York Lions coach Bob Bain's players gave him a Hollywood ending of sorts when they took down then top-ranked Carleton last Friday.
Bain, who has the feat of having coached in five decades, is finally retiring from the Lions' sideline after 37 years, 11 division titles and six OUA championships. The real admirable element of his career is he won in several eras. York had those late 1970s, early '80s Yeomen teams with the likes of David Coulthard, Chris McNeilly, Paul Layefsky, Bo Pelech, Lonnie Ramati and Ev Spence (and a future commentator for the Toronto Raptors, a gentleman named Paul Jones who went from high school sixth man to playing for Canada internationally) which won a couple bronze medals at nationals.
Evoking that era brings it home. There is no men's third-place game anymore. York isn't the Yeomen anymore. That speaks to how many years Bain's excellent career spanned. More recently, his teams won a couple OUA East titles at the expense of Carleton and had a Cinderella run to the national semi-final in 2002.
Bain's last scheduled game is vs. Laurentian on Feb. 20, at home. Between this and Don Horwood retiring from Alberta last season, there's a few legends stepping back from the sideline who will not be easily replaced.