Volume 92, Issue 50
Wednesday, December 2, 1998
Haylor awarded nation's top coaching honour
By Ian Ross
During an awards banquet held last Friday in Toronto, Western's Larry Haylor was honoured with the Frank Tindall Trophy for the CIAU's most outstanding football coach. It is the second time he has received the award the first was in 1990.
The award came on the heels of an 8-0 regular season record, a Yates Cup victory and a berth in the national semifinal Churchill Bowl. Haylor also surpassed Mustang coaching legend John Metras for career victories with a coaching record of 126-22-4.
Haylor said he was a little surprised by the announcement. Humbled by the award, he was quick to point out the honour represented the work of his entire staff and not just the output of him personally.
"I thought the coaching staff did a great job this year," Haylor said. "It was really reflective of our season."
The award is voted upon by the Old Crow Society of Carleton University and backed by coaches around the league.
"They had a virtually first-year defence and still managed to go undefeated," said Guelph head coach Dan McNally. "To go 8-0 is a real indication of the coaching staff."
McMaster head coach Greg Marshall, the offensive coordinator for Haylor when he won the award in 1990, said the honour reflected the wisdom and style Haylor brings to the team.
"He certainly taught me a lot," Marshall said. "He is a good teacher."
The Tindall award was not the only honour bestowed on a Mustang over the weekend. Inside receiver Raymond Krumme was named the Ontario representative for the TSN Russ Jackson Award, which recognizes a player who exemplifies excellence in academic achievement, community service and outstanding play. In addition, offensive lineman Paul Blenkhorn and outside receiver Dan Disley were named first team all-Canadians, while quarterback and punter Mike O'Brien was named a second team all-Canadian punter.
Haylor said many other Western names could have graced the annual list but pointed to one individual who should not have been missed.
"I don't think there is a better running back in Canada than Fabian Rayne," Haylor said. "There are some good backs out there but they don't do the things Fabian does when he doesn't have the ball."
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