Colborne McEown was a graduate of Saskatoon Collegiate institute.
He excelled in football and basketball at the University of Saskatchewan, serving as captain of the football team in his senior year.
He coached the men's varsity basketball team from 1932 to 1948, leading the Huskies to the Rigby Cup championship in the WCIAU for eight straight years, starting in 1934-35.
Colb was also coach of the Huskies football team in 1939, 1940, 1943, 1944 and 1945.
In addition to his contributions to athletics, Colb served on the University senate, on the board of governors and was president of the alumni association. He was later assistant to the president and vice president of the U of S.
The Colb McEown Trophy is awarded annually to the coach of the year in Huskie Athletics.