Mac football, Quinlan haul in more honours

McMaster quarterback Kyle Quinlan (South Woodslee) and Guelph rugby standout Jacey Murphy (Alliston) were named Ontario University Athletics Athletes of the Year the 2012 OUA Honour Awards Banquet.

Quinlan and Murphy are the second class of OUA Athletes of the Year, and follow up last season’s inaugural award winners, Windsor’s Jessica Clemençon (St. Rambert, France) and Carleton’s Tyson Hinz (Ottawa).

In 2011, Quinlan, a fourth-year economics student, had one of the greatest playoff runs in recent memory to lead the McMaster Marauders to their first-ever Canadian Interuniversity Sport football national championship. In what is considered by many to be the greatest CIS football game ever played, Quinlan racked up 482 yards and two majors on a 36-of-55 passing show, while also rushing for a team-high 106 yards. Despite only appearing in five regular season outings, he was named to the second all-Canadian team after he averaged a CIS-best 342 passing yards per game. The 6-foot-3, 215 pound senior earned game-MVP honours following each of the last three duels of the campaign.

McMaster Football named OUA Team of the Year

The McMaster Marauders football team took home the OUA Team of the Year award. The Marauders entered the campaign as one of the top contenders for the Yates Cup, and aside from an early season loss to the Western Mustangs, won every subsequent game en route to their first Vanier Cup title. This past season, the Marauders boasted seven OUA First Team All-Stars, OUA MVP Michael DiCroce (Hamilton), President’s Trophy winner Ryan Chmiewlewski (St. Catharines), and Dalt White Trophy winner Quinlan.

The Marauders football team is the second OUA team to be named Team of the Year, following up inaugural winner Windsor Lancers women’s basketball, who took the title in 2011.

Murphy, a No. 8 player in her fifth year of eligibility, led the conference with 12 tries in five games, as the Gryphons outscored their opponents by a 453-8 margin. The Gryphons continued to dominate in the playoffs, and took home its fourth consecutive OUA championship banner, and second CIS title in program history. During the regular season, Murphy was recognized by both OUA and CIS coaches, who voted her as MVP. She also earned all-Canadian status and was named a CIS championship all-star.

Pioneer Energy, the presenting sponsor for the OUA Athletes of the Year, provided a monetary award to each recipient to go towards educational expenses.

Western Mustangs track and field coach Vicki Croley and Queen’s women’s soccer coach Dave McDowell were named the 2011-12 Fox 40 OUA Coaches of the Year.

Iconic York University basketball coach Bob Bain was this year’s recipient of the John McManus Award, presented by Game Tape Exchange, given to a retired OUA coach who exemplifies the highest ideals and qualities of sportsmanship and service while engaged in coaching in university sport. The longest-serving head coach at York finished his unprecedented 37th season with the Lions men’s basketball team is 2009-10. In his nearly four decades with the squad, Bain’s teams made the playoffs 35 times. He led York to 11 OUA East division championships and six OUA championships, and he also took his team to the CIS national championship eight times, winning the bronze medal in 1978 and 1979. He has coached 14 All-Canadians and over 80 OUA All-stars. Bain amassed more than 700 victories during his tenure, including exhibition, regular season and playoff action.

Mike Koreen of the Ottawa Sun is the 2012 recipient of the OUA Media Award of Distinction.