CIS Honours Memory of Laurier Alumnus, Larry Uteck
Halifax, NS (CIS) – Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) is pleased to announce that the CIS Football semi-final Bowl game previously known as the Churchill Bowl has been renamed the “Uteck Bowl”, in memory of Mr. Larry Uteck, former Director of Athletics & Recreation and long-time football coach at Saint Mary’s University, who passed away on December 25, 2002. "Canadian Interuniversity Sport is very proud to honour the memory of Mr. Larry Uteck, whose contribution to Canadian university sport over the last two decades has been remarkable", commented Drew Love, President of CIS. We look forward to the inaugural Uteck Bowl which fittingly will be played in Mr. Uteck's backyard, in Halifax. CIS hopes that the renaming of both the Mitchell and Uteck Bowls in the last 18 months is only the beginning of a new era of success for university football in Canada."
Phil Currie, Executive Director of Atlantic University Sport, added: “We are very excited that Canadian Interuniversity Sport has agreed to a suggestion from Atlantic University Sport to rename the Churchill Bowl the “Uteck Bowl” in honour of the outstanding contributions Larry has made to the game of football and university sport in general. This is a way of ensuring that Larry's legacy lives on in CIS. We feel that this a very fitting opportunity to celebrate Larry's contributions annually.” According to Mrs. Sue Uteck, there is no doubt that her late husband would have been deeply honoured by the gesture. "Our family is deeply honoured that the CIS family of schools would bestow this honour on Larry. He would have been deeply touched by this. He loved nothing more than to watch student-athletes come together as individuals and to strive for achievements. It was never the win for Larry, it was always in the try."
The inaugural Uteck Bowl will be played on November 15, 2003 when the Canada West champions visit the Atlantic University Sport champions. Also on November 15, the Mitchell Bowl will see the Quebec Intercollegiate Football Conference representatives visit the Ontario University Athletics representatives. The 2003 Vanier Cup, CIS’ championship game, is scheduled for November 22 at Toronto’s SkyDome.
Larry Uteck was born October 9, 1952 in Thornhill, Ontario. During his distinguished career and life, he was Director of Athletics and Recreation at Saint Mary's University, football coach, Deputy Mayor of the Halifax Regional Municipality, HRM Councillor, City of Halifax Alderman, Canadian Football League player and all-star.
Mr. Uteck attended the University of Colorado (1970-73) on scholarship, and then Wilfrid Laurier University (1973-74). Following University, he played with Toronto, BC, Ottawa, and Montreal in the Canadian Football League (CFL) and was named Conference All-Star in 1974, 1975, and 1976 He served his fellow players as their League Representative in 1976.
He joined Saint Mary's in 1982, and became Head Football Coach of the Huskies in 1983 and continued through 1997, compiling a winning record. He was named AUAA Coach of the Year in 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, and 1992. He was named CIAU Coach of the Year in 1988 and 1992. His teams appeared in five Atlantic Bowls and three Vanier Cups. In 1995, he was named interim Director of Athletics and Recreation and was formally appointed Director in 1997, a position in which he continued until his death.
He also worked for the larger Halifax community, notably as Deputy Mayor of HRM, and was the champion of the Halifax Harbour Solutions Project. His deep love for his community took him into municipal politics and he was elected Alderman for the City of Halifax, Ward 5. He served two years (1994-95) and was elected to the first Halifax Regional Municipal Council for District 13 (Northwest Arm-Southend), where he served from 1995-1999. His quiet, but tenacious and thoughtful leadership saw him elected Deputy Mayor in 1998. He served with distinction on numerous HRM Committees including the Downtown Business Commission, Neptune Theatre, and the Halifax Port Corporation. His wife, Sue succeeded him as Councillor for District 13 in 1999.
His remarkable leadership and vision were recognized when he was named a Member of the Order of Canada in October 2002. It was one of the few honours he would accept following the diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
(ALS) in 1997. The other was the naming of "Larry Uteck Boulevard" in February 2000.
The CIS Bowls
The Churchill Bowl, now “Uteck Bowl”, was originally created for the Canadian University football competition in the late 50’s and 60’s. With the advent of the Vanier Cup, the Churchill Bowl game was discontinued. From 1968 to 1988, the national semi-final game staged opposite the Atlantic Bowl was variously known as the Western Bowl, the Forest City Bowl and the Central Bowl. In 1989, CIS reinstated the trophy for annual presentation to the winner of one of the national semi-final games.
In 2002, CIS had already renamed the Atlantic Bowl “Mitchell Bowl” in honour of Mr. Doug Mitchell. That year, CIS also adopted a rotating bowl format, which allows each of the four conferences an opportunity to host a semi-final Bowl game. Starting this season, the Mitchell Bowl will be played as the Western-most Bowl game and the Uteck Bowl will be the Eastern-most Bowl game.
Here is a look at CIS’ Bowl match-ups for coming seasons:
- 2003 Uteck Bowl (November 15): Canada West at AUS
- 2003 Mitchell Bowl (November 15): QIFC at OUA
- 2004 Uteck Bowl: OUA at QIFC
- 2004 Mitchell Bowl: AUS at Canada West
- 2005 Uteck Bowl: OUA at AUS
- 2005 Mitchell Bowl: QIFC at Canada West