Western Mustangs
UniversityUniversity of Western Ontario
AssociationU Sports
ConferenceOntario University Athletics
Athletic directorChristine Stapleton
LocationLondon, Ontario
First year1913
Varsity teams46 (23 men's and 23 women's)
Football stadiumTD Stadium
ArenaThompson Arena
Baseball stadiumLabatt Park
Soccer fieldMustang Field
Aquatics centerWestern Student Rec Centre
Rugby fieldAlumni Field
Other venuesDoug Wells Rowing Centre
MascotJ.W. the Mustang
Fight song"Western"
ColoursPurple and White

The Western Mustangs (previously Western Ontario Mustangs to end of 2011–12 school year) are the athletic teams that represent Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. The school's athletic program supports 26 varsity sports. Their mascot is a Mustang named J.W. and the school colours are purple and white. The university's varsity teams compete in the Ontario University Athletics conference and the national U Sports organization.[1][2] Western University offers 21 varsity sports for men and 19 for women which compete in the OUA conference.[1] The University also offers cheerleading (co-ed and all-girls), women's ringette, women's softball, table tennis (men's and women's) and ultimate frisbee (open-class and women's), which compete outside the OUA conference, in sport-specific conferences and divisions.[3][4][5][6][7][8]

The current athletic director is Christine Stapleton who started at the University in 2017.[9] Her predecessor, Therese Quigley, held the role for 8 years starting in 2009.[10]

Many Western 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, the football team has won 31 provincial championships and the men's squash team has won 45 provincial championships, with 36 being consecutive. The Western Mustangs football team has won seven Vanier Cup national championships, in 1971, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1989, 1994 and 2017.[11]

Additionally, the cheerleading team has won the national championship 33 times, including 24 consecutive.[12] The University also has the largest university marching band in Canada.[13]

Varsity teams

The University of Western Ontario's Athletics program currently supports 26 varsity programs.[14]

Men's Women's
Badminton Badminton
Baseball -
Basketball Basketball
Cross Country Cross Country
Curling Curling
Fencing Fencing
- Field Hockey
Football -
Figure Skating Figure Skating
Golf Golf
Ice Hockey Ice Hockey
Lacrosse Lacrosse
- Ringette
Rowing Rowing
Rugby Rugby
Soccer Soccer
- Softball
Squash Squash
Swimming Swimming
Table Tennis Table Tennis
Tennis Tennis
Track & Field Track & Field
Ultimate Ultimate
Volleyball Volleyball
Waterpolo -
Wrestling Wrestling


Badminton started in the early 1930s at Western as a club, but transitioned to a varsity sport once recognized in the OUA. The team consistently places in the top 3 during OUA championships, and has won 10 OUA championships, with the last one being in 2014.[15]

During the 1970s, the team saw much acclaim. Jamie Paulson attended Western at this time and dominated in both singles and doubles at OUAA tournaments in the 1970-71 season, winning 33 out of 36 matches.[16] This streak continued even after Paulson's departure, and Western won the OUAA badminton championships in 1970-71, 1972–73, 1975–76, 1976–77, and 1977-78 seasons. More recently, former alumni Alex Bruce competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics as well as win a gold medal at the 2011 Pan American Games.


The OUA adopted baseball into the conference in 2001 and since then, the men's baseball team have won 6 total OUA championships in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2015 and 2016.[17][18] The current head coach is Mike Lumley, a former Detroit Tigers fifth round draft pick. Lumley has been named OUA Coach of the Year in 2001, 2004, 2005, and 2009.


Men's basketball

The men's basketball team plays its home games in Alumni Hall gymnasium. The Mustangs last won a conference championship in 2001-02, for a total of 25 OUA conference titles since 1908.[19] The men's team has won 1 national championship in the 1990-91 season. The current head coach of the Mustangs is Brad Campbell, who has been the head coach since 2006. Campbell took over after the previous coach Craig Boydell. Boydell had a 16-year reign and brought the team to their only national title in the 1990-91 season.[20]

Men's basketball originally started in 1903 as a team of medical school students. The team entered into the Ontario Amateur Basketball Association in 1911. Western arts students started a team in 1912. Western officially formed a unified Athletic Association and created one central team to represent the University as a whole in 1914.[16]

Women's basketball

Western's women's basketball team has won 3 conference championships,[21] in 1971-72, 1972–73 and 1973-74. The 1973-74 season became notable as the team was undefeated in league play.[22]


Main article: Western Mustangs football

The Western Mustangs football team first started in 1929 and has become one of the most successful football teams in Canadian university sports. The team has won 8 Vanier Cup national titles and appeared 15 times at the championship, with the last win being in 2021.[23] The Mustangs have also won 33 provincial Yates Cup titles,[24] with 49 appearances.

