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SPORTS

Haylor sets milestone in romp over Waterloo

By Ian Denomme
Gazette Staff

Dave Picard/Gazette

SIMPLY THE BEST. Western Mustangs' coach Larry Haylor distinguished himself this past weekend, breaking the CIS coaching wins record with his 154th victory.

Western Mustangs football coach Larry Haylor has won a lot of games. He's won so many games in fact, that no one in Canadian university football history can claim they've won as many.

Haylor broke the Canadian Interuniversity Sport career coaching wins record when his squad defeated the Waterloo Warriors 62-12. The victory gave the coach 154 career victories, moving him ahead of Dave 'Tuffy' Knight for the CIS lead.

The Gazette sat down with Haylor capture his thoughts on the record.

How does it feel [to break the record]?
I certainly have a sense of satisfaction and achievement. It wasn't something that was consciously focused but at the same time it was definitely there. We struggled a few times getting it done and it was getting a bit burdensome, so it's nice to have it over with. It probably will mean more to me at a future time when I'm in more of a reflective mood.

I was really pleased with the excitement that our group felt - I think it meant a lot to them which meant a lot to me.

Was the record something you thought about as it crept up?
I think it's impossible not to be aware of it. It's there and people keep reminding you of it. It's nice to have it done and have your name there with a lot of great people, but now we can focus on what's really important.

What do you attribute your success?
First of all, great players - I coach a lot better when our players are talented. That's an obvious tongue-in-cheek comment, but it's absolutely true.

You also need to have a great coaching staff and again Western's been blessed with that. I've always had tremendous assistant coaches who really are the people coaching the team - they've had an enormous part to play in our success.

The environment at Western and in London has a very unique quality associated with it - it's a phenomenal football culture. The people who are here, the players and the coaches have enormously high expectations.

What are your future personal goals?
I never set out to become the winningest coach and we're really good at never getting ahead of ourselves. We focus on the present and now it's Queen's - it's as simple as that.

What's next is to continue to do what we've done perhaps a little better. Hopefully, we will realize the potential of this football team.

What was the difference between the Windsor and Waterloo games?
I think everyone had to soul search and try to come to grips with what was missing against Windsor. The thing that was most apparent was our lack of physical presense and our individual and collective absence of purpose. We didn't bring it to the field and once the game started we couldn't find it.

The biggest change was in our mental state of mind around the need to be physical and be the team that established the tempo.

-with files from Jordan Bell

WESTERN 62   WATERLOO 12

Passing
Chris Hessel:
14-21, 295 yards, 3 TDs

Receiving
Andy Taylor:
3 receptions, 103 yards, 2 TDs

Rushing
Drew Soleyn:
8 carries, 60 yards, 2 TDs
Randy McAuley:
7 carries, 60 yards, 1 TD

Defense
Greg Henderson: 8 tackles

 

 

 

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