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Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks
University Wilfrid Laurier University
Association U Sports
Conference Ontario University Athletics
Athletic director Peter Baxter (administrator)
Location Waterloo, Ontario
Football stadium Knight-Newbrough Field, University Stadium (Waterloo, Ontario)
Arena Golden Hawks Athletic Complex
Other arenas Sun Life Arena, Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex
Mascot Golden Hawk
Nickname Golden Hawks
Colours Gold
Website www.laurierathletics.com

The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks is the name used by the varsity sports teams of Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, 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 football program has become one of the best in the conference, recently winning a Vanier Cup national championship in 2005 to go along with their previous title in 1991. Since 2003, the team has not finished lower than fourth in the ten-team OUA conference under the guidance of head coach Gary Jeffries.

The WLU Competitive Cheerleading team has also risen to prominence in the last few years having won 6 national championship titles at the prestigious University National Cheerleading Championships conducted by Power Cheerleading Athletics. The Golden Hawk Cheerleaders have been ranked in the top five squads in the nation at least 8 times in the past 10 years, winning 6 national titles in 2007, 2008 (in the All-Female division), 2009 (in the Small-Coed division), 2010 (All-Female Division), and 2011 (All-Female Division). Most recently the team brought home first place at the 2013 (All-Female Division) University Nationals Competition managing to outscore teams from all other divisions, securing the title of Grand Champions. In addition to the program's primarily competitive focus, the team can also be found cheering sidelines at football games, and both men's and women's basketball games.

The women's varsity hockey team have become very successful, winning their first OUA championship in their 1998–1999 season, winning six consecutive years in a row (2002–2008). They also won Nationals in 2004–2005.

Varsity teams[edit]

Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks teams compete in:


Golden Hawks football[edit]

Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks logo
First season 1961
Athletic director Peter Baxter (administrator)
Head coach Michael Faulds
4th year, 16–16  (.500)
Other Staff Ron VanMoerkerke (DC)
Mark Surya (OC)
Home Stadium University Stadium (Waterloo, Ontario)
Field Knight-Newbrough Field
Year built 1958
Stadium capacity 9,765
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Waterloo, Ontario
League CIS
Conference OUA (1980 - present)
Past associations OIFC (1963-1966)
CCIFC (1967-1970)
OUAA (1971-1973)
OQIFC (1974-1979)
All-time record – 
Postseason record – 
Vanier Cups 2
1991, 2005
Uteck Bowls 1
Churchill Bowls 1
Atlantic Bowls 2
1968, 1972
Yates Cups 8
1972, 1973, 1978, 1987,
1991, 2004, 2005, 2016
Hec Crighton winners 1
Bill Kubas
Current uniform
CIS Wilfrid Laurier Jersey.png
Colours Purple and Gold
Outfitter Adidas
Rivals Waterloo Warriors
Western Mustangs
Website laurierathletics.com

The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks football team has appeared in five Vanier Cup championships, losing in 1966, 1968 and 1972, and winning the national title in 1991 and 2005. The team has also won seven Yates Cup conference championships, most recently in 2004 and 2005. Their head coach during that time was Gary Jeffries, who became the interim head coach midway through the 2002 campaign before being named the full-time head coach for the 2003 season.[1] Overall, he had compiled a regular season record of 58 wins and 22 losses as well as leading them to their 2005 Vanier Cup victory. The Golden Hawks have had one Hec Crighton Trophy winner, Bill Kubas, a former quarterback who won the award in 1994.

The program was one of the strongest in the OUA, as they had always finished in the top three in the ten-team conference from 2003-2009 as long as Jeffries had been the full-time head coach. The team completed two unbeaten regular seasons in 2004 and 2005, and one completely unbeaten season in the latter after going 12-0 and winning the 41st Vanier Cup in 2005. The Golden Hawks had seven straight seasons of at least six wins between 2003 and 2009, but had back-to-back .500 seasons in 2010 and 2011. While the team had a four win season in 2010, it should be noted that they forfeited a game they won against the Toronto Varsity Blues for using an ineligible player.[2]

The Golden Hawks finished with a losing record in 2012 for the first time since Jeffries had taken over as head coach in 2002. Jeffries announced his resignation as the manager of football operations and head coach on November 1, 2012, leaving the program as the second winningest football coach in school history.[3] Former Mustangs quarterback Michael Faulds was hired as the team's head coach on January 8, 2013.[4] In Faulds' first season in 2013, the Golden Hawks missed the playoffs for the first time since 2002, but rebounded with a sixth-place finish and playoff berth in 2014.

Season-by-season record[edit]

The following is the record of the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks football team since 2003:

Season Games Won Lost Pct % PF PA Standing Playoffs
2003 8 6 2 0.750 313 158 3rd in OUA Defeated Ottawa Gee-Gees in quarter-final 38-17
Defeated Queen's Golden Gaels in semi-final 36-33
Lost to McMaster Marauders in Yates Cup 41-15
2004 8 8 0 1.000 343 142 1st in OUA Defeated Ottawa Gee-Gees in semi-final 46-7
Defeated McMaster Marauders in Yates Cup 31-19
Lost to Laval Rouge et Or in Uteck Bowl 30-11
2005 8 8 0 1.000 330 114 1st in OUA Defeated McMaster Marauders in semi-final 43-21
Defeated Western Mustangs in Yates Cup 29-11
Defeated Acadia Axemen in Uteck Bowl 31-10
Defeated Saskatchewan Huskies in 41st Vanier Cup 24-23
2006 8 6 2 0.750 253 142 2nd in OUA Defeated Windsor Lancers in quarter-final 38-29
Defeated Western Mustangs in semi-final 20-15
Lost to Ottawa Gee-Gees in Yates Cup 32-14
2007 8 7 1 0.875 278 124 2nd in OUA Lost to Guelph Gryphons in semi-final 38-31
2008 8 6 2 0.750 235 191 3rd in OUA Defeated McMaster Marauders in quarter-final 29-0
Lost to Western Mustangs in semi-final 36-28
2009 8 6 2 0.750 210 136 2nd in OUA Lost to Western Mustangs in semi-final 26-16
2010 8 4 4 0.500 250 172 4th in OUA Defeated Guelph Gryphons in quarter-final 42-10
Lost to Ottawa Gee-Gees in semi-final 32-31
2011 8 4 4 0.500 290 194 6th in OUA Lost to Queen's Golden Gaels in quarter-final 14-10
2012 8 3 5 0.375 109 229 6th in OUA Lost to Queen's Golden Gaels in quarter-final 34-0
2013 8 1 7 0.125 176 230 9th in OUA Did not qualify
2014 8 4 4 0.500 277 198 6th in OUA Lost to Western Mustangs in quarter-final 25-10
2015 8 4 4 0.500 261 218 6th in OUA Defeated McMaster Marauders in quarter-final 29-15
Lost to Western Mustangs in semi-final 32-18
2016 8 7 1 0.875 341 126 2nd in OUA Defeated McMaster Marauders in semi-final 21-17
Defeated Western Mustangs in Yates Cup 43-40
Lost to Laval Rouge et Or in Uteck Bowl 36-6

Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks in the CFL[edit]

As of the start of the 2016 CFL season, five former Golden Hawks players are on CFL teams' rosters:

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