Notable former players include: Joe Krol, Frank Cosentino, Andy Fantuz, Dick Suderman, Bob McFarlane, Frank Turville, Vaughn Martin, Daryl Waud and Tim Tindale.

The current coach is Greg Marshall and has been with the team since 2007.[25] As of recent years, the team has been posting a 76-11 regular season record between 2008 and 2018.

Ice hockey

Men's hockey

Main article: Western Mustangs men's ice hockey

Women's hockey

Main article: Western Mustangs women's ice hockey


Both the men's and women's team compete in the OUA provincial league as well as a part of the national Canadian University Rowing Association. These teams have become dominating powers in Canadian university rowing, achieving 56 provincial OUA titles and 14 national titles combined.[26] The program has also included over 45 Canadian Olympic team members as athletes, coaching staff and trainers.[27]

The teams are based out of the Doug Wells Rowing Centre on Fanshawe Lake.[28]

In 2019, it was announced that Western will be the hosting university for the 2022 International University Sports Federation (FISU) World University Rowing Championship.[29][30] The competition will be based out of Fanshawe Lake in London, Ontario.

Men's rowing

The men's varsity rowing team joined the OUA in 1957 and since then has become a dominating team in the league. The team has won 29 provincial OUA championships, with the last one being in the 2018-19 season.[26] The team competes nationally as part of the Canadian University Rowing Association and has won 6 national titles since 1997.

Over 20 Western rowing athletes and coaching staff have competed in the Olympics. Notable Western rowing Olympians include Roger Jackson, Al Morrow, Mike Murphy, and Phil Monckton.[16][31]

On February 8, 2019, 10 members of the team won a rowing world record for the fastest time to row 1 million meters.[32] This group rowed on an indoor erg machine for 62 hours, 27 minutes and 7 seconds, with an average pace of 1:52.4.[33] The record category was for men’s 19-and-under age group.

Women's rowing

The women's rowing team is the most decorated team in the OUA women's rowing league and has won 27 provincial titles, with the longest consecutive win-streak of 6 from 2013-2019.[26] The team first started in 1969 as a recreational club, but then joined the OUA as a varsity program in 1973, once the league added the sport.[34] They have also won 8 national titles, with the last one being in 2016.

Notable Olympians include Lesley Thompson-Willie, Heather Clarke, Angela Schneider, Silken Laumann, Marnie McBean, Heather Mandoli, Rachelle Viinberg, and Wendy Wiebe.[27]


Men's volleyball

The men's volleyball team first joined the OUA in the league's inaugural 1965-66 volleyball season and are currently part of the West division.[35] They currently play home games in Alumni Hall. The team has won 5 provincial OUA conference championships, in 1967-68, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1975–76, and 1978-79.[36] In 2013-14, the Mustangs won an OUA silver medal, then lost to Alberta in the Canadian U Sports championship final, bringing home a national silver medal.[37]

The current coach of the Mustangs volleyball team is Jim Sage, who has been coaching the team since 1997. He won the OUA Coach of the Year title in 2003.[38]

Women's volleyball

The women's volleyball team plays in the OUA West division. The team has won 11 provincial OUA conference championships, with the last one being in 2010-11.[39] They have also won three national U Sports championships, in 1971-72, 1974–75, and 1975–76.[40]

Prior to the OUA and U Sports recognizing women's volleyball in 1971-72, Western was known to be successful in the national Women’s Intercollegiate Athletic Union. The team joined this league in 1949 and won 13 national titles from 1953 to 1970.[41] Former Western Mustangs athletic director Therese Quigley played on the 1973-74 championship team.[41]

Sport clubs

The Recreation Sport Clubs at Western are administered by the Western Campus Recreation, a division of the Athletics Department. There are 18 sport clubs and include alternative sports such as martial arts. Each club is a student-led organization, with some additional assistance from the Athletics Department. The clubs are sanctioned under the department and have student executive leadership teams who handle all club operations, financing, activities, and equipment.

