Team History

Members of the 1996 Yates Cup winning team Defensive Line, including current Gryphon Coach Brian Cluff

Members of the 1996 Yates Cup winning team Defensive Line, including current Gryphon Coach Brian Cluff

The University of Guelph Gryphon Football Team plays its intercollegiate schedule in the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) division of the U Sports League in Canada.

The Guelph Gryphons began in 1950, before the University of Guelph was founded. At this time, the team was a representation of the Ontario Agricultural College and played in the Intercollegiate Intermediate Football Union.

In 1964, the team officially became the Guelph Gryphons, as that was the year the University was founded. In 1980, the Gryphons were one of the founding members to join the Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and continue to play there today.

The Gryphons are 4-time Yates Cup champions, winning in 1984, 1992, 1996, and 2015.

In 1984, the Gryphons also went on to win the Vanier Cup national championship.

Yates Cup 2015 Slideshow


full list of championship teams

2015 yates cup

A'Dre Fraser, Colin Mandich, Iain Hutchison, John Rush, Lucas Spagnuolo, Orion Edwards, Gabriel Ferraro, James Roberts, Royce Metchie, Mackenzie Myers, Curtis Newton, Daniel MacDonald, Theodore Landers, Kade Belyk, Ryan Nieuwesteeg, James Ingram, Tristan Douglin, Daniel Palmer-Salmon, Nicholas Parisotto, Jailon Bell, Johnny Augustine, Brandon Gordon, Shaquille Munroe, Derek Drouillard, Robert Carnegie, John Birnie, Patrick McGrath, Jordan Thompson, Andrew Graham, Cameron Wilhelm, Luke Korol, Job Reinhart, Zachary Bader-Shamai, Kyle Fraser-Audit, Jaylan Guthrie, Andrew Pickett, Matthew Toppan, Matthew Nesbitt, Jacob Scarfone, Patrick Gerrie, Colin Booth, Dylan Husty, Reza Shayani, Jelani Pascoe, Daniel Horta, Donnie Egerter, Gregory Corfield

1996/97 football OUAA

Wendall Adams, Abdul Afghan, William Armes, Mike Armstrong, Henry Bada, Matt Banting, Martin Bennett, Nathan Body, Matt Borghese, Mark Brosseau, Bill Brown, Brad Bunn, Sheldon Callender, Drew Callowhill, Chris Camboia, Dan Conroy, Matt Cowan, Jonathan Coyne, Dan Crabbe, Brent Dallimore, Chris Davies, Chris Eben, Brent Ellerson, Rob Emery, Cam Erwin, Wally Gabler, Nick Gallo, Dave Gemin, Scott Gordon, Matt Hammer, Kevin Harris, Tyler Huehmer, Jeff Keunen, Troy Leyburne, Jeff MacIntyre, Steve Marchese, Ray Martin, Dan Mayhew, John McEwen, Ian McQueen, Graham Meagher, Kevin Mellow, Mike Menkhorst, Rob Michitsch, Jeremy Oxley, Loren Padelford, Peter Partridge, Dan Peoples, Chris Portwood, Mike Ruff, Mike Ruthven, Joel Schettler, Adam Sherriff-Scott, Zac Silverthrone, Jeff Smith, Gerrit Stam, Jason Stoter, Krystian Stringer, Ryan Strom, Ryan Sydor, Brad Synnott, Joel Varty, Dave Vasseur, Bill Vastis, Collin Walker, Kyle Walters, Christoph Wand, Chris White, Terry Wiggan, Kip Wigmore, Kip Zavitz, training staff: Dr. Doug Friars, Geoffrey Dover, Carla Molloy, Guntis Obrascovs, Judy Woiceshyn, Jill McFarlane, Lisa MacNeil, Amy DuBreuil, equipment: Tony D’Angelo and Joe Varamo, mental training: Dan Yarmey, video: Sam Lucchese, assistants: Pat Tracey, Dudley Brown, Brian Cluff, Rudy Florio, John Lepore, Rob Pavan, Peter Robinson, Dave Shaw, Reg Valentinuzzi and head coach: Dan McNally.

