2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the Simon Fraser University Football Program.
At the start of the program in 1965, the football team competed in the NAIA under the team’s first head coach, Lorne Davies. The longest reigning head coach of the program was Chris Beaton, who coached the team from 1983-2001 (NAIA) and from 2002-2005 (CIS), winning the team’s only Hardy Cup in 2003.
The SFU football program is the only program in Canada to compete in the NCAA since joining the NCAA Division II ranks in 2010. SFU currently competes in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (NCAA Divison II). Since the program began, over 200 SFU players have played in the CFL, including BC Lions great Lui Passaglia.