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Sanderson, Lyle

Inducted: 1987

Lyle Sanderson, a native of Piapot and a graduate of Luther College in Regina, enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan in 1960.

While a student at teh University of Saskatchewan, Lyle competed in both cross country and track & field. In 1965, he was appointed head coach of the track & field program and joined the faculty of the College of Physical Education.

In his years with the team, the Huskies won 33 Canada West titles and 10 CIAU championships - 1968 cross country, men's track & field in 1970, 1971, 1987 and 2002 and women's track & field in 1985, 1986, 2000, 2001 and 2003.

Lyle coached Olympians Dian Jones Konihowski and Joanne McTaggart, as well as developing a number of other international-calibre athletes, including John Konihowski, Janet Scott and Louis Christ.

He won the Colb McEown Trophy as the University's coach of the year 10 times, was Canadian Track & Field Association coach of the year in 1977 and 1979, and Saskatoon Kinsmen of the Year in 1992. In 2006, he received the Austin Matthews Award for lifetime achievement in Canadian university sport. And in 2011 won the Geoff Gowan Award for coaching excellence.

Lyle was inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1992. He has been on the Canadian team for the Olympic Games, FISU Games, world track & field championships, Commonwealth Games and Pan-American Games.

One of Lyle's greatest contributions to track & field is the annual Sled Dog Indoor Meet, featuring athletes in elementary school, age class, university and open competition.

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