1992/93 football ouaa

Reyhan Agaoglu, Chuck Assmann, Peter Barbaric, Peter Barnowski, Marc Beattie, Matt Bishop, Darryl Boyd, Stuart Braid, Mark Brosseau, Stephen Burns, Peter Clubb, Brent Dallimore, Alrick Daugherty, Stefan Demczyna, Lars De Pauw, Robert Di Gravio, Jason Dingethal, Shane Dougherty, Mark Dragich, Hugh Drennan, Ted Dyer, Derek Fawcett, Tom Freeman, Wally Gabler, Shawn Hagarty, Scot Hislop, Ryan Hunter, David Irwin, George Kapaclis, Peter Karimloo, Jason Keresztes, Robert Kitching, Mark Kowalyk, Harold Kroeker, Philip Lamont, John Leaver, David MacNeil, Robert MacRae, Justin Magnan, Raymond Martin, Brett McCallum, Steve McKee, Bill McLay, Mark Merlau, Brent Murton, Adam Mutton, Reg Norris, Michael O’Shea, David Pampe, Frank Panos, Robert Popkey, Kevin Reid, Brian Robinson, Trevor Rosine, Darryl Smith, Stephen Sopinka, Jim Stewart, Todd Storms, Michael Sutton, Heron Tait, Kevin Teneycke, Hugh Tharby, R.J. Torrijos, Bill Vastis, Dan Walker, Kyle Walters, Rob Wesseling, Kip Wigmore, managers: Don Bagg, Tony D’Angelo, Ed Malabre, Tom Bryce, Mike Laxton, Chris Sorenson, medical staff: Guntis Obrascovs, Dr. Doug Friars, Judy Woiceshyn, Jennifer LeBlanc, Kristine Lyons, Jill McFarlane, assistants: Dudley Brown, Brian Cluff, John Lepore, Bob McLay, Dennis McPhee, Marty Parker, John Sutton, Pat Tracey, Reg Valentinuzzi and head coach: Dan McNally.

1984/85 football ouaa

Ron Aimola, Gus Alevizos, Al Anonech, Rene Austriaco, Ricardo Bria, Dudley Brown, Mike Calzonetti, Brian Campbell, Scott Campbell, Parri Ceci, Brian Cluff, Ralph Cotter, Randy Dimitroff, Colin Elkin, Jim Farrell, Jeff Feagan, Jim Gibson, John Godry, Lou Godry, Grant Goodrich, Steven Henry, Byron Hodgson, Mark Hurst, Mike Knighton, Rick Kohler, John Lepore, John Lush, Brett Marshall, Craig McCormack, Paul McDermott, Steve McMillan, Robert Mitchell, Dave Moore, John O’Brien, Robert Pavan, Les Pyke, Tim Quirke, Paul Reid, Antonio Reis, Phil Reynolds, Steve Roberts, David Rogers, Blaine Schmidt, Peter Simpson, Darrell Skuse, Jed Tommy, Pat Tracey, Jeff Volpe, John Volpe, Randy Walters, Dan Welton, Dan Wicklum, Courtney Williams, Don Williams, Jeff Yanchus, team physician: Dr. J. MacLachlan, trainers: Julio Carlin, Lindy McCarthy, Colin Sim, Cindy Hughes, managers: Don Bagg, Chuck Lindley, Corey Grant, assistant coaches: Dick Brown, Rudy Florio, Jeff Hale, Dennis Hall, Peter Robinson, Reg Valentinuzzi and head coach: John Musselman.

1984/85 football ciau

Ron Aimola, Gus Alevizos, Al Anonech, Rene Austriaco, Ricardo Bria, Dudley Brown, Mike Calzonetti, Brian Campbell, Scott Campbell, Parri Ceci, Brian Cluff, Ralph Cotter, Randy Dimitroff, Colin Elkin, Jim Farrell, Jeff Feagan, Jim Gibson, John Godry, Lou Godry, Grant Goodrich, Steven Henry, Byron Hodgson, Mark Hurst, Mike Knighton, Rick Kohler, John Lepore, John Lush, Brett Marshall, Craig McCormack, Paul McDermott, Steve McMillan, Robert Mitchell, Dave Moore, John O’Brien, Robert Pavan, Les Pyke, Tim Quirke, Paul Reid, Antonio Reis, Phil Reynolds, Steve Roberts, David Rogers, Blaine Schmidt, Peter Simpson, Darrell Skuse, Jed Tommy, Pat Tracey, Jeff Volpe, John Volpe, Randy Walters, Dan Welton, Dan Wicklum, Courtney Williams, Don Williams, Jeff Yanchus, team physician: Dr. J. MacLachlan, trainers: Julio Carlin, Lindy McCarthy, Colin Sim, Cindy Hughes, managers: Don Bagg, Chuck Lindley, Corey Grant, assistant coaches: Dick Brown, Rudy Florio, Jeff Hale, Dennis Hall, Peter Robinson, Reg Valentinuzzi and head coach: John Musselman.

