Former Canadian Football League great Neil Lumsden is the new head coach of the Burlington Braves.
The prominent Canadian sports personality will guide the Ontario Football Conference junior Braves through the 2011 season. Lumsden will bring his award-winning player experience form the Edmonton Eskimos, management experience with the Ticats, the Ottawa GeeGees and his championship coaching experience, most recently with the Burlington Varsity Stampeders where he logged a 28-4 record and two titles in three years.
Lumsden won three Grey Cups with the Eskimos from 1980 to ’82 and again with the Ticats as general manager in 1999. In the 1981 Grey Cup game, Lumsden with eight receptions for 91 yards plus a carry for two yards was selected as the Outstanding Canadian.
In 10 CFL seasons Lumsden played in 141 regular season games and carried the ball 767 times for 3,755 yards and scored 36 touchdowns. He also had 180 receptions for 1,729 yards and 15 more touchdowns. Several times during his career he was called on to fill in as a placekicker and punter.Lumsden joins the legacy of Braves head coaches who include former CFL greats Dick Brown, Bobby Dawson, Ian Sunter, Al Brenner, Tony Marrone and hall of famer Bernie Custis.
“With Neil’s in-depth football knowledge, extensive experience and excellent coaching skills we are putting the Braves back on the map.” said Larry Irish, president of the Braves.
Irish has also put in place a new general manager, Michael Ramsay, and assistant general manager Scott Boumeester. Together they have created a large team to support the Braves effort to reach the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) championships.
The Burlington Braves have been a force in Canadian football for 54 years with seven national championship appearances. The team’s heritage includes the likes of David Braley, Peter Dalla Riva, John Michaluk, Lee Knight, John Bonk, Tony Gabriel, Dave Dinnall. The Braves rich heritage is part of its sustainability. The team’s alumni are the driving force in the on-going support and development of the Braves organization.