Thursday, February 23, 2017
Gord Currie Dies at the Age of 93
Gord Currie, a legendary coach, teacher and Saskatchewan politician, has died at the age of 93.
Currie is best known for being a football coach.
He was the head coach of the Balfour Redmen high school football team leading them to eight provincial titles including six in a row from 1959-65.
During his time at Balfour, the team won 40 straight games at one point.
After leaving Balfour, Currie became the head coach of the Regina Rams and had as much success with them as he did with Balfour.
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 in 1976.
Currie also spent time in politics as the Conservative MLA for the riding of Regina-Wascana and spent time in cabinet as the province’s minister of Advanced Education and Science and Technology.
He was named a member of the Order of Canada in 1979, and was enshrined in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1978 and the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 2005.
Currie Field, the home of the Regina Red Sox, was named after him.