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Frank Clair
Date of birth: (1917-05-12)May 12, 1917
Place of birth: Hamilton, Ohio
Date of death: April 3, 2005(2005-04-03) (aged 87)
Place of death: Sarasota, Florida[1]
Career information
Position(s): End
College: Ohio State
Organizations
 As administrator:
1970–1978 Ottawa Rough Riders
 As coach:
1948-1949
1950-1954
1956–1969
Buffalo Bulls
Toronto Argonauts
Ottawa Rough Riders
 As player:
1941 Washington Redskins
Playing stats at NFL.com
Canadian Football Hall of Fame, 1981

Frank James Clair (May 12, 1917 – April 3, 2005) was a coach in the Canadian Football League, nicknamed "the Professor" for his ability to recognize and develop talent. Clair is the 3rd most successful head coach in the CFL with 147 wins and the most successful head coach in the post-season with 27 victories. As a result, he won the Annis Stukus Trophy as the CFL's coach of the year in 1966 and 1969.

Playing careerEdit

Clair played end for the Ohio State Buckeyes, lettering in 1938, 1939, and 1940. As a receiver, he was quarterback Don Scott's favorite target. In 1941, Clair played in seven games for the Washington Redskins.

Coaching careerEdit

Clair found his greatest success in coaching. He was the head coach at the University at Buffalo in 1948 and 1949. During the 1950s, he coached the Toronto Argonauts to two Grey Cups in 1950 and 1952.[2]

In 1956, he joined the Ottawa Rough Riders. As coach, Clair led them to Grey Cup Championships in 1960, 1968 and 1969. After retiring from coaching following the 1969 season, became the team's general manager, where they won Grey Cups in 1973 and 1976. After he was let go in 1978, the team won no more Grey Cups. He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1981.

The stadium at Lansdowne Park was renamed Frank Clair Stadium in his honour on April 8, 1993. Retired, Clair lived in retirement and died in Sarasota, Florida. He was survived by his wife Patricia and daughter Robin.[3]

Head coaching recordEdit

CollegeEdit

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
1948 Buffalo 6-1-1
1949 Buffalo 6-3
Total: 12-4-1
Indicates BCS bowl, Bowl Alliance or Bowl Coalition game. #Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.

CFLEdit

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
WonLostTiesWin %Finish Won Lost Result
TOR1950 651.5422nd in IRFU 3 1 Won Grey Cup
TOR1951 750.5833rd in IRFU 1 1 Lost in IRFU Semi-Finals
TOR1952 741.6252nd in IRFU 4 1 Won Grey Cup
TOR1953 590.3574th in IRFU - - Missed Playoffs
TOR1954 680.4293rd in IRFU - - Missed Playoffs
TOR Total 31312.5000 East Division
Championships
832 Grey Cups
OTT1956 770.5003rd in IRFU 0 1 Lost in Division Semi-Finals
OTT1957 860.5712nd in IRFU 0 1 Lost in Division Semi-Finals
OTT1958 680.4293rd in IRFU Division 1 2 Lost in Division Finals
OTT1959 860.5712nd in East Division 2 1 Lost in Division Finals
OTT1960 950.6432nd in East Division 4 0 Won Grey Cup
OTT1961 860.5712nd in East Division 0 1 Lost in Division Semi-Finals
OTT1962 671.4642nd in East Division 0 1 Lost in Division Semi-Finals
OTT1963 950.6432nd in East Division 2 1 Lost in Division Finals
OTT1964 851.6072nd in East Division 2 1 Lost in Division Finals
OTT1965 770.5002nd in East Division 1 2 Lost in Division Finals
OTT1966 1130.7861st in East Division 2 1 Lost Grey Cup
OTT1967 941.6792nd in East Division 1 2 Lost in Division Finals
OTT1968 932.7141st in East Division 2 1 Won Grey Cup
OTT1969 1130.7861st in East Division 2 1 Won Grey Cup
OTT Total 116755.6053 East Division
Championships
19163 Grey Cups
Total 1471067.5793 East Division
Championships
27195 Grey Cups

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