Simon Fraser Clan

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Simon Fraser Clan
(Formerly "Simon Fraser Clansmen")
Logo
University Simon Fraser University
Conference GNAC
Athletic director Dr. Milton Richards
Location Burnaby, BC
Varsity teams 17
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")
Colors
     Red       Blue
Website athletics.sfu.ca

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.[1] 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.[2]

Varsity teams[edit]

SFU currently has 17 varsity programs competing in the following sports (affiliations included):[3]

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).[citation needed]

Football[edit]

Simon Fraser Clan
SFUclanlogo.png
First season 1965
Athletic director Dr. Milton Richards
Head coach Kelly Bates
1 year, 0–0–0 (–)
Home stadium Swangard Stadium
Stadium surface Natural grass
Conference GNAC
Postseason bowl record 0–1 (.000)
Claimed national titles 0
Conference titles 1 (2003)
Current uniform
CIS SFU Jersey 2009.png
Colors

Red and Blue

          
Mascot McFogg the Dog
Website athletics.sfu.ca

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.[4]

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.[5]

Season results[edit]

Year Coach Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Highest# Final°
National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) (1965–2001)
Canada West (CIS) (2002–2009)
2002 Chris Beaton 2–6 6th NR NR
2003 Chris Beaton 5–3 2nd W Canada West semi-final
W Hardy Trophy
L Uteck Bowl
8 8
2004 Chris Beaton 3–5 6th 6 NR
2005 Chris Beaton 0–7–1 7th NR NR
2006 Frank Boehres 0–7–1 7th NR NR
2007 Dave Johnson 0–8 7th NR NR
2008 Dave Johnson 5–3 4th W Canada West semi-final
L Hardy Trophy
7 8
2009 Dave Johnson 1–6 (*) 7th 7 NR
CIS: 16–47–2
Great Northwest (NCAA Division II) (2010–present)
2010 Dave Johnson 1–9 (0–9 NCAA) 0–8 5th NR NR
2011 Dave Johnson 3–7 2–6 4th NR NR
2012 Dave Johnson 5–6 4–6 4th NR NR
2013 Dave Johnson 3–7 3–7 5th NR NR
2014 Jacques Chapdelaine 2–9 2–7 5th NR NR
NCAA: 13–33 11–33
Total:
      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.

[6]

(*) 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[edit]

Simon Fraser in the CFL[edit]

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.[7]

As of the start of the 2014 CFL season, 11 former Clan players are on CFL teams' rosters:

Simon Fraser in the NFL[edit]

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.[8] On July 30, 2013 the Seahawks released Marshall during training camp.[9]

Women's basketball[edit]

Team championships:

  • 2010 CIS National Champions;
  • 2009 CIS National Champions;
  • 2007 CIS National Champions;
  • 2005 CIS National Champions;
  • 2002 CIS National Champions.

Men's soccer[edit]

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;

Women's soccer[edit]

Team championships:

  • 2000 NAIA National Champions;
  • 1996 NAIA National Champions;

Softball[edit]

SFU Clan women's softball players, left to right: Carly Moir, Trisha Bouchard and Stefani Durrant

Team championships:

  • 2010 NAIA National Champions;
  • 2005 NAIA National Champions;
  • 2003 NAIA National Champions;
  • 1999 NAIA National Champions;

Club Teams[edit]

SFU currently has 3 competitive club programmes competing in intercollegiate sport leagues of the following sports (affiliations included):[3]

Beside the 3 afore-mentioned competitive clubs, SFU also has 17 other sport clubs competing in other leagues.[10]

Clan TV[edit]

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.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Vancouver Province: UBC expects visit by NCAA 8 November 2005
  2. ^ Simon Fraser University to join NCAA next year[dead link]
  3. ^ a b The complete list of teams is available in the drop menus on the Department of Athletics' Home Page.
  4. ^ Simon Fraser University (2009-07-10). "SFU first Canadian school in NCAA". Simon Fraser University. Retrieved 2012-01-22. 
  5. ^ Josh Curran (2011-08-30). "Shrum Bowl called off for 2011 season". The Ubyssey. Retrieved 2012-01-22. 
  6. ^ "SFU Clan football Year by Year Record". Retrieved 2012-12-14. 
  7. ^ 2011 Canadian Draft Guide
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ http://www.seahawks.com/news/press/article-1/Seahawks-Make-Roster-Moves/f2ebc6eb-9913-4c48-81bd-8887a45487f7
  10. ^ Sport Club Directory, Department of Recreation, Simon Fraser University
  11. ^ "Simon Fraser Clan". Retrieved 2012-12-14. 

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