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.
|Conference||Ontario University Athletics|
|Athletic director||Jennifer Myers|
|Varsity teams||9 men, 9 women|
|Football stadium||Alumni Field|
|Arena||Canlan Ice Sports - York|
|Other arenas||Tait McKenzie Centre, Toronto Track and Field Centre, York Lions Stadium|
|Tennis court||Aviva Centre|
|Colours||Red 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 teamsEdit
- Badminton, basketball, volleyball, wrestling, water polo, and swimming are played at the Tait McKenzie Centre.
- Cross Country and track & field events are held at the Metro Toronto Track and Field Centre
- Football, rugby, and soccer games are played at York Stadium.
- Hockey games are played at Canlan Ice Sports - York
- Tennis games are played at the Aviva Centre
Lions women's ice hockeyEdit
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 soccerEdit
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.
|Athletic director||Jennifer Myers|
|Head coach||Warren Craney|
10th year, 13–67–0 (.163)
|Other Staff||Kamau Peterson (OC)|
Sammy Okpro (DC)
|Home Stadium||Alumni Field (York University)|
|Conference||OUA (1980 - present)|
|Past associations||CCIFC (1969-1970)|
|Hec Crighton winners||0|
|Colours||Red, White, and Grey|
|Rivals||Toronto 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. 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.
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. 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. 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.
The following is the record of the York Lions football team since 2000:
|2000||8||3||5||0.375||99||205||6th in OUA||Did not qualify|
|2001||8||3||5||0.375||153||216||8th in OUA||Lost to McMaster Marauders in quarter-final 62-0|
|2002||8||5||3||0.625||121||113||5th in OUA||Defeated Ottawa Gee-Gees in quarter-final 12-4|
Lost to McMaster Marauders in semi-final 29–14
|2003||8||3||5||0.375||161||251||7th in OUA||Lost to Queen's Golden Gaels in quarter-final 27-6|
|2004||8||3||5||0.375||220||237||6th in OUA||Lost to Western Mustangs in quarter-final 54-18|
|2005||8||3||5||0.375||113||294||8th in OUA||Did not qualify|
|2006||8||1||7||0.125||134||224||9th in OUA||Did not qualify|
|2007||8||1||7||0.125||90||279||9th in OUA||Did not qualify|
|2008||8||0||8||0.000||32||471||10th in OUA||Did not qualify|
|2009||8||0||8||0.000||97||414||10th in OUA||Did not qualify|
|2010||8||0||8||0.000||73||416||9th in OUA||Did not qualify|
|2011||8||1||7||0.125||90||241||9th in OUA||Did not qualify|
|2012||8||2||6||0.250||192||274||7th in OUA||Did not qualify|
|2013||8||2||6||0.250||179||332||8th in OUA||Did not qualify|
|2014||8||0||8||0.000||63||382||11th in OUA||Did not qualify|
|2015||8||1||7||0.125||121||367||10th in OUA||Did not qualify|
|2016||8||2||6||0.250||171||384||9th in OUA||Did not qualify|
|2017||8||1||7||0.125||163||340||10th in OUA||Did not qualify|
|2018||8||3||5||0.375||172||297||9th in OUA||Did not qualify|
|2019||8||1||7||0.125||122||272||11th in OUA||Did not qualify|
York Lions in the CFLEdit
As of the start of the 2019 CFL season, four former Lions players are on CFL teams' rosters:
- 50th Anniversary
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- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 27, 2011. Retrieved May 7, 2011.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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