Haylor sets milestone
in romp over Waterloo
By Ian Denomme
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
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
62 WATERLOO 12
14-21, 295 yards, 3 TDs
3 receptions, 103 yards, 2 TDs
8 carries, 60 yards, 2 TDs
7 carries, 60 yards, 1 TD
Greg Henderson: 8 tackles