Bernie Custis

Inducted in 1998

Bernie Custis’ coaching career spanned various levels of football over a period of 31 years. Success followed him everywhere he went.

       In his eight seasons with the Burlington Braves of the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL), Custis compiled a record of 74 wins, 20 losses, three Ontario championships and two Eastern Canadian titles.

       At the college level, Custis took the Sheridan College Bruins to 6 OCAA and Eastern Canadian titles. In Custis’ first year at McMaster University, he brought the Marauders from seventh place to first.

Hamilton Tiger-Cats Player
1951 - 1954
Ottawa Rough Riders Player
1955, 1956
Tip Tops Coach
East York Argonauts
Oakville Black Knights Coach
1960 - 1963
Burlington Braves Coach
1964 - 1972

    —All-Star Coach
    1975, 1977, 1978

    —OUAA Coach of the Year
    1982 - 1985

    —Frank Tidall Trophy for CIAU Coach of the Year

    —Grey Cup Participation as a Player

    —Grey Cup Winning Teams as a Player

Class of 1998
—Bernie Custis
—Dave Cutler
—Joe Poplawski
—Larry Robinson
—Tom Scott