Ryerson Rams
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UniversityToronto Metropolitan University
AssociationU Sports
ConferenceOntario University Athletics
Athletic directorLouise Cowin
LocationToronto, Ontario
Varsity teams11
ArenaMattamy Athletic Centre (hockey)
Soccer stadiumDownsview Park Sports Centre (soccer)
MascotEggy the Ram
NicknameRams
ColoursBlue, Gold, and Silver[1]
     
Websitewww.ryersonrams.ca

The Ryerson Rams are the varsity athletic teams that represent Toronto Metropolitan University (previously known as Ryerson University) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Toronto Metropolitan University operates 11 men's and women's varsity teams that compete provincially as part of Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and nationally as part of U Sports.

Teams

Troy Passingham (2011-2016[2]) holds the Ryerson Rams Mens Hockey Record for Wins (49[3]) and Appearances (103[3])
Troy Passingham (2011-2016[2]) holds the Ryerson Rams Mens Hockey Record for Wins (49[3]) and Appearances (103[3])

The Rams operate varsity teams in: men's and women's hockey, volleyball, basketball, and soccer, fencing and badminton as well as a varsity figure skating team. Toronto Metropolitan University operates competitive clubs in: barbell, baseball, cheerleading, men's cricket, cross country, curling, dancepak, equestrian, ESports, women's fastpitch, men's rugby, squash, table tennis, men's and women's ultimate frisbee and wrestling.[4] Toronto Metropolitan University operates recreational clubs in: archery, badminton, climbing, cycling, dance, hapkido, karate, kendo, ninjutsu, Olympic Weightlifting, paddling, swim, taekwondo and trampoline.[4] The team mascot is Eggy the Ram, who can be seen at most major events.

Men's basketball

The Ryerson Rams men's basketball program was led through its most successful run between 2009 and 2019 by head coach Roy Rana before he left the Rams following the 2018-2019 OUA season to accept a role as an Assistant Coach for the Sacramento Kings. Across their ten year run, the Rams finished with a 137-55 record,[5] back to back OUA Wilson Cup (basketball) titles in 2016 and 2017 and four straight trips to the Wilson Cup Final against the Carleton Ravens between 2015 and 2019. The 2020-2021 Rams Men's Basketball team is led by head coach David DeAveiro who joined the Rams in May 2020[6] after spending the previous 10 seasons as the head coach of the McGill University Men's Basketball Team. In 2015, the Mattamy Athletic Centre hosted the 2015 CIS Men's Basketball Championship in which the Ryerson Rams won the bronze for their first national medal in school history defeating the Victoria Vikes 82-68.[7] At the 2016 CIS Men's Basketball Championship the Rams entered as the #1 seed following their first Wilson Cup championship but were upset by the Calgary Dinos in the Semi-final 98-87.[8] They defeated the Dalhousie Tigers in the next game to claim their second straight bronze medal. At the 2017 U Sports Men's Basketball Championship the Rams again entered as the #1 seed and reached the National Final for the first time in program history before falling to the Carleton Ravens 78-69.[9] In 2018 the Rams defeated the Ravens in the Semi-final before falling 79-77 to the Calgary Dinos for their second straight silver medal. In currently their last national appearance in the 2019 U Sports Men's Basketball Championship the Rams fell to the Dinos 67-65 in the Semi-final before once again defeating the Dalhousie Tigers to win the bronze medal.[10]

Women's basketball

Main article: Ryerson Rams women's basketball

The Ryerson Rams women's basketball team have had their most successful era between 2012-2022. Led by Canada women's national basketball team assistant coach Carly Clarke the Rams went 133-57 between 2012 and 2022, and earned their first ever Bronze Baby in 2022 when they completed an undefeated season and also won their second Critelli Cup. The Rams second most successful season came in 2015-2016 when whilst being led by OUA Player of the Year, OUA Defensive Player of the Year and CIS National Player of the Year Keneca Pingue-Giles, the Ryerson Rams won their first Critelli Cup defeating the Ottawa Gee-Gees 66-60. At the 2016 CIS Women's Basketball Championship, the Ryerson Rams reached the National Final before falling to the Saskatchewan Huskies in the final 85-71. The Ryerson Rams hosted the 2019 U Sports Women's Basketball Championship at Mattamy Athletic Centre in Toronto, finishing the tournament in 5th place.[11] The Rams last reached the Critelli Cup Provincial Final in 2020 falling to the Brock Badgers 84-71.[12] In March 2020, Rams basketball alum Keneca Pingue-Giles was named to the list of the Top 100 U Sports Women’s Basketball Players of the Century (2011-2020).[13]

