Tim Tollestrup’s impact on Lethbridge College evolved from local basketball playing legend, including a stint on Canada’s national team, to the Kodiaks men’s basketball coach to eventually taking the reigns as Director of Athletics. During his 20 years as the former Lethbridge Community College (and now Lethbridge College) AD, Tim turned the Kodiaks program into one of the ACAC’s best winning CCAA national championships in basketball, soccer and cross country running.
Bob Bennett joined Grant MacEwan College in 1972 in a combined position of Student Counselor and Athletics Coordinator. He was officially the first administrator in Griffins athletics. Bob helped create the Edmonton Colleges Athletic League (ECAL) providing the Griffins an opportunity to compete.
Lorne Moen is considered by many to be the ‘founding father’ of Portage College athletics as he was the individual credited with shepherding the Voyageurs to their ACAC membership. Lorne was the Athletic Director at Portage College (formerly AVC Lac La Biche) from 1986 to 2013, representing the institution’s interests at ACAC Conference Council meetings during that time.
Al was born in Rose Valley Saskatchewan, attended high school in Rocky Mountain House, and played volleyball for the University of Calgary, graduating in 1972.
Al worked for Alberta Forestry before beginning a 31 year career at Olds College as Athletic Director & Coordinator of Recreation. Coached a variety of successful teams; Men’s and Women’s Volleyball, curling & golf.
While athletes and most coaches come and eventually go, and even in some cases Athletic Directors, Mary Matthiessen was the constant in the Rattlers’ Athletics Department for almost 3 decades overseeing administrative duties from 1983 to 2009. Amongst many responsibilities, she was accountable for eligibility records, scholarship allocations, and coordinating all team travel arrangements.
Bernie Masterson was the long-time athletics director at Concordia, and served the school in that capacity for 38 years, 22 of which were spent the ACAC when Concordia joined in 1992. When Bernie first became the Athletics Director, he was tasked with building the department from the ground up.
Mr. Leroy Johnson originally attended Augustana University College in Camrose before moving on to the University of Calgary, University of Alberta and eventually the University of Montana where he earned a Masters Degree in Education. In 1967 Leroy was appointed high school principal at Camrose Lutheran College, where he worked to help the institution develop from its high school status into a degree-granting institution.
Wayne Thomas started with Keyano College as the Recreation Director in 1981. In May, 1985 he spearheaded the application that led Keyano College into the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference and became Keyano's first Athletic Director.
Bob arrived at Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) in 1966. He was one of the original faculty members of GPRC and proceeded to establish the Department of Physical Education and Athletics. During the early years, Bob not only taught physical education courses and directed student services, but also kept busy with a heavy coaching load.
Al Bohonus is a widely recognized named around Mount Royal as a number of awards and scholarships are named after the long-time Athletic Director. Al’s name is also widely regarded around the ACAC as he was an influential figure in the growth of the ACAC in the early eighties.
Perhaps no one has a more significant influence of the development of the NAIT Athletics Program than its founder Garry Meadus.
In 1963 when NAIT first opened it’s doors, Student Services was a one man operation and that one man was Gary Meadus.
Dr. Robert Day served The King’s University College as Athletic Director from 1983 until 2002 and was instrumental in developing a first class athletics program. Bob was not only the first Athletic Director at King’s, but was involved in planning the new campus and athletic facilities eventually constructed.
As Coordinator of Intramurals and Intercollegiate Athletics from 1968-98, Irwin Stifler played a key role in shaping the development of sport at NAIT. His philosophy of “sport for all” realized opportunities for student athletes of all skill levels and under his direction NAIT developed one of the most comprehensive intramural and Intercollegiate athletic programs in Canada.
Allan J. Buttle is genuine founding figure in the formation of the ACAC, as he was one of the original participants in meetings in the early ‘60s discussing the creation of a collegiate athletics conference in Alberta. At the time, Buttle was the originator, developer, and the first Athletic Director/Administrator at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) Athletics Department.
From day one, Ken provided the conscientious leadership essential to the growth and development of a quality program of athletes for men and women, consistent with the new opportunities for competitions at the intercollegiate level, and with more comprehensive needs of an expanding student population in the areas of intramural and recreational sports.
Al graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1970 with Masters of Sport Science and Post-graduate diploma in Administration, 1986. He lectured at the University of Lethbridge and started at Red Deer College (RDC) in 1973, where he served as Academic Chair for six years, Athletic Director for 18 years and men’s hockey coach for 14 years.
Wayne Lalor was the original Physical Education Instructor when the Red Deer Community College opened its doors September 1, 1964. He was Department Head for many years, and instrumental in creating the combined faculty/coaching model that persists to this day at RDC and several ACAC schools.