Men’s Track & Field
The University of Windsor Lancers are extremely saddened by the passing of legendary Lancer head coach Dennis Fairall. He was 67 years old.
The "Big Dawg", as he was affectionately known, was part of the Lancer family for thirty years as head coach of the cross country and track & field programs from 1985 until his retirement in 2015. He had a lifetime of great personal athletic achievement and reached great heights as one of the best track and field coaches in Canadian history.
Dennis battled progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), a rare degenerative brain disease that has no cure that slowly effected his mobility and speech.
Among the hundreds of outstanding achievements in a stellar career, Dennis led the Lancers to 25 U SPORTS championships, 46 Ontario University Athletics (OUA) titles, and had been honoured 65 times as either U SPORTS or OUA coach of the year in track and field and/or cross country. Leading into his retirement, his Lancer teams had won 22 of the past 25 provincial championships in men's track and field, and 17 of the past 25 provincial championships in women's track and field.