The sport clubs at Western include:

Athletic facilities

There are a number of gyms, facilities, and rooms that teams use for practicing and games.

An aerial view of TD Stadium. The stadium is the second-largest in the OUA.
An aerial view of TD Stadium. The stadium is the second-largest in the OUA.

TD Stadium

Main article: TD Stadium

The TD Stadium was built in 2000 and has a capacity of 8,000. It is the home of the Western Mustangs football team.The field size abides by CFL regulations and features an infill turf playing surface with a 2" rubberized e-layer. Surrounding the field is an eight-lane, 400m outdoor track and long-jump pit.[42]

Mustangs Field

Mustangs Field was opened in 2013 and acts as the playing surface for the soccer and lacrosse teams.[43] The field can seat up to 600 people in the stand-alone bleachers.

Alumni Field

Alumni Field was opened in 2013 and is the primary field for the men's and women's rugby teams. It is one of a few fields in Canada that is certified through the International Rugby Board.[43] The field can seat up to 600 people in stand-alone bleachers.

Alumni Hall

Alumni Hall is a multi-sport auditorium and gym. It is currently has the playing court for the Western basketball and volleyball teams. It was originally opened in 1968 and is where the John P Metras Sports Museum is located. In addition to the main gymnasium, the lower floors of the building house the gym for the wrestling teams as well as a dance studio. There are several classroom facilities within the building. The Western Mustang Band is also housed in Alumni Hall.

In addition to the gym, the main auditorium has a large stage and is used as the primary location for convocation and other official University ceremonies. The auditorium can seat 1,200 in the mezzanine seats, and 2,274 total if additional chairs are set up on the court.[44]

Thompson Arena and Indoor Track

Main article: Thompson Recreation and Athletic Centre

The Thompson Arena was built in 1971 and has an NHL-sized ice rink as well as an indoor track around the rink. The men's and women's ice hockey teams use the arena alongside the ringette and figure skating teams, while the track and field team use the 200m Mondo indoor track surface. The arena seating capacity is 3,615.

The indoor track is used primarily by sprinters, distance runners, throwers, and jumpers. During indoor track and field meets, the ice surface is covered and the inner rink becomes a field surface for activities such as pole vault and high jump. As of September 2019, the track was re-surfaced and updated.[45] This update was following criticism on the previous track's degrading condition and overuse.[46][47]

The annual Don Wright track meet is hosted in the Thompson Arena.[48]

Western Student Recreation Centre

The Western Student Recreation Centre (known as the Rec Centre or Western Rec) is a multi-level gymnasium facility and aquatic centre. It houses multiple basketball courts, volleyball courts, and squash courts, as well as a large fitness area with two floors of weight training equipment, treadmills, and fitness studios. The facility was opened in February 2009.[49] It is directly attached to the Thompson Arena.

The Western varsity swim team and water polo team uses the 8-lane, 50m pool for training as well as hosting swim meets and competitions.

The Athletic Department offices and administration is housed within the Rec Centre.

This large facility comes as a result of a student-led initiative in 2006.[49] Western students held a referendum to fund a majority of the building's $35.7-million cost.[50] From this, the undergraduate and graduate students pledged to donate a total of $101-million over 30 years for the initial purchase, building maintenance and support, with $14.8-million specifically funding undergraduate and graduate student bursaries. This was announced as the largest contribution ever from a student body to a Canadian university.[51]

Thames Hall

Before the Western Rec Centre was completed in 2009, Thames Hall was the facility used for athletic department and had a pool, gymnasium, and athletic training facilities. After completion, Thames Hall was refurbished to convert the pool into classrooms. As of 2019, Thames Hall is undergoing major renovations and they are set to be complete June 2021.[52] The newly-renovated building will house Student Health and Psychological Services, Sports and Recreation, and Student Learning and Engagement, as well as house the Kinesiology department.[53]


