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UTSC’s baseball diamond gets a new name

Dan Lang is congratulated by former UTSC Director of Athletics and Recreation, Jaan Laaniste

Varsity Blues Field was officially renamed Dan Lang Field at a ceremony during a double-header baseball game on September 25. The name change was to honour Professor Dan Lang for his contributions to the University of Toronto and to the athletics program.

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 twice named the Ontario University Athletics Coach of the Year and in 2011 received the OUA John McManus Award given to a retired OUA coach who exemplifies the highest ideals and qualities of sportsmanship and service while engaged in coaching in university sport.

The field was renamed at a ceremony at the Miller Lash House. Those present included Professor Lang, UTSC Principal and Vice-President Franco Vaccarino, U of T President David Naylor, and Dean of the Faculty of Physical Education and Health Ira Jacobs.

Lang 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 UTSC, which opened for use in 2006.

Lang retired as head coach in 2010 and is currently the Senior Policy Advisor to the President, and a Professor in the Department of Theory and Policy Studies at U of T’s Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. He will be retiring at the end of this term after over 38 years of service to U of T. 


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