Formation of Our Football Team
Huskie Football Supporters,
I am truly honoured and humbled to be selected as the head coach of the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Football program. Atop my list of people to reach out to is you, all the supporters of this program. I want to say thank you for your support of the Dogs’ Breakfast in the past and how much your support is truly still needed today and going forward. The appreciation cannot be put into words.
Huskie Football taught me the meaning of maturity, responsibility, hard work, respect and the commitment of excellence necessary to be a champion. My vision for this program moving forward is simple:
To develop and sustain a program that is revered as the premier football institution in U SPORTS through unwavering standards and principled core values in our pursuit of attaining each student- athletes fullest potential.
The purpose of the program will be to maximize our student-athletes abilities by fostering their physical, mental, emotional, academic and spiritual growth. We want to develop a deep sense of pride in the football program and this institution as a whole. Our collective goal is to have sustained long-term success by being a perennial contender and to continually strive for greatness on a daily basis. We will never cease in our pursuit of excellence. We can’t do it alone, we need your help and support to take this program where it needs to go.
For Huskie football players - Everything Matters - on and off the field, our demeanor, our words, our actions, our decisions and our academics, EVERYTHING MATTERS. I want to relay that message to all of you and want you all to know how much your support matters.
The landscape for football in Canada is very competitive but in no way will that deter us, we will embrace it and accept the challenge. We will work diligently on a daily basis to represent this storied program, the University of Saskatchewan, the City of Saskatoon and the province as a whole.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and see you on the field.
University of Saskatchewan Huskie Football
The Huskies Football Foundation was created in 2001 with a goal of raising money for scholarships to support the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Football team.
The main fundraising event for the Huskies Football Foundation is the Houghton Boston Dogs’ Breakfast. The event is one of the top football fundraisers in Canada that annually generates over $100,000 for football scholarships to the U of S. In total, over $1.4 Million has been raised since 2001. The Houghton Boston Dogs’ Breakfast is one of Canada’s largest sports breakfasts with about 2,000 people in attendance.
Recent changes to CIAU scholarship rules have drastically changed “the playing field” when it comes to recruiting top-calibre players to the Huskies football program. The competition is fierce. The Huskies Football Foundation has been recruited with one goal in mind – to win! The future success of Huskies football is directly associated with our ability to attract quality people, both athletes and corporate supporters.
The success of our football has been a source of great pride for the City of Saskatoon and the entire province. It has brought national prominence to our university and our city. As a result, Huskies Football has been a focal point of overwhelming community spirit, with citizens and alumni claiming the Dogs to be their own.
But tradition does not secure the future!
Emergence of another University football program in the province means greater competition for Saskatchewan-born athletes.
Recent changes to CIAU scholarship rules have changed the ‘playing field’ when it comes to recruiting top-calibre players to the Huskies Football program. The financial clout of other Canada West universities entices potential recruits to consider options other than the U of S.
But is the athletes who must carry the ball. The future success of Huskies Football is directly associated with the ability to attract quality people – both as athletes and as students – to the U of S.
As a supporter of the Huskies, we are requesting that you join our team as an Individual Donor. As a Huskies football fan you will feel comfortable in knowing that your contribution goes directly to the huskies football program, providing scholarships to some of Canada’s finest athletes and future business leaders.
Your support of the Huskies Football team – as a fan and as a financial contributor* – is what is needed to build for the future and maintain a great winning football tradition.
Contribute to the future and help keep the tradition alive!
*Donations to the University of Saskatchewan Huskies Football Scholarships are 100% tax deductible.
Receipts will be issued upon request.
Huskies Football Foundation of the University of Saskatchewan has a committee of 25 members dedicated to the success, funding, and growth of our football team. Our group of members includes:
- Mike Gartner – Chairperson
- Christine Bobyn
- Matt Czerniak
- John Fraser
- Chris Friesen
- Laura Gustafson
- Jason Halyk
- Rick Hillestad
- John Hyshka
- Blair Knippel
- Ryan Lejbak
- Ted Mitchell
- Monica Morrison
- Todd Peterson
- Mark Regier
- Taylor Rehn
- Kristin Robinson
- Moira Sheridan
- Doug Siemens
- Shane Szakacs
- Cory Thoms
- Brian Towriss
- Robert Trimble
- Ron Welke
- Wayne Wilson