Gord Currie

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Gord Currie began teaching high school students at Regina’s Balfour Tech in 1950, when he also started coaching the football team.  At one stage the Balfour Redmen won 40 straight games.  While coaching at Balfour his football teams won eight Saskatchewan Championships, successes that were mirrored with the baseball and hockey teams he also coached.

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Currie joined the Regina Rams, a junior franchise that grew out of the amalgamation of the Dales and Bombers, after Balfour won its sixth straight provincial high school football championship in 1965.  Born in Semans, Saskatchewan in 1923, Currie coached the Rams until 1976.

In 1989 the Canadian Junior Football League honoured Currie by naming their ‘Coach of the Year’ award for him.  One of his former players and current Rams Head Coach Frank McCrystal has won the award twice.

During his tenure, the Rams won 109 of their 136 games, one Alberta Junior League Championship, eight Manitoba-Saskatchewan League Championships, seven Western Canadian Junior Championships and six Canadian Championships.  The final national crown coming in his last game.

Former Ram Roger Aldag went on to a stellar professional football career with the Saskatchwan Roughriders.  He fondly spent his roots saying, “The times I spent as a Ram were four of the best years of my life.”  This, he attributes to a large extent to the leadership and guidance of legendary Head Coach Gordon Currie, (Currie) was an excellent coach, and a great man.  Many young men found the structure and confidence that they needed to turn their life around under his direction.

“I learned early on that the team comes before the individual,” remembers Don Young.  “Gord Currie, the Head Coach, instilled in us a notion of the ‘collective good’, and I have carried that lesson forward in both of my personal and professional lives.”

Through 26 years of coaching, Currie was lauded for the inspirational effect he had on his teams, the motivation he provided his players to develop their characters and for stabilizing the foundation of the Rams, who became one of this country’s most successful amateur sports teams.

HONOURS AND AWARDS:

Member:  Order of Canada, 1978

Saskatchewan MLA:  1982 – 1986

Saskatchewan Minister of Advanced Education and Manpower:  1983, 1985

Air Canada amateur Coach-of-the-Year, 1975

Inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1978

Canadian Junior Football Championships:  Regina Leader Trophy in 1966, 1970, 1971, 1973;  Armadale Cup in 1975, 1976

Regina High Schools Athletic Association Merit Award Honour Roll, 1988

Canadian Football League service to the game award

Canadian Amateur Football Association service to the game award

Wascana Kiwanis Dad-of-the-Year, 1963