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“Our wrestling program is in capable hands with Francis Clayton at the helm,” says Director of Athletics Tom Warden. “His track record of success stands above the rest, and we’re glad to hire back one of the greats of CIS wrestling coaches.”
Clayton served as the interim head coach during the 2014-15 season, and will take up his former mantle as head coach, effective immediately. Francis served as head coach of the wrestling program from 1985-2005, after a successful career as a student athlete.
He would enjoy even more success as a coach over the years, which included being named the Coach of the Year five times by the OUA and twice by the CIS. He was also the runner-up for the 3M National Coaching award in 1993, which spans all athletic disciplines in Canada.
He was also selected as one of Lakehead’s ’40 Northern Lights’ which was a tribute to 40 individuals that made significant contributions to Lakehead University during its first 40 years. Francis will be inducted to the Lakehead Athletics Wall of Fame in October.
Clayton has earned his level 5 National Coaching Certification (NCCP) and has coached at nearly every level of Canadian wrestling in some capacity over his career, including the Canadian Coaches Education Committee. Over 35 of his student-athlete alumni are coaching wrestling across Canada at various levels.