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Larry Uteck
Personal information
Date of birth: (1952-10-09)October 9, 1952
Place of birth: Thornhill, Ontario
Date of death: December 25, 2002(2002-12-25) (aged 50)
Place of death: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Career information
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
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Larry Uteck (October 9, 1952 - December 25, 2002) was a Canadian professional football athlete, university sports administrator, football coach, and municipal politician.

LifeEdit

Born in Thornhill, Ontario of Ukrainian descent, Larry Uteck attended Jesuit-run Brebeuf College School in Toronto where he was a football star and Athlete of the Year. He then went to the University of Colorado (1970-73) on scholarship, playing with the Colorado Buffaloes, and then Wilfrid Laurier University (1973-74). Following university, he played with the Toronto Argonauts, BC Lions, Ottawa Rough Riders, and Montreal Alouettes in the Canadian Football League and was named Conference All-Star in 1974, 1975, and 1976. He served his fellow players as their League Representative in 1976. One of Uteck's inspirations was John Black, his school teacher from Marmora, Ontario.

He joined the sports program at Saint Mary's University in 1982, and became Head Football Coach of the Saint Mary's Huskies in 1983 and continued through 1997, compiling a winning record. He was named AUAA Coach of the Year in 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, and 1992. He was named CIAU Coach of the Year in 1988 and 1992. His teams appeared in five Atlantic Bowls and three Vanier Cups. In 1995, he was named interim Director of Athletics and Recreation and was formally appointed Director in 1997, a position in which he continued until his death.

Uteck also worked for the larger Halifax community, notably as Deputy Mayor of the Halifax Regional Municipality, and was a champion of the Halifax Harbour Solutions Project. His deep love for his community took him into municipal politics and he was elected Alderman for the City of Halifax, Ward 5. He served two years (1994-95) and was elected to the first Halifax Regional Municipal Council for District 13 (Northwest Arm-South End), where he served from 1995-1999. His quiet, but tenacious and thoughtful leadership saw him elected Deputy Mayor in 1998. He served with distinction on numerous HRM Committees including the Downtown Business Commission, Neptune Theatre, and the Halifax Port Corporation. His wife, Sue succeeded him as Councillor for District 13 in 1999.

Uteck married Sue Maloney in 1989, and they had two children, Luke (whom he named after Black's son) and Cain.

HonoursEdit

Uteck's remarkable leadership and vision were recognized when he was named a Member of the Order of Canada in October 2002. It was one of the few honours he would accept following the diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS aka Lou Gehrig's disease) in 1997.

The only other honour he would accept was the naming of "Larry Uteck Boulevard" in February 2000.

Following his death, and in consideration of his longtime Canadian football career as a professional athlete in the CFL, and coach at Saint Mary's University and as the university's athletic director, it was decided that the Churchill Bowl would be retired, with the Mitchell Bowl taking the place of the Churchill Bowl, and a new championship be named in Uteck's memory. Thus, the Uteck Bowl formally replaced the Atlantic Bowl.

His alma mater, Brebeuf College School, honoured him by renaming its sports field the Larry Uteck Memorial Field in 2004.


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