1959/60 football oiaa

Robbie Keith, C. Jackson, Murray Atkinson, B. Mitchell, D. Ward, Darwin Lund, Bill Mulchinock, Bob Black, Lloyd Banbury, Ray Skoropad, Harold Catt, Doug Rolllins, B. McCuaig, D. Hume, D. Varnell, D. Carter, John Wright, B. Lush, J. Henry, J. Wright, P. Bright, R. Pearn, G. Young, D. Hewitt, J. Burton, C. Krose, P. Morris, R. German, P. Greenhow, T. Sawyer, L. Wessman, managers: Chic Bohn, R. Shaw, D. Schaur, B. Weatherson, J. Burton, M. Francis, D. Taylor and R. Maughan, line coach: Baxter Holman and head coach: Tom Mooney.

1958/59 football ontario

Doug Rollins, Fred Black, Harry Erwin, Harold Catt, John McLintock, Curt Anderson, Bill Sirman, Bob Lewis, Terry Clifford, Dave Hume, Bert Stevenson, Jim Gardner, Tex Coulter, Bob Lush, Don Ward, Dick Carter, Bill Stuart, Tom Sawyer, Bill Mulchinock, John Henry, Harold Grunau, Robbie Keith, Murray Atkinson, Ray Skoropad, Bill Sproule, Ron Bogart, Carl Jackson, Bill Weber, Joe Brent, W. Stinson, J. Burton, managers: Bob Gilbert, Robbie Maughan, J.W. Stinson, manager: B. Culbert and coaches: Tom Mooney and Chico Mendoza.

1955/56 football oqaa co-champions

S. Brown, R.F. Roelfson, E. Wladyka, J. Brethet, J. Townsend, W. Gerrie, D. Mitchell, R. Marra, B. MacKay, S. MacLean, F. Kerr, C. Whitehead, D. Murphy, B. Hart, D. Simkin, P. Green, G. Steele, D. Francis, B. Billin, J. Lantink, R. Skoropad, I. Hamilton, B. Allen, B. Weber, B. Black, D. Campbell, M. Taylor, F. Brown, R. Thompson, B. Mitchell, B. Sproule, R. Bogart, R. Carrow, T. Roman, J. Curtis, D. Boynton, B. Wilson, manager: P. Lindley and coaches: J. Fry and J. Cote.

1949/50 intermediate football intercollegiate champions

Wally Boddington, Willy Karn, Knobby Anderson, Tony Calverley, Jim Neil, Bob Freeman, Doug Treleaven, Bob Brooks, Jack Cote, John Ghetti, Frank Duminy, Jack Strapp, Spook Graham, George Gray, Goomer Raithby, Bill Wharry, Harley Deeks, Mike Jarvis, Ken Pretty, Herm Tiessen, Ralph Farley, Lefty O’Donnell, Walt Alexander, Mike Calverley, Jack Reeves, Vic Jensen, Larry Burt, Hort Moore, Bernie Brennan, Henry Doseger, Norm Rosch, Whitey Dewart, Bill Medway, Bud Diehl, assistant manager: Steve Fancy, trainer: Bill Fitzgerald, assistant coach: Mot Motzok, line coach: Shiv Shivas, backfield coach: Jack Burnett, staff: Mac Baker, Port Porter, Earl Hunt, Professor Keegan and head coach, Bill Mitchell.

1948/49 intermediate football dominion champions

Kris Kristoff, Jimmy Neil, Tony Calverley, Joe Leggett, Doug Harcourt, Knob Anderson, Andy McConvey, Doug Treleaven, Mac Baker, Chuck Shields, John Gettie, Kev Kennedy, Spook Graham, George Gray, Red Park, Goomer Raithby, Doc Savage, Deeksie, Deeks, Frank Duminy, Jack Strapp, Jack Cote, Bill Dies, Lefty O’Donnel, Bob Brooks, Bob Freeman, Mike Calverley, Hort Moore, Bernie Brennan, Henry Doseger, Whitey Dewart, line coach: Shiv Shivas, trainer: Fitz Fitzgerad, business manager: Bob Avery, assistant managers: Dick Keegan, Norm Rosch, Jack Atkin, manager: Al McConney, backfield coach: Jack Burnett, assistant coach: Mot Motzok and head coach, Bill Mitchell.