Western University list of Olympians
First Last Year Sport
Chuck Dalton 1952 Basketball
Bill Pataky 1952 Basketball
Glen Pettinger 1952 Basketball
Bob Phibbs 1952 Basketball
Harry Wade 1952 Basketball
George Wearring 1952 Basketball
Coulter Osbourne 1956 Basketball
Barry Ager 1960 Basketball
Don McCrae 1960 Basketball
Ray Monnot 1960 Basketball
Barry Howson 1964 Basketball
Paul Thomas 1952 Basketball (coach)
Don McCrae 1984 Basketball (coach)
Vic Emery 1964 Bobsleigh
Mike Young 1968 Bobsleigh
David Leuty 1980 Bobsleigh
David Leuty 1988 Bobsleigh
Chris Lori 1988 Bobsleigh
Chris Lori 1992 Bobsleigh
Chris Lori 1996 Bobsleigh
Chris Lori 1998 Bobsleigh
Lamont Gordon 1964 Bobsleigh
Bob Storey 1968 Bobsleigh
Bob Storey 1972 Bobsleigh
Bob Storey 1976 Bobsleigh (coach)
Allan Maclachlan 1980 Bobsleigh
Allan Maclachlan 1984 Bobsleigh
Barb Olmsted 1984 Canoeing
Barb Olmsted 1988 Canoeing
Eric Smith 1984 Canoeing
Eric Smith 1988 Canoeing
Skip Phoenix 1976 Diving
Skip Phoenix 1988 Diving
Skip Phoenix 1992 Diving (coach)
Bob Foxcroft 1964 Fencing
Bob Foxcroft 1972 Fencing
Andrew Griffiths 2000 Field Hockey
Lynn Nightingale 1976 Figure Skating
Mike Inglis 1992 Gymnastics
Brian Conacher 1964 Hockey
Roger Jackson 1964 Rowing
Roger Jackson 1968 Rowing
Roger Jackson 1972 Rowing
Jim Walker 1972 Rowing
Mike Neary 1972 Rowing
Mike Neary 1976 Rowing
Monica Draeger 1976 Rowing
Marnie McBean 1992 Rowing
Marnie McBean 1996 Rowing
Marnie McBean 2000 Rowing
Nancy Higgins 1976 Rowing
Al Morrow 1976 Rowing
Becky Stevenson 1976 Rowing
Andy Van Ruyven 1976 Rowing
Phil Monckton 1976 Rowing
Phil Monckton 1984 Rowing
Heather Clarke 1980 Rowing
Heather Clarke 1984 Rowing
Heather Clarke 1988 Rowing
Lesley Thompson-Willie 1980 Rowing
Lesley Thompson-Willie 1984 Rowing
Lesley Thompson-Willie 1988 Rowing
Lesley Thompson-Willie 1992 Rowing
Lesley Thompson-Willie 1996 Rowing
Lesley Thompson-Willie 2000 Rowing
Lesley Thompson-Willie 2008 Rowing
Barb Armbrust 1984 Rowing
Cathy Lund 1984 Rowing
Angela Schneider 1984 Rowing
John Houlding 1984 Rowing
John Houlding 1988 Rowing
Harold Backer 1984 Rowing
Harold Backer 1988 Rowing
Harold Backer 1992 Rowing
Silken Laumann 1984 Rowing
Silken Laumann 1988 Rowing
Silken Laumann 1992 Rowing
Silken Laumann 1996 Rowing
Jennifer (Walinga) Doey 1988 Rowing
Jennifer (Walinga) Doey 1992 Rowing
John Wallace 1988 Rowing
John Wallace 1992 Rowing
Brian Saunderson 1992 Rowing
Mike Forgeron 1992 Rowing
Mike Forgeron 1996 Rowing
Jeff Lay 1996 Rowing
Maria Maunder 1996 Rowing
Renata Troc 1996 Rowing
Wendy Wiebe 1996 Rowing
Michele Mellow 1996 Rowing
Iain Brambell 2000 Rowing
Iain Brambell 2004 Rowing
Iain Brambell 2008 Rowing
Jon Beare 2000 Rowing
Jon Beare 2004 Rowing
Jon Beare 2008 Rowing
Liam Parsons 2008 Rowing
Matt Jensen 2008 Rowing
Adam Kreek 2008 Rowing
Cam Sylvester 2008 Rowing
Jane Rumball 2008 Rowing
Romina Stefancic 2008 Rowing
Heather Mandoli 2008 Rowing
Rachelle de Jong 2008 Rowing
Kris Korzeniowski 1976 Rowing (coach)
Al Morrow 1980 Rowing (coach)
Al Morrow 1984 Rowing (coach)
Al Morrow 1992 Rowing (coach)
Al Morrow 1996 Rowing (coach)
Al Morrow 2000 Rowing (coach)
Al Morrow 2008 Rowing (coach)
Jimmy Joy 1984 Rowing (coach)
