|University||University of Guelph|
|Association||Canadian Interuniversity Sport|
|Conference||Ontario University Athletics|
|Athletic director||Tom Kendall|
|Football stadium||Alumni Stadium|
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.
Guelph Gryphons teams compete in:
- Baseball (m)
- Basketball (m/w)
- Cross Country Running
- Field hockey (w)
- Figure Skating (w)
- Ice hockey (m/w)
- Football (m)
- Lacrosse (m/w)
- Nordic Skiing
- Rugby (m/w)
- Soccer (m/w)
- Track & Field
- Volleyball (m/w)
Established in 1998, the baseball team is not one of the school's most well known programs. 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. 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. 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. 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.
Established in early 1979, the team competes in the OUA West division along with the university's longtime rival, the University of Western Ontario. 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.
The women’s basketball team was established in 1979 and competes in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) west division. 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.
The women’s field hockey team was established in 1979. 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
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, 1997 and 2015.
Note: GP = Games Played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against
|1963-64||Did Not Pariticpate|
|1971-72||19||11||7||1||-||79||68||23||2nd OUAA-W||Lost Semi-final|
|1973-74||18||10||6||2||-||117||82||22||3rd OUAA-W||Lost Quarter-final|
|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|
|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|
|1984-85||24||13||8||3||-||130||111||29||6th OUAA||Lost Quarter-final|
|1986-87||24||8||14||2||-||92||137||18||8th OUAA||Lost Quarter-final|
|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|
|1996-97||26||21||4||1||-||133||63||43||1st OUAA-ME||Won League, Won CIAU|
|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|
|2004-05||24||8||11||4||1||73||98||21||3rd OUA-MW||Lost Conf. Quarter-final|
|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||Lost Conf. Sem-Final|
|2013-14||28||12||12||-||2||90||100||28||8th OUA-W||Lost Conf. Quarter Final|
|2014-15||27||11||13||-||3||100||95||25||6th OUA-W||Won OUA|
Women's ice hockey
The women’s ice hockey team was established in 1979. 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.
|Athletic director||Tom Kendall|
|Head coach||Kevin MacNeill (Interim)|
|1st year, 3–5–0 (.375)|
|Other staff|| Adam Grandy (DC)|
Todd Galloway (OC)
|Home stadium||Alumni Stadium (Guelph)|
|Stadium surface||Field Turf|
|Conference||OUA (1980 - present)|
|Past associations|| OIFC (1957-1966)|
|Vanier Cups|| 1|
|Churchill Bowl Championships|| 1|
|Yates Cups|| 4|
1984, 1992, 1996, 2015
|Hec Crighton winners||0|
|Colours|| Red and Black and Gold
|Rivals|| Western Mustangs|
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks
The Guelph Gryphons football team has been in competition since 1950 and is considered to be the biggest sport at the university. The football team has a nine-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 11 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 program with a perfect record in Vanier Cup games. The team has also won four Yates Cup conference championships, in 1984, 1992, 1996 and 2015. The team can trace their roots back to 1950 when the team played in the Intercollegiate Intermediate Football Union. 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. Their head coach from 2010 to 2015 was Stu Lang, who was named head coach in 2010 after former head coach Kyle Walters joined the Canadian Football League's Winnipeg Blue Bombers as their special teams coach. After Lang's resignation, Kevin MacNeill was named interim head coach for the 2016 season.
In the early 2000s, the program remained largely in the middle of the standings as the team had been at or within one game of .500 for six of those years. Recently, the team has seen marked regular season success, having finished in second place in the OUA four years in a row from 2012 to 2015. In those years, they also qualified for the Yates Cup championship game three times, losing twice to the McMaster Marauders and defeating the Western Mustangs.
Recent regular season results
|2001||8||3||5||0||0.375||164||237||7th in OUA||Lost to Ottawa Gee-Gees in OUA quarter-finals 38-15|
|2002||8||2||6||0||0.250||102||237||8th in OUA||Lost to McMaster Marauders in OUA quarter-finals 71-11|
|2003||8||2||6||0||0.250||161||285||9th in OUA||Did not qualify|
|2004||8||4||4||0||0.500||169||238||5th in OUA||Lost to Ottawa Gee-Gees in OUA quarter-finals 33-9|
|2005||8||3||5||1||0.375||208||242||6th in OUA||Lost to Ottawa Gee-Gees in OUA quarter-finals 35-21|
|2006||8||2||6||-||0.250||206||217||8th in OUA||Did not qualify|
|2007||8||4||4||-||0.500||278||124||5th in OUA||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||8||4||4||-||0.500||255||173||4th in OUA||Lost to Ottawa Gee-Gees in OUA quarter-finals 42-37|
|2009||8||3||5||-||0.375||310||253||6th in OUA||Lost to Western Ontario Mustangs in OUA quarter-finals 37-18|
|2010||8||4||4||-||0.500||159||192||5th in OUA||Lost to Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks in OUA quarter-finals 42-10|
|2011||8||2||6||-||0.250||209||197||8th in OUA||Did not qualify|
|2012||8||7||1||-||0.875||251||209||2nd in OUA||Defeated Queen's Golden Gaels in OUA semi-finals 42-39|
Lost to McMaster Marauders in Yates Cup 30-13
|2013||8||7||1||-||0.875||252||139||2nd in OUA||Lost to Queen's Golden Gaels in OUA semi-finals 34-17|
|2014||8||7||1||-||0.875||343||174||2nd in OUA||Defeated Western Ontario Mustangs in OUA semi-finals 51-26|
Lost to McMaster Marauders in Yates Cup 20-15
|2015||8||7||1||-||0.875||404||222||1st in OUA||Defeated Carleton Ravens in OUA semi-finals 33-21|
Defeated Western Ontario Mustangs in Yates Cup 23-17
Lost to Montreal Carabins in Mitchell Bowl 25-10
|2016||8||3||5||-||0.375||244||227||6th in OUA||Lost to McMaster Marauders in OUA quarter-finals 17-11|
Guelph Gryphons in the CFL
As of the end of the 2016 CFL season, ten former Gryphons players are on CFL teams' rosters:
- Ryan Bomben, Hamilton Tiger-Cats
- Alex Charette, Montreal Alouettes
- Jeff Finley, Montreal Alouettes
- A-Dre Fraser, Montreal Alouettes
- Rob Maver, Calgary Stampeders
- Curtis Newton, Toronto Argonauts
- Jake Piotrowski, Montreal Alouettes
- Jake Reinhart, Toronto Argonauts
- Cameron Thorn, Calgary Stampeders
- Cameron Walker, Toronto Argonauts
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, five times - in 1995, 2000, 2008, 2013 and 2014.
In 1997, the University of Guelph put together their first women's lacrosse team. 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.
The women's rugby team formed in 1994. 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.
The men’s soccer team started in 1979. 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. 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. 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.
The men’s volleyball team at the University of Guelph had its first year of in the OUA in 1979. The 2010 team consists of 18 men from all around Canada, one coach, four assistants, one trainer, and one sports informer. 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. 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.
The women's volleyball team was established in 1979 at the University of Guelph. 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.
- http://oua.ca/sports/football/standings/ OUA Standings
- CUFLA Historical Champions
- Men's Lacrosse History
- Women's Lacrosse History
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