1948/49 intermediate football intercollegiate champions

Kris Kristoff, Jimmy Neil, Tony Calverley, Joe Leggett, Doug Harcourt, Knob Anderson, Andy McConvey, Doug Treleaven, Mac Baker, Chuck Shields, John Gettie, Kev Kennedy, Spook Graham, George Gray, Red Park, Goomer Raithby, Doc Savage, Deeksie, Deeks, Frank Duminy, Jack Strapp, Jack Cote, Bill Dies, Lefty O’Donnel, Bob Brooks, Bob Freeman, Mike Calverley, Hort Moore, Bernie Brennan, Henry Doseger, Whitey Dewart, line coach: Shiv Shivas, trainer: Fitz Fitzgerad, business manager: Bob Avery, assistant managers: Dick Keegan, Norm Rosch, Jack Atkin, manager: Al McConney, backfield coach: Jack Burnett, assistant coach: Mot Motzok and head coach, Bill Mitchell.

1947/48 intermediate football dominion champions

Doug Harcourt, Kev Kennedy, Bernie Brennan, Mac Baker, Pat White, Knob Anderson, Spike Matthews, Whitey Dewart, Goomer Raithby, Jo-Jo Leggett, Doc Savage, Harley Deeks, Hort Moore, Spook Graham, Shiv Shivas, Buzz Harvey, Jim Neil, Joe Kristoff, Andy McConvey, Pierre Cote, Frank Duminy, George Gray, Dad Packman, Normie Rosch, John Ghetti, Hank Doseger, Mike Calverly, Tony Calverly, assistant managers: Greg Peck and Al McConney, manager: Dicker Keegan, busniness manager: Bob Avery, trainer: Fitz Fitzgerald and head coach: Bob Mitchell.

1939/40 intermediate football dominion champions

John Long, Deac Groves, Ken Smith, Jim Follwell, Jess Andrew, Brick Privett, prop manager: Harry Avery, trainer: Bill Fitzgerald, “Handsome” Darrach, “Jo-Jo” Fraser, Ross Junke, Steve Shivas, “Mac” McDiarmid, “Sarg” Filman, Bob Hazel, “Mush” Marshall, Jim Kenney, “Dimple” Winslow, “Shuffle” Carroll, “Slap-Happy” Chapman, Bill Dobbin, Al Smith, “Baby Face” Reeves, “Spike Reynolds, Bob McIlveen, John Shivas, “Chuck” Belchamber, “Sam” Slemon, Roscoe Gilbart, assistant manager: “Cuffy” Hobbs, manager: “Fot” Kennedy and head coach: Fred “Baldy” Baldwin.

1938/39 intermediate football dominion champions

Teddy Bugg, Sam Slemon, Bobby McIlveen, Bob Burgess, Scrapheap Junke, Speedball Wilkes, Shiver Shivas,, Tiny Andrews, Biff Viens, Chuck Belchanber, Mighty Smith, Lindy Leckie, Spike Reynolds, Dobber Dobbin, Egghead Fraser, Diz Hayes, Prof Follwell, Tugboat Turner, Harry Avery, Christmas Carrol, Sarg Filman, Joe Wright, Chappie Chapman, Champ Privett, Saul Seymour, Handsome Willoughby, assistant manager, Junior Watson, manager, Fot Kennedy, assistant coach: Gigger Brown, honorary coach: Doc Stone and head coach: Baldy Baldwin.

1936/37 rugby football dominion champions

Ross Chapman, Jim Folwell, Dick Anderson, John Rodney, W. F. Baldy Baldwin, Tiger Warman, Bob Burgess, Connie Filman, Papoose Craig, Hook Macdonald, Mighty Smith, Baby Leroy Wilson, Speedball Wilkes, Jackie Heeg, Fitch Fitchet, Gut Robertson, Irongut Smees, Ed Leckie, Jabe Gartshore, Mac McDiarmid, Jigger Brown, Red Powell, Stew Phoenix, Dal Dalrymple, Joe Fraser, Bill Mitchell, Flash Morgan, Root Alexander, trainer: Bill Carrothers, assistant manager: Senator Little, manager: Tadpole Hutchison, assistant coaches: Doc Stone and Archie Porter and head coach: F.G. Baldwin.

