Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks
Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks logo
First season1961
Athletic directorPeter Baxter (administrator)
Head coachMichael Faulds
8th year, 33–29  (.532)
Other staffRon VanMoerkerke (DC)
Todd Galloway (OC)
Home stadiumUniversity Stadium
FieldKnight-Newbrough Field
Year built1958
Stadium capacity6,500
Stadium surfaceFieldTurf
LocationWaterloo, Ontario
LeagueU Sports
ConferenceOUA (1980-present)
Past associationsOIFC (1963-1966)
CCIFC (1967-1970)
OUAA (1971-1973)
OQIFC (1974-1979)
All-time record289–144–7 (.665)
Postseason record41–41 (.500)
Titles
Vanier Cups2
1991, 2005
Uteck Bowls1
2005
Churchill Bowls1
1991
Atlantic Bowls2
1968, 1972
Yates Cups8
1972, 1973, 1978, 1987,
1991, 2004, 2005, 2016
Hec Crighton winners1
Bill Kubas
Current uniform
ColoursPurple and Gold
   
OutfitterAdidas
RivalsWaterloo Warriors
Western Mustangs
Websitelaurierathletics.com

The Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks football team represents Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario in the sport of Canadian football in the Ontario University Athletics conference of U Sports. The Golden Hawks football team has been in continuous operation since 1961 and has been playing U Sports football (since re-named) in every year since 1962.[1] The 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 eight Yates Cup conference championships, most recently in 2016.[2] The Golden Hawks have had one Hec Crighton Trophy winner, Bill Kubas, a former quarterback who won the award in 1994.

Recent history

Gary Jeffries era

Following the resignation of Rick Zmich, Gary Jeffries was appointed the team's manager of football operations and head coach on April 25, 2003 after also serving parts of the 2002 season as the acting head coach.[3][4] After a 1–7 record in 2002, Jeffries led the Golden Hawks to a 6–2 record and a Yates Cup loss to the McMaster Marauders in his first year as head coach in 2003 where he was awarded the Frank Tindall Trophy as CIS football's head coach of the year.[5]

In 2004, the Golden Hawks finished with an undefeated 8–0 record, which was the first time that the team had a perfect regular season record since the 1966 squad went 7–0.[1][6] That year notably featured Laurier defeating the McMaster Marauders in the regular season, ending that program's 39-game regular season unbeaten streak.[7] The Golden Hawks won their sixth Yates Cup championship by defeating those same Marauders, but lost the Uteck Bowl to the Laval Rouge et Or.[8]

The Saskatchewan Huskies vs. the Golden Hawks at the 2005 Vanier Cup.
The Saskatchewan Huskies vs. the Golden Hawks at the 2005 Vanier Cup.

The Golden Hawks followed up their strong 2004 campaign with another 8–0 season in 2005, which was the first time that Laurier had back-to-back perfect regular season records.[1][9] The team defeated the Western Mustangs in the Yates Cup to win the program's seventh conference championship and also claimed victory over the Acadia Axemen in the Uteck Bowl to qualify for their fifth Vanier Cup appearance. In the 41st Vanier Cup, the Golden Hawks defeated the Saskatchewan Huskies 24–23 after placekicker Brian Devlin connected on a 32-yard field goal with 19 seconds remaining in the game.[10] The Golden Hawks became the first team in program history and the 10th team in Canadian University history to finish a season with an undefeated record, going 12-0.[10] The Vanier Cup win was the second and the most recent in program history.

Overall, under Jeffries, 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 to 2009. 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, they forfeited a game they won against the Toronto Varsity Blues for using an ineligible player.[11] The Golden Hawks finished with a losing record in 2012 for the first time since Jeffries had taken over as head coach.[1]

Jeffries announced his resignation as the manager of football operations and head coach on November 1, 2012, leaving the program with the second-most wins as football coach in school history.[12] Overall, he had compiled a regular season record of 58 wins and 22 losses as well as an 11–9 record in the post-season.[1]

Michael Faulds era

Former Mustangs quarterback Michael Faulds was hired as the team's head coach, the sixth in program history, on January 8, 2013.[13] 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, a 4–4 record, and a playoff berth in both the 2014 and 2015 seasons.

In 2016, the Golden Hawks finished with a dominant 7–1 record, losing only to the Western Mustangs who also finished 7–1, which was their best record since 2007. That year, the team won the program's eighth Yates Cup by defeating the Mustangs 43–40 in the 109th Yates Cup game, which was also the largest fourth quarter comeback in Yates Cup history as the Golden Hawks trailed 40–19 early in the fourth quarter.[14] While the team lost the Uteck Bowl to the Laval Rouge et Or, Faulds was named the U Sports Head Coach of the Year and four Golden Hawks were named U Sports All-Canadians.[15]

Building on the success of the 2016 season, the Golden Hawks finished with a 6–2 record in 2017 and a second consecutive second place finish in the regular season. While the team qualified for the Yates Cup again, the team was hammered by the eventual Vanier Cup champion Western Mustangs by a score of 75–32.[16] In 2018, the team finished with a 4–4 record and a seventh place finish after losing the tie-breaker with the Waterloo Warriors, whom they had lost to earlier in the season for the first time since 2002.[17][18] The 2019 season ended much the same as the team finished with a 4–4 record, but lost the last game of the season and finished in seventh place due to tie-breakers with Waterloo and Carleton.[19]

Recent season-by-season record

The following is the record of the Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks football team since 1999:

Season Games Won Lost Pct % PF PA Standing Playoffs
1999 8 6 2 0.750 273 138 2nd in OUA Defeated McMaster Marauders in semi-final 42-27
Lost to Waterloo Warriors in Yates Cup 32-20
2000 8 7 1 0.875 274 143 2nd in OUA Defeated Western Mustangs in semi-final 30-6
Lost to McMaster Marauders in Yates Cup 48-23
2001 8 3 5 0.375 104 138 6th in OUA Lost to Queen's Gaels in quarter-final 29-27
2002 8 1 7 0.125 150 137 9th in OUA Did not qualify
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 Gaels in quarter-final 14-10
2012 8 3 5 0.375 109 229 6th in OUA Lost to Queen's 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
2017 8 6 2 0.750 308 175 2nd in OUA Defeated McMaster Marauders in quarter-final 19-6
Lost to Western Mustangs in semi-final 75-32
2018 8 4 4 0.500 248 222 7th in OUA Did not qualify
2019 8 4 4 0.500 260 203 7th in OUA Did not qualify
2020 Season cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic
2021 6 3 3 0.500 127 122 2nd in OUA West Lost to Guelph Gryphons in quarter-final 31-18

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National award winners

Wilfrid Laurier Golden Hawks in the CFL

As of the end of the 2021 CFL season, 17 former Golden Hawks players were on CFL teams' rosters:

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