York Lions

The York Lions is the official name for the athletic varsity teams that represent York University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The university's varsity teams compete in the Ontario University Athletics conference of U Sports and, where applicable, in the east division. The Lion's logo features a red lion from the school's logo with the university's colours, red and white.

York Lions
UniversityYork University
AssociationU Sports
ConferenceOntario University Athletics
Athletic directorJennifer Myers
LocationToronto, Ontario
Varsity teams9 men, 9 women
Football stadiumAlumni Field
ArenaCanlan Ice Sports - York
Other arenasTait McKenzie Centre, Toronto Track and Field Centre, York Lions Stadium
Tennis courtAviva Centre
ColoursRed and White

York's former teams were known as the York Yeomen and York Yeowomen, but changed their name to the gender-neutral Lions in 2003.

Interuniversity sport teams

Lions women's ice hockey

The York Lions women's ice hockey team competes in the 10-team Ontario University Athletics conference and finished their 2010-11 season with an 11-16 record. The team's head coach is Dan Church, who is entering his eighth year with the team in the 2011-12 season.

Lions men's soccer

Since the hiring of head coach Carmine Isacco in 2007, the Lions have won 6 Ontario University Athletics conference championships (2007, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018), and 4 U Sports national championships (2008, 2010, 2014, 2015).

The Lions' 2008 U Sports championship was York's first national championship in any sport in 18 years, and their first soccer championship since 1977.[1]

Lions football

York Lions
York Lions logo
First season1968
Athletic directorJennifer Myers
Head coachWarren Craney
10th year, 13670  (.163)
Other StaffKamau Peterson (OC)
Sammy Okpro (DC)
Home StadiumAlumni Field (York University)
Year built1995
Stadium capacity2500
Stadium surfaceFieldTurf
LocationToronto, Ontario
LeagueU Sports
ConferenceOUA (1980 - present)
Past associationsCCIFC (1969-1970)
OUAA (1971-1973)
OQIFC (1974-1979)
All-time record 
Postseason record 
Vanier Cups0
Yates Cups0
Hec Crighton winners0
Current uniform
ColoursRed, White, and Grey
RivalsToronto Varsity Blues

The York Lions football team has been in continuous operation since 1968 and are one of two teams currently playing in U Sports football to have never won a conference championship.[2] The other team, the Sherbrooke Vert et Or, did not begin their current program until 2003. Their current head coach is Warren Craney, who became the team's head coach before the 2010 season.[3]

The program has been one of futility, finishing out of the playoffs each year since 2005. After Queen's and Ottawa joined the OUA in 2001, the playoffs were expanded to include eight teams, meaning that the Lions would make the playoffs for four consecutive seasons.[4] This format was discontinued after the 2003 season, so the Lions did not qualify for post-season play in 2005. In 2012, the Lions finished with a 2-6 record, the most wins for the program since 2005 and in 7th place, their highest finish in eight years. In 2013, the team finished 8th overall in the OUA, matching their previous season's record of 2-6. Following the 2013 season, head coach Warren Craney signed a contract extension with York University to remain at the helm of the program.[5] During the next two seasons, the Lions took a step backward as they recorded no wins in 2014 and one in 2015. The team had a 2-6 2016 record, showing some improvement, but regressed the following year with a one-win season in 2017. The Lions won three games in 2018, which was their highest win total in 13 years, but still finished outside of playoff contention. The Lions again regressed following a stronger year, with a 1-7 finish in 2019.

Season-by-season record

The following is the record of the York Lions football team since 2000:

20008350.375992056th in OUADid not qualify
20018350.3751532168th in OUALost to McMaster Marauders in quarter-final 62-0
20028530.6251211135th in OUADefeated Ottawa Gee-Gees in quarter-final 12-4
Lost to McMaster Marauders in semi-final 29–14
20038350.3751612517th in OUALost to Queen's Golden Gaels in quarter-final 27-6
20048350.3752202376th in OUALost to Western Mustangs in quarter-final 54-18
20058350.3751132948th in OUADid not qualify
20068170.1251342249th in OUADid not qualify
20078170.125902799th in OUADid not qualify
20088080.0003247110th in OUADid not qualify
20098080.0009741410th in OUADid not qualify
20108080.000734169th in OUADid not qualify
20118170.125902419th in OUADid not qualify
20128260.2501922747th in OUADid not qualify
20138260.2501793328th in OUADid not qualify
20148080.0006338211th in OUADid not qualify
20158170.12512136710th in OUADid not qualify
20168260.2501713849th in OUADid not qualify
20178170.12516334010th in OUADid not qualify
20188350.3751722979th in OUADid not qualify
20198170.12512227211th in OUADid not qualify

York Lions in the CFL

As of the start of the 2019 CFL season, four former Lions players are on CFL teams' rosters:

See also


  1. http://www.yorku.ca/sprtyork/MediaReleases/Archive/Release.asp?Release=2622
  2. 50th Anniversary
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 7, 2011. Retrieved May 7, 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 27, 2011. Retrieved May 7, 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. http://yfile.news.yorku.ca/2013/11/20/york-university-extends-warren-craneys-term-as-head-coach-of-the-football-program/
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