1936/37 rugby football intercollegiate champions

Ross Chapman, Jim Folwell, Dick Anderson, John Rodney, W. F. Baldy Baldwin, Tiger Warman, Bob Burgess, Connie Filman, Papoose Craig, Hook Macdonald, Mighty Smith, Baby Leroy Wilson, Speedball Wilkes, Jackie Heeg, Fitch Fitchet, Gut Robertson, Irongut Smees, Ed Leckie, Jabe Gartshore, Mac McDiarmid, Jigger Brown, Red Powell, Stew Phoenix, Dal Dalrymple, Joe Fraser, Bill Mitchell, Hash Morgan, Root Alexander, trainer: Bill Carrothers, assistant manager: Senator Little, manager: Tadpole Hutchison, assistant coaches: Doc Stone and Archie Porter and head coach: F.G. Baldwin.

1933/34 rugby football intercollegiate champions

Poker Mills, Bill Mitchell, Sphinx Keith, Will J. Jennings, Haley Hales, Tuffy Fitzgibbon, Hook Borisuk, Brownie Brown, Dick Berry, Ed Groesser, Handsome Elliot, Roy Smees, Bruno Pollock, Johnny Carter, Jake Richardson, Bull Folland, Flash Wright, Butch Easton, Ken Campbell, Mobo Langdon, Dick Hutton, Hank Macdonald, Frank Wolff, Bert Doucette, Jack Graham, Scott Pannet, trainer: Carrothers, assistant manager Smith, manager Young, assistant coaches, Porter, Stane and Squirrell and head coach: F.G. Baldwin.

1933/34 rugby football canadian intermediate champions

Poker Mills, Bill Mitchell, Sphinx Keith, Will J. Jennings, Haley Hales, Tuffy Fitzgibbon, Hook Borisuk, Brownie Brown, Dick Berry, Ed Groesser, Handsome Elliot, Roy Smees, Bruno Pollock, Johnny Carter, Jake Richardson, Bull Folland, Flash Wright, Butch Easton, Ken Campbell, Mobo Langdon, Dick Hutton, Hank Macdonald, Frank Wolff, Bert Doucette, Jack Graham, Scott Pannet, trainer: Carrothers, assistant manager Smith, manager Young, assistant coaches, Porter, Stane and Squirrell and head coach: F.G. Baldwin.

1932/33 rugby football intercollegiate champions

Johnny Carter, Sonny Wood, Sid Henry, Moon Kellough, Bill Jennings, Bill Turnbull, Sphinx Keith, Bruno Pollock, Dick Berry, Len Peer, Finger Langdon, Sammy Graham, Nosey McIntyre, Wildcat Gollehon, Haley Hales, Monty Montgomery, Handsome Elliott, Pride of Bermuda West, Poker Face Mills, Cowboy Arkell, Hook Borisuk, Jake Richardson, Bull Folland, Tuffy Fitzgibbon, Tanker Shrum, mascot: Harold Steckle, trainer: Gill Wallace, senior manager: Cambort Reid, assistant manager: Jook Appleton, assistant coaches: Archie Porter, Dr. R.E. Stone, Professor R.G. Knox and Professor W.J. Squirrell and head coach: F.G. Baldwin.

1932/33 rugby football canadian intermediate intercollegiate champions

Johnny Carter, Sonny Wood, Sid Henry, Moon Kellough, Bill Jennings, Bill Turnbull, Sphinx Keith, Bruno Pollock, Dick Berry, Len Peer, Finger Langdon, Sammy Graham, Nosey McIntyre, Wildcat Gollehon, Haley Hales, Monty Montgomery, Handsome Elliott, Pride of Bermuda West, Poker Face Mills, Cowboy Arkell, Hook Borisuk, Jake Richardson, Bull Folland, Tuffy Fitzgibbon, Tanker Shrum, mascot: Harold Steckle, trainer: Gill Wallace, senior manager: Cambort Reid, assistant manager: Jook Appleton, assistant coaches: Archie Porter, Dr. R.E. Stone, Professor R.G. Knox and Professor W.J. Squirrell and head coach: F.G. Baldwin.