George Oswald

Builder | 2016

Often referred to as the “God Father” of high school football, Coach Oswald still bleeds the “Blue and White”, of his beloved Notre Dame High School.

His entire adult life has revolved around this East End Vancouver school where he was a student from 1960 to 1965, a gifted player, a dedicated coach and revered vice principal for more than 45 years.

George attended Simon Fraser University from 1965 to 1970 acquiring a degree in History before beginning a long and storied professional teaching career at Notre Dame High School in 1970.

Beginning his football days as a ball boy for the BC Lions in 1955, his passion for football earned him the Assistant Equipment Manager’s role in 1964 – a position he held through his teaching days until 1985.

During that time, he also was the Assistant Coach at Notre Dame from 1965 to 1975, helping guide the school to six provincial football titles. He took over the head coaching reigns in 1977 and enjoyed eight more championships through 2010.

A dedicated leader and mentor, George also coached basketball from 1965 to 1990 and track and field from 1970 to 1985. His talents were also a valued part of Team BC in 1994 and 1995. His valued experience and expertise have made him a significant to many governing bodies in both high school football and basketball as well as a contributing member of the BC Lion Orange Helmet Awards Committee and BC Football Hall of Fame Committee.

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