Hardy Cup 28-18
Lost to Saint Mary's Huskies in Uteck Bowl 60-9
- 2004 Out of Playoffs
- 2005 Out of Playoffs
- 2006 Out of Playoffs
- 2007 Out of Playoffs
- 2008 Defeated Saskatchewan Huskies in semi-final 40-30
Lost to Calgary Dinos in Hardy Cup 44-21
- 2009 Out of Playoffs
Simon Fraser in the CFL
Simon Fraser University holds the record for the most players selected in the Canadian Football League Draft since 1965, when the athletics program first began. Moreover, SFU holds the record for most first round selections with 33 and most first overall selections with five.
As of the start of the 2014 CFL season, 11 former Clan players are on CFL teams' rosters:
- Adam Berger, Calgary Stampeders
- Justin Capicciotti, Ottawa Redblacks
- Casey Chin, BC Lions
- Brad Erdos, Calgary Stampeders
- Matthias Goossen, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
- Derek Jones, Winnipeg Blue Bombers
- Andrew Marshall, Ottawa RedBlacks
- Kyle Miller, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
- Keynan Parker, BC Lions
- Dean Valli, BC Lions
- Spencer Watt, Toronto Argonauts
Simon Fraser in the NFL
Former Clan wide receiver Victor Marshall was invited to the Seattle Seahawks rookie camp in May 2013 and earned a contract on May 13 to take part in Organized Team Activities and training camp as a tight end. On July 30, 2013 the Seahawks released Marshall during training camp.
- 2010 CIS National Champions;
- 2009 CIS National Champions;
- 2007 CIS National Champions;
- 2005 CIS National Champions;
- 2002 CIS National Champions.
Team championships and other highlights:
- 2013 GNAC Champion, NCAA Division II Final Four appearance ;
- 2012 GNAC Champion, NCAA Division II Final Four appearance (first non-US school to ever do so);
- 2011 GNAC Champion; Ranked #1 in the NSCAA Coaches' Poll;
- 2010 GNAC Champion; NAIA Final Four appearance;
- 2007 NAIA Final Four appearance;
- 2005 NAIA Region I Finals;
- 2004 NAIA Region I Semi-finals;
- 2003 NAIA Region I Champion;
- 2002 NAIA Region I Champion;
- 1987 NAIA National Finalists;
- 1986 NAIA National Finalists;
- 1983 NAIA National Champions;
- 1982 NAIA National Champions;
- 1980 NAIA National Finalists;
- 1976 NAIA National Champions;
- 1975 NAIA National Finalists;
- 2000 NAIA National Champions;
- 1996 NAIA National Champions;
- 2010 NAIA National Champions;
- 2005 NAIA National Champions;
- 2003 NAIA National Champions;
- 1999 NAIA National Champions;
SFU currently has 3 competitive club programmes competing in intercollegiate sport leagues of the following sports (affiliations included):
- Ice Hockey, men (BCIHL);
- Field Lacrosse, men (MCLA D1);
- Cheerleading (Power Cheerleading Athletics Collegiate Nationals).
Beside the 3 afore-mentioned competitive clubs, SFU also has 17 other sport clubs competing in other leagues.
Clan TV is an online streaming broadcast of most home games for Football, Basketball, and Softball. Over the years the format has changed but it is the main broadcast for Clan fans, and athletes families out of town.
- Vancouver Province: UBC expects visit by NCAA 8 November 2005
- Simon Fraser University to join NCAA next year[dead link]
- The complete list of teams is available in the drop menus on the Department of Athletics' Home Page.
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- "SFU Clan football Year by Year Record". Retrieved 2012-12-14.
- 2011 Canadian Draft Guide
- Sport Club Directory, Department of Recreation, Simon Fraser University
- "Simon Fraser Clan". Retrieved 2012-12-14.