Let’s Play Ball! Honouring Former Head Coach Dan Lang
On September 25, 2011, Professor Dan Lang will be honoured for his contributions to the University of Toronto and to Athletics with the renaming of the Varsity Blues Field at UTSC as the “Dan Lang Field” during a double-header Varsity Blues baseball game. Professor Lang was Head Coach of the Varsity Blues for 13 seasons, U of T’s longest period for a Blues head baseball coach. He led the Varsity Blues to two Ontario University Athletics (OUA) league championships and two silver medals. As Coach, he was named twice as the Ontario University Athletics Coach of the Year and in 2011 received the OUA John McManus Award that is awarded to a retired OUA coach that exemplifies the highest ideals and qualities of sportsmanship and service while engaged in coaching in university sport.
Not only did Professor Lang have a direct impact on UofT students as the Head Coach but his influence extended to the surrounding community. Dan was the driving force behind creating a permanent home for Varsity Blues baseball and spearheaded the fundraising drive that built the permanent Varsity Blues baseball facility at the UTSC campus, the first time any Varsity Blues team had been headquartered beyond UofT’s downtown campus. UTSC students showed their generosity and their commitment to enhancing student life on campus by partially funding the facility. This diamond was officially opened for use in 2006, ensuring that our Varsity Blues team had a permanent place to call home and that UofT students, along with the surrounding community members benefited from the use of this field.
Professor Lang retired as head coach in 2010, and is currently the Senior Policy Advisor to the President, and Professor in the Department of Theory and Policy Studies at UofT’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. He will be retiring at the end of this term after over 38 years of service to University of Toronto.
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