Emma Crawley was the first starting goalie for Ryerson/TMU Women's Hockey when the program joined the OUA in 2011.[14]
Emma Crawley was the first starting goalie for Ryerson/TMU Women's Hockey when the program joined the OUA in 2011.[14]

Women's ice hockey

Main article: Ryerson Rams women's ice hockey

The Rams women's ice hockey program first began competing in the OUA in the 2011-12 season and were led by the team's current head coach, Lisa Haley. The team first qualified for the OUA playoffs in 2015 and have also made the playoffs in 2018, 2019, and 2020, with their best finish as OUA Semi-Finalists in the latter two years.[15]

Women's volleyball

In women's volleyball, the Mattamy Athletic Centre hosted the 2017 U Sports Women's Volleyball Championship in which the Ryerson Rams placed 7th losing in the Quarterfinals to the eventual silver medalist Alberta Pandas.[16] The Mattamy Athletic Centre hosted the 2018 OUA Quigley Cup in Women's Volleyball which the Ryerson Rams won, defeating the McMaster Marauders 3-1 in the championship match to win their first Quigley Cup.[17] The Ryerson Rams moved on to the 2018 U Sports Women's Volleyball Championship and won the U Sports National Title defeating the Alberta Pandas three games to one in the championship match.[18] This is currently the only U Sports Championship Title in Ryerson Rams school history.

Football

Toronto Metropolitan University used to have a football team which was coached, for much of its existence, by former Toronto Argonauts player Ted Toogood, who also served as TMU's first Athletic Director from 1949 to 1961. In 1958, the Rams won the Intermediate Intercollegiate Ontario-Quebec Conference championship. The football program was ended following the 1964 season due to costs, the lack of proper facilities, and poor attendance.[19]

Championships

Sport National Championship National Appearance Conference Championship
Men's Basketball 0 7 (1999, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019) 2 (2016, 2017)
Women's Basketball 0 4 (2015, 2016, 2019, 2020) 1 (2016)
Women's Volleyball 1 (2018) 4 (2002, 2017, 2018, 2019) 1 (2018)
Men's Volleyball 0 1 (2016) 0
Men's Soccer 0 1 (2013) 0

Facilities

Until the end of the 2011-2012 season, the Rams' basketball and volleyball teams played primarily out of Kerr Hall West Gymnasium, a triple gym in Kerr Hall West. The men's hockey team also played off-campus, using the ice rinks at George Bell Arena in The Junction. The men's and women's soccer teams play their home games at Downsview Park Sports Centre near York University.

In November 2009, then-Ryerson University announced that Maple Leaf Gardens would become the new home of the Rams' athletes.[20] The school partnered with the Canadian Government and supermarket company Loblaws to cover funding for the project. Approximately $20 million was contributed by Ryerson students, $20 million given by Federal Government and $15 million from Peter Gilligan.[21] In addition, Loblaws, the grocery retailer, made significant financial contributions.[22] The renovation took place over nearly three years, with the ground level hosting a Loblaws Supermarket, connected with the Loblaw Atrium and floor two through four holding the Rams' facilities which include: an NHL-sized ice rink, known as Mattamy Home Ice, a fitness centre as well as a multipurpose court for basketball and volleyball called the Coca-Cola Court.[23] BBB Architects & Stadium Consultants International has designed the new facility - the Mattamy Athletic Centre at the Gardens - which was completed in time for the 2012-13 OUA season.[24]

Awards and honours

The Ryerson Rams have seen numerous awards given out to student athletes across a multitude of sports.[25][26][27]

Mens Basketball - U Sports/CIS/CIAU Honours

Mens Basketball - OUA/OUAA Honours

Women's Basketball - U Sports/CIS/CIAU Honours

Women's Basketball - OUA/OUAA Honours

Women's Volleyball - U Sports/CIS/CIAU Honours

Women's Volleyball OUA/OUAA Honours

Logos

Since Toronto Metropolitan University opened in 1948, the logo for the Rams has changed along with the former technical institute becoming a university.[28] From 1965 until 2010, the Ryerson Rams' logo was a blue outline of a ram's head but in 2011, they updated to a more cartooned version of a ram, in their signature colours of blue and gold.[28]

References

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  12. ^ "Badgers women are Critelli Cup champions". Brock University Athletics. Retrieved 2020-09-26.
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