EDMONTON – From his first step onto campus to the last day in his office, Lyle Sanderson’s 44-year journey at the University of Saskatchewan is highly revered.
The longtime Huskies track and field coach was inducted Friday into the Canada West Hall of Fame, as the conference's celebration of 100 years of university sport in Western Canada continued.
Sanderson came to the U of S in 1960 as a student-athlete, competing on both the cross country and track and field teams while studying in the College of Physical Education.
Not long after graduating in 1965, Sanderson was appointed head coach of Saskatchewan’s track and field program. That posting would last 39 years, over which time Sanderson became one of the most decorated coaches of any sport in Canadian university history.
Sanderson led the Huskies to 10 national titles, beginning with the cross-country crown in 1968. He later guided Saskatchewan teams to nine track and field national titles. He also coached 33 conference championship-winning teams.
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ABOUT THE CANADA WEST HALL OF FAME
For the last century, organized university sport has been a central part of the student experience at institutions across Western Canada. Beginning with the University of Manitoba capturing the first Western Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union (WCIAU) men's hockey banner in 1919-20, student-athletes have been competing to reach their full potential in sport and the classroom, while enriching campus life.
To commemorate 100 years of university sport across Western Canada, the Canada West Hall of Fame was created in the spring of 2019, with the first induction class set to be unveiled throughout the 2019-20 season.