Jimmy Joy 1988 Rowing (coach)
Rudy Wieler 1984 Rowing (coach)
Bob Marlow 1984 Rowing (coach)
Ted Daigneault 1984 Rowing (coach)
Volker Nolte 1996 Rowing (coach)
Volker Nolte 2000 Rowing (coach)
Carolyn Caesar 2008 Rowing (thearpist)
John Kerr 1984 Sailing
Paul Shaw 1996 Shooting (Trap Shooting)
Duff Gibson 2006 Skeleton
Ken Read 1976 Skiing
Ken Read 1980 Skiing
Tom Overend 1976 Speed Skating
Mel Brock 1912 Track and Field
Alex Munroe 1928 Track and Field
Johnny Loaring 1936 Track and Field
Bill Larochelle 1948 Track and Field
Bob McFarlane 1948 Track and Field
Don McFarlane 1948 Track and Field
Jack Parry 1948 Track and Field
Rich Ferguson 1952 Track and Field
George Shepherd 1960 Track and Field
Grant McLaren 1972 Track and Field
Grant McLaren 1976 Track and Field
Wayne Yetman 1976 Track and Field
Susan (Bradley) Kameli 1976 Track and Field
Susan (Bradley) Kameli 1980 Track and Field
Susan (Bradley) Kameli 1984 Track and Field
Sharon Lane 1980 Track and Field
Jeff Glass 1984 Track and Field
Brigitte (Bittner) Reid 1984 Track and Field
Sue (French) Lee 1984 Track and Field
Sue (French) Lee 1988 Track and Field
Lizanne Bussieres 1988 Track and Field
Lizanne Bussieres 1992 Track and Field
May (Alizadeh) Allison 1996 Track and Field
Bruce Deacon 1996 Track and Field
Bruce Deacon 2000 Track and Field
Jessica Zelinka 2008 Track and Field
Murray McNie 1936 Track and Field (coach)
Murray McNie 1948 Track and Field (coach)
Andy McInnis 1996 Track and Field (coach)
John Allan 1996 Track and Field (coach)
Vickie Croley 1996 Track and Field (coach)
Kerry Klosterman 1976 Volleyball
Erminia Russo 1996 Volleyball
Cliff Barry 1972 Water Polo
Cliff Barry 1976 Water Polo
Peter Michienzi 1968 Wrestling
Ole Sorensen 1972 Wrestling
Egon Beiler 1972 Wrestling
Egon Beiler 1976 Wrestling
Egon Beiler 1980 Wrestling
Mike Barry 1976 Wrestling
Clive Llewellyn 1976 Wrestling
Clive Llewellyn 1980 Wrestling
Brian Renken 1976 Wrestling
Brian Renken 1980 Wrestling
Ray Takahashi 1976 Wrestling
Ray Takahashi 1980 Wrestling
Ray Takahashi 1984 Wrestling
Bob Robinson 1980 Wrestling
Sean Barry 1980 Wrestling
Glynn Leyshon 1980 Wrestling (coach)
Bob Thayer 1976 Wrestling (coach)
Bob Thayer 1980 Wrestling (coach)
Bill Mitchell 1988 Westling (manager)
Harry Geris 1968 Wrestling
Harry Geris 1972 Wrestling
Harry Geris 1976 Wrestling
Paul Thomson 1988 Yachting
Paul Thomson 1992 Yachting
Stuart Bruce 1992 Yachting
Ken Dool 1992 Yachting (coach)
Ken Dool 1996 Yachting (coach)
Ken Dool 2000 Yachting (coach)
Ken Dool 2004 Yachting (coach)
J. Howard Crocker 1908 Mission Staff

Athletes of the Year

Year Female Athlete Sport Male Athlete Sport
2012-13 Kelly Campbell Hockey Garrett May Volleyball
2013-14 Jenny Vaughan Basketball Will Finch Football
2014-15 Kelly Campbell Hockey Justin Scapinello Volleyball
2015-16 Paulina Bond Swimming Riley Bell Track & Field
2016-17 Kelsey Veltman Volleyball Jack Sheffar Track & Field
2017-18 Larissa Werbicki Rowing Jean-Gabriel Poulin Football
2018-19 April Clark Hockey Fraser Sopik Football
2019-20 Kate Current Cross Country Sebastian Paulins Swimming


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