Laval head coach Glen Constantin breaks U Sports all-time wins record with 197th career victory

Photo courtesy: Laval Rouge et Or

Canadian university football has a new all-time winningest coach after the Laval Rouge et Or secured head coach Glen Constantin his 197th career victory with a 22-3 win over the rival Montreal Carabins on Sunday.

Constantin now boasts a lifetime record of 197-38, surpassing the previous U Sports record holder, long-time Saskatchewan Huskies head coach Brian Towriss, and his record of 196-118-1. It took Towriss 33 seasons in Saskatoon to achieve that mark, while Constantin has beaten the feat in just 21 seasons at the helm.

Unofficially, there were more than 18,000 fans on hand at Stade Telus in Quebec City to witness the historic moment, as Laval avenged a 21-18 loss to Montreal earlier this season and moved into first place in the RSEQ.

Constantin took over the Rouge et Or program in 2001, twice being named U Sports Coach of the Year while building the school into a Canadian dynasty. Laval has posted just one losing season during his tenure — going 0-8 in his first campaign — and have since claimed 14 Dunsmore Cups as the Quebec conference champions and 10 Vanier Cups as the top team in Canada.

A former linebacker and defensive lineman for the University of Ottawa Gee-Gees, Constantin began his coaching career with the Bishop’s Gaiters in 1991, spending four years as defensive coordinator. He spent one season south of the border as a linebackers coach at the University of Houston, before returning to the Canadian university ranks as Laval’s defensive coordinator in 1996.

The 57-year-old native of Quebec City has led his team to a 6-1 record this season. Laval was ranked at number four in last week’s U Sports Top Ten but are likely to climb after beating the third-ranked Carabins.