BY JOHN DECOSTE
Kings County Advertiser/Register
After more than 30 years coaching university football, almost 24 of them as a head coach, Sonny Wolfe has stepped down.
Wolfe, 65, the head football coach at McGill University in Montreal, had announced his intention to retire at the end of the current season. His team's 0-6 start impacted his decision to push ahead his original agenda.
"The chances of our making the playoffs are slim, so it's time to start thinking of next season," Wolfe said in an Oct. 11 release.
Clint Uttley, a former Acadia player and an Axemen assistant coach under Wolfe who has been a McGill assistant since 2008, takes over as interim head coach for the remainder of the season.
A former defensive back with the Redmen, Wolfe graduated from McGill in 1976 with a degree in physical education. He spent eight seasons as an assistant coach at McGill before being hired by Acadia in 1984.
Wolfe served as Acadia head coach for 19 years until his contract was not renewed in 2003. His Axemen won AUFC titles in 1986, 1995 and 1998.
"Sonny was a great mentor to me, and I didn't realize how much he had taught me until he was gone," said Jeff Cummins, who served as an Axemen assistant coach under Wolfe for two seasons (2002-03).
"He was a terrific recruiter, and his knowledge of the game was unequalled. CIS football took a hit this week now that he has retired.
"I wish he and his wife Denise a great retirement, and I know he will be missed by McGill and the rest of the Canadian football world."
After leaving Acadia, he spent one season as an assistant coach at St. F.X. and three as an assistant at the Universite de Montreal before returning to McGill as head coach.
Wolfe's last appearance in Wolfville was Sept. 17 when his Redmen visited Acadia, a game the Axemen won 38-9. He is expected be inducted into the Acadia Sports Hall of Fame in the fall of 2012.
Uttley, 38, played five seasons (1996 to 2000) for Wolfe at Acadia. He was a four-year starter at middle linebacker and served as a co-captain his final two seasons.
He coached six years at Acadia under Wolfe and then Cummins, spending his final two years in Wolfville as assistant head coach and defensive co-ordinator. After leaving Acadia, he spent two years as special teams co-ordinator and defensive backs coach at UBC before joining McGill.