Brian Cluff - Defensive Line Coach


Coach Cluff is entering his 32nd year with the Gryphon Football program (27 years as a coach and five years as a player). Brian has also coached the defensive line with Team Ontario at the Canada Cup. In 2013, 2015, and 2016 he also coached the Defensive Line for Team Ontario Selects vs. Team USA in the International Bowl in Texas. In 2011 Coach Cluff was the recipient of the OUA and the CIS "Assistant Coach of the Year Award". In addition, Coach Cluff was also recognized for his commitment and excellence to Athletics and Coaching by the University of Guelph and was awarded the Dr. John T. Powell Award. Coach Cluff has the distinction of having been a part of all four of the Gryphon Football Yates Cup Championship team (1984 as a player, 1992, 1996, and 2015 as a coach).

As a player he was a five-year starter playing defensive end for the Gryphons from 1982-1986. He was a member of the 1984 Vanier Cup National Championship Team and was drafted in the CFL by the Toronto Argonauts in 1986. As a player, Coach Cluff still holds the Gryphon Football Player Record for "Most Career Starts" at 50 games. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts and received his Bachelor of Education Degree from Mount Allison University. Coach Cluff is a NCCP certified coach and has presented at numerous football clinics and camps over the years. He teaches at Guelph Collegiate High School, lives in Guelph and is married to Sue Knox and has a daughter named Alexandra.