Western Ontario Mustangs

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Western Ontario Mustangs
University University of Western Ontario
Association Canadian Interuniversity Sport
Conference Ontario University Athletics
Athletic director Therese Quigley
Location London, Ontario, Canada
Varsity teams badminton, baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, curling, fencing, field hockey, figure skating, football, formula racing, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, rowing, rugby union, soccer, softball, squash, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo, cheerleading and wrestling.
Football stadium TD Waterhouse Stadium
Arena Thompson Arena
Other arenas Alumni Hall
Mascot J.W.
Nickname Mustangs
Fight song Mustangs Spirit
     Purple       Silver
Website www.westernmustangs.ca

The Western Ontario Mustangs (or more often the Western Mustangs) are the athletic teams that represent the University of Western Ontario in London, 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.

Many Western Ontario varsity programs lead Canadian universities in the number of championships won. The women's volleyball team has won 10 provincial championships, the rowing team has won 23 provincial championships, the basketball teams have won 24 provincial championships and the football team has won 30 provincial championships. Additionally, the cheerleading team has won the national championship 24 times, including 22 straight, and the football team has won six Vanier Cup national championships, both of which are the most total in the country.[1] They also have one of the largest university marching bands in Canada.

Varsity Teams[edit]

Mustangs men's team in 2012 playoffs vs. Windsor Lancers.
Mustangs goalie in 2011-12 season.

The University of Western Ontario's Athletics program currently supports 22 varsity programs.[2] Western Ontario Mustangs teams compete in:

The Western Mustang Athletics bus displaying the logo


Western Ontario Mustangs
Western Ontario Mustangs logo
First season 1929
Athletic director Therese Quigley
Head coach Greg Marshall
6th year, 36–12  (.750)
Other staff Paul Gleason (DC)
Home stadium TD Waterhouse Stadium
Year built 2000
Stadium capacity 8000
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location London, Ontario
League CIS
Conference OUA (1980-present)
Past associations CIRFU (1929-1970)
OUAA (1971-1973)
OQIFC (1974-1979)
All-time record – 
Postseason record
Vanier Cups 6
1971, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1989,
Churchill Bowl Championships 7
1959, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1979,
1982, 1994
Atlantic Bowl Championships 5
1971, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1995
Canadian Bowl Championships 1
Yates Cups 30
1931, 1939, 1946, 1947, 1949,
1950, 1952, 1953, 1957, 1959,
1971, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1979,
1980, 1981, 1982, 1985, 1986,
1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1995,
1998, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013
Hec Crighton winners 6
Jamie Bone, Greg Marshall, Blake Marshall, Tim Tindale (2), Andy Fantuz
Current uniform
CIS Western Jersey.png
Colours Purple and Silver and White


Fight song Mustangs Spirit
Mascot J.W.
Outfitter Under Armour
Website westernmustangs.ca

The Western Ontario Mustangs football team is one of the most decorated in Canadian history. It plays out of the TD Waterhouse Stadium, built in 2000, which can seat up to 8000 spectators.[3] The team has appeared in the most Vanier Cup national championships out of all Canadian Universities, having made it to the title game 12 times, most recently in 2008.[4] The program has gone on to win the Cup six of those times, a feat only recently matched in 2010 by the Laval Rouge et Or. The Mustangs have also won the Yates Cup conference championship 29 times in team history; more than any other Canadian University. Former Head Coach Larry Haylor led the team from 1984 until his retirement in 2006, and currently holds the Canadian Interuniversity Sport record for most wins.

The team is currently coached by Greg Marshall, who took over for Haylor in 2007 after his aforementioned retirement. Marshall won the Hec Crighton Trophy for most outstanding player in CIS football as a player for the Mustangs in 1980 and has also coached professional football for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats from 2004-2006.[5] In the six seasons that Marshall has served as the Mustangs head coach, the team has won the Yates Cup four times, in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2013 and appeared in the Vanier Cup game in 2008.[6] The Mustangs have been one of the top teams in CIS football as of late, posting a 27-5 regular season record over the past four years.[7]

Season-by-season record[edit]

The following is the record of the University of Western Ontario Mustangs football team in the last ten seasons of play:

Season Games Won Lost Pct % PF PA Standing Playoffs
2003 8 5 3 0.625 306 257 2nd in OUA Lost to Windsor Lancers in quarter-final 21-18
2004 8 6 2 0.750 370 189 3rd in OUA Defeated York Lions in quarter-final 54-18
Lost to McMaster Marauders in semi-final 40-23
2005 8 6 2 0.625 371 144 2nd in OUA Defeated Ottawa Gee-Gees in quarter-final 18-10
Lost to Laurier Golden Hawks in semi-final 29-11
2006 8 5 3 0.625 205 179 5th in OUA Defeated Windsor Lancers in quarter-final 20-16
Lost to Laurier Golden Hawks in semi-final 20-15
2007 8 4 4 0.500 223 127 5th in OUA Defeated Queen's Golden Gaels in quarter-final 27-19
Defeated Ottawa Gee-Gees in semi-final 23-16
Defeated Guelph Gryphons in Yates Cup final 34-21
Lost to Manitoba Bisons in Mitchell Bowl 52-20
2008 8 7 1 0.875 363 133 1st in OUA Defeated Laurier Golden Hawks in semi-final 36-28
Defeated Ottawa Gee-Gees in Yates Cup final 31-17
Defeated Saint Mary's Huskies in Mitchell Bowl 28-12
Lost to Laval Rouge et Or in 44th Vanier Cup 44-21
2009 8 6 2 0.750 335 145 3rd in OUA Defeated Guelph Gryphons in quarter-final 37-18
Defeated Laurier Golden Hawks in semi-final 26-16
Lost to Queen's Golden Gaels in Yates Cup final 43-39
2010 8 7 1 0.875 317 96 2nd in OUA Defeated McMaster Marauders in semi-final 34-28
Defeated Ottawa Gee-Gees in Yates Cup final 26-25
Lost to Laval Rouge et Or in Uteck Bowl 13-11
2011 8 7 1 0.875 311 182 1st in OUA Defeated Windsor Lancers in semi-final 33-27
Lost to McMaster Marauders in Yates Cup final 41-19
2012 8 5 3 0.625 327 165 4th in OUA Defeated Windsor Lancers in quarter-final 56-35
Lost to McMaster Marauders in semi-final 42-28
2013 8 8 0 1.000 458 148 1st in OUA Defeated McMaster Marauders in semi final 32-3
Defeated Queen's Golden Gaels in Yates cup final 51-22
Lost to Calgary Dinos 44-3 in Mitchell Bowl


Western Ontario Mustangs in the CFL[edit]

Western Ontario Mustangs in the NFL[edit]


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