Former University of Saskatchewan head coach Brian Towriss inducted into Canada West Hall of Fame

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Legendary University of Saskatchewan head coach Brian Towriss is being enshrined in the Canada West Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2023-24.

Towriss started his career at the University of Saskatchewan as a player in 1974, suiting up in four seasons as a defensive tackle before moving into coaching. He was named the Huskies’ head coach in 1984 and went on to spend 33 seasons at the helm, retiring in 2017 as U Sports’ all-time winningest coach with 196 victories.

During his time in Saskatoon, Towriss led Saskatchewan to 11 Hardy Cup victories and was named Canada West Coach of the Year seven times. The Huskies made nine Vanier Cup appearances over that span, winning championships in 1990, 1996, and 1998. He was also awarded U Sports Coach of the Year in 1994.

In 300 career games on the sidelines, the native of Moose Jaw, Sask. posted a remarkable .622 winning percentage and fielded 71 All-Canadians. He saw 47 players advance to the CFL level and one go on to the NFL.

Towriss was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame as a builder in 2017.