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The University of Saskatchewan has apologized for their handling of the announced resignation of Head Coach Brian Towriss last week.
After a hastily called news conference last Monday, where the Huskies Head Coach of 33 years announced he was stepping down, there has been significant push-back from the community as well as current and former Huskie athletes.
Yesterday on the Huskie athletics website an apology (below) from University of Saskatchewan President Peter Stoicheff was published. However, a news release or media availability was not issued.
The Huskies hope to name an interim Head Coach next month with a full-time replacement in place by the end of February.
A message from President Stoicheff and Coach Brian Towriss
Dec 27, 2016
Statement from University of Saskatchewan President Peter Stoicheff
After 33 years as head coach of the University of Saskatchewan Huskies football team, Brian Towriss is stepping down.
Affectionately known as BT, Towriss, made the announcement Monday afternoon after four decades with the Huskie Athletics football program. Towriss took over the Huskie program in 1984 after serving as an assistant coach to Val Schneider since 1980. He spent four seasons as a defensive lineman for the Huskies from 1974-77 and was named a conference all-star in 1974.
Towriss, 60, holds the national record in wins by a football coach at 196 and has coached the most games in University sport with 315.
“I want to thank all of those that have supported me throughout my career at the University of Saskatchewan and all of the fans in Huskie Nation,” said Towriss. “I have had a fulfilling and wonderful career here. It wouldn’t have been possible without the support of my wife, Vicki, and my two wonderful children, Kellie and Jake. I have also had the pleasure of working with a loyal group of coaches and support staff that have shared my vision and passion for the program for a longtime. I am proud to say that we won a lot of football games and we did it with honesty, respect and hard work. I wish the program continued success and a return to national prominence.”
The Moose Jaw native has led Saskatchewan to three Vanier Cup titles, 11 Hardy Cup titles and nine Vanier Cup appearances. He is a nine-time Canada West coach of the year and one-time national coach of the year. In his tenure, 154 Huskies have been named conference all-stars, 71 All-Canadians and 160 to a Huskie or national all-academic team. He has coached 47 players who went on to play in the CFL.
He joined an elite group in 2007 when he was handed Saskatchewan’s highest honour by the Government of Saskatchewan, the Order of Merit.
“BT has had a long distinguished career as a coach, but moreover as a well-respected leader in sport across the Canada West and U Sports,” said athletic director and long-time friend Basil Hughton. “He has impacted many young athletes, coaches and staff throughout his years of service as their mentor and friend. BT has devoted countless hours to the University of Saskatchewan as an ambassador promoting our University to not only prospective athletes but to many other audiences across Canada.
Basil Hughton announced Monday morning he will retire after nine seasons as the University of Saskatchewan’s director of athletics and nearly 40 years in education.
“For nine years, Basil Hughton has been instrumental in the development and growth of Huskie Athletics at the University of Saskatchewan,” said Dean of the College of Kinesiology Dr. Chad London. “He has shown tremendous commitment and leadership within the College, our University, the Canada West and to our student-athletes. He has played a major role in the many academic and athletic successes the students and coaching staffs have achieved. I personally, and on behalf of the College and Dean’s Leadership Team, want to thank Basil for his contributions and leadership at the University of Saskatchewan.”
Hughton started at Huskie Athletics in the 2008-09 season. Under his leadership, the university’s athletics department has won two program-first national basketball titles and 15 Canada West championships. He has seen almost 1,300 student-athletes named to either the national or school All-Academic teams. Hughton also guided Huskie Athletics to a successful bid to host the 2013 and 2014 University Cup men’s hockey championships, and the 2015 men’s volleyball championship.
His leadership extended into the Canada West and the Saskatoon community, serving on the conference Board of Directors for six years — two as president, as well as the Board of Saskatoon of Sport Tourism. He has been chairperson for a number of conference committees including the membership committee, the WHL-partnership group and as sport liaison for women’s hockey, men’s hockey and football.
Hockey Canada has awarded the 2019 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship to the cities of Vancouver and Victoria. Winnipeg and Saskatoon partnered in a bid to host the 2019 event.
“While we’re disappointed that Winnipeg and Saskatoon did not secure the championship this time around, Saskatoon Sports Tourism would like to congratulate Vancouver and Victoria and its bid committee for successfully landing this world-class hockey event,” said Hugh Vassos, Project Development Consultant with Saskatoon Sports Tourism. “The competition for the 2019 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship was extremely competitive and there were strong hockey markets from across Canada interested in hosting. Our fans can be proud knowing the Winnipeg and Saskatoon bid met or exceeded every measurable aspect of Hockey Canada’s criteria, leaving us well positioned to bid on the event in the future.”
“We would like to thank Saskatoon Sports Tourism, the City of Saskatoon, the Province of Saskatchewan, the Saskatoon Blades and SaskTel Centre for their commitments and expressions of interest in supporting our bid for 2019,” said Jonathan Huntington, Saskatoon’s bid committee chair.