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Bernie Custis bust. A member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.
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Bernie Custis

Coaching Career

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East York Argonauts

Oakville Black Knight
1960 - 1963

Burlington Braves
1964 - 1972

Sheridan College
1973 - 1980

McMaster University
1981 - 1988

Awards and Honours

All-Star Coach
1975, 1977, 1978 (3)

Ontario University Athletics Association (OUAA) Coach of the Year
1982 - 1985 (4)

Frank Tindall trophy for being the Canadian Interuniversity Athletics Union (CIAU) Coach of the Year
1982 (1)

Prior to coaching, Bernie Custis spent five seasons playing for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (1951-1954) and the Ottawa Rough Riders (1954, 1955) winning the Grey Cup in 1953.

Custis' coaching career spanned various levels of football over a period of 31 years. Success followed him everywhere he went. In his 8 seasons with the Burlington Braves of the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL), he compiled a record of 74 wins and 20 losses, 3 Ontario Championships and 2 Eastern Canadian titles.

At the college level, he took the Sheridan College Bruins to 6 Ontario Collegiate Athletics Association (OCAA) and Eastern Canadian titles. In his first year at McMaster University in Hamilton, he brought the Marauders from seventh place to first in the OUAA.

Inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 1998 as a builder.

Class of 1998

Bernie CustisDave CutlerJoe PoplawskiLarry RobinsonTom Scott

Football Reporters of Canada

Bob Bratina

Custis, Bernie
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