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  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Tim Tollestrup
    May 01, 2014
    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.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Bob Bennett
    May 01, 2014
    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.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Lorne Moen
    May 01, 2014
    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.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Albert Qually
    May 01, 2014
    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.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Mary Matthiessen
    May 01, 2014
    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.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Bernie Masterson
    May 01, 2014
    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.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Dr. Ellery Pullman
    May 01, 2014
    Ellery Pullman was Athletic Director at Briercrest for three years (2003-06). He served as the President of the ACAC from 2006 until 2008 and as ACAC Past President 2008 to 2009.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: LeRoy Johnson
    May 01, 2014
    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.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Wayne Thomas
    May 01, 2014
    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.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Dr. Bob Waldenberger
    May 01, 2014
    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.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Al Bohonus
    May 01, 2014
    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.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Garry Meadus
    May 01, 2014
    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.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Dr. Robert Day
    May 01, 2014
    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.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Irwin Strifler
    May 01, 2014
    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.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Allan J. Buttle
    May 01, 2014
    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.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Ken Tidsbury
    May 01, 2014
    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.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Allan Ferchuk
    May 01, 2014
    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.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Wayne Lalor
    May 01, 2014
    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.

Coach

  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Bob Moore
    May 01, 2014
    Every successful athletics program has a rock-solid foundation. For the SAIT Trojans men's hockey team, that foundation was laid by Bob Moore. Bob joined the Trojans during the 1977-78 season after several years working in scouting and player personnel roles with the Calgary Centennials, Billings Bighorns and Calgary Wranglers of the Western Hockey League.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Dr. Susan J. Higgins
    May 01, 2014
    The name of Dr. Susan Higgins was synonymous with Medicine Hat College Rattlers (MHC) athletics and ACAC volleyball in southern Alberta for over two decades. Sue began her ACAC volleyball coaching career overseeing the Rattlers women’s program from 1977-82 before moving on to lead the men’s team from 1986-95.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Ray Rocheleau
    May 01, 2014
    From 1973-1994, Ray Rocheleau coached curling, cross-country, badminton, men’s basketball, women’s and men’s volleyball teams. He also coached a Zone 2 Boy’s Provincial Selection Volleyball Team and the Alberta Men’s Volleyball Can-Am Games Team.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Gerry Couzens
    May 01, 2014
    Gerry Couzens was the architect, the heart and the soul in building the Griffins women’s basketball program into a perennial power. As a head coach from 1992-2000 Gerry had experienced only one losing season, his first, in a compiling eight year run that finished with a 208-78 record. Gerry’s teams won the North Conference the five consecutive years (95-00) while racking up an incredible 92-8 record.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: John Jasiukiewicz
    May 01, 2014
    Johnny J - as he was known around Lethbridge and ACAC basketball circles- is as close to a coaching legend as anyone who’s ever led any team in any sport in the southern Alberta city. During his long career guiding the Lethbridge Community College Kodiaks women’s basketball program, Johnny J’s teams won 3 ACAC titles (1987-88, 1988-89, 1989-90) and 2 CCAA National Championships (1988-89 and 1989-90).
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Doug Morris
    May 01, 2014
    Doug started his long association with Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) in 1976 as a student-athlete. Over the course of three seasons, he played basketball, volleyball, golf and badminton. In 1978 and 1980 he was awarded the badminton Most Valuable Player.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Ian Allan
    May 01, 2014
    Ian Allan started his association with the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference as the head coach of the NAIT Ooks men’s volleyball team from 1986-1989 before returning north to take on Athletic Director duties at Keyano College from 1989-1996. He was instrumental in starting up cross country running and men’s and women’s volleyball.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Jim MacLean
    May 01, 2014
    Jim MacLean was the Head Coach of the Concordia Thunder Men’s hockey team for 17 seasons, beginning in 1992-93 and retired after the 2008-09 season. During that period, his teams made the playoffs in 16 of 17 seasons, and he led the Thunder to 1 ACAC conference championship in 2002-03. Under Jim’s leadership, the team also won ACAC silver on 1 occasion (2008-09) and bronze twice (2003-04, 2007-08).
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Stan Peters
    May 01, 2014
    Stan Peters has had an impact on Briercrest College and Seminary Athletics in every aspect that is possible. After a standout career as a player, he returned to Briercrest as head coach of the Briercrest men’s basketball program from 1989 until 1998. He was recognized as the ACAC South men’s coach of the year in 1996-97, Briercrest’s inaugural season in the ACAC, where he led the team to a remarkable 12-8 record!
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Dr. Garry Gibson
    May 01, 2014
    Garry “Gibber” Gibson and his wife Dorothy have served Augustana for over 30 years. Their motto has been, through outdoor leadership and athletics, to lead young people to a greater awareness of the natural world, themselves, others and ultimately, their God. They continue to be involved with Augustana, church, and sports.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Perry Pearn
    May 01, 2014
    As coach of the NAIT Ooks Hockey team Perry Pearn built a Tradition of Excellence in the program that continues to this day. His work ethic and attention to detail have made him successful and respected at the collegiate, national, international and professional levels.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Calvin Aubin
    May 01, 2014
    Calvin Aubin holds one of the finest coaching resumes of all-time in the ACAC. In his five years as the head coach, 1990-1995, Aubin compiled a record of 84 wins and 12 losses (a winning percentage of 87.5%). During that period he won three ACAC titles (1990-91 to 1992-93) and silver medals in 1993-94 and 1994-95, medalling every year.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Les Parsons
    May 01, 2014
    Les Parsons started his coaching career at Lakeland where he coached the women's volleyball team from 1988 - to 1996. He also coached the Cross Country Running team and worked with the Cross country ski team for a number of those years.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Greg Barthel
    May 01, 2014
    Greg Barthel started his volleyball career at King’s University College as a player, then Assistant Coach and finally Head Coach from 1999-2007. Since King’s only entered their volleyball teams in the ACAC in 1997, Greg was responsible for building his teams into powerhouse contenders, leading his team to King’s first ACAC medal.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Phil Allen
    May 01, 2014
    Phil Allen joined SAIT as the Men's Basketball Head Coach in 1978-1979 and began an odyssey of success unequalled in the history of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC). Between 1978 and 1996, in 15 years behind the bench, Allen's teams won nine ACAC Championships including an unprecedented seven in a row from 1980 to 1986.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Dr. Donald Stouffer
    May 01, 2014
    Dr. Don Stouffer’s impact on college athletics is undeniable. Over his 32 years of involvement he coached, convened and presided as the President over several different associations. He began as Mount Royal’s golf coach (1966-1999) and then added men’s hockey coach to his resume for four seasons.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Cor Ouwerkerk
    May 01, 2014
    Cor Ouwerkerk coached many sports at several levels, including basketball, football, gymnastics, rugby, soccer, track and field, and volleyball. Cor excelled as an ACAC coach for five decades from 1968 to 2000. He coached the RDC Volleyball Queens for 25 years, leading them to six undefeated seasons.

Athlete

  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Bob Deschamps
    May 01, 2014
    Bob Deschamps was a member of the SAIT Trojans Hockey Team from 1979-81 while studying in the Petroleum Engineering Technology program. During his distinguished playing career, Bob enjoyed several Trojan hockey career highlights including career milestones 60 goals and 57 assists which not only top SAIT’s all time career scoring charts, but left him as the ACAC career scoring leader upon graduation.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Felix Lewis
    May 01, 2014
    Felix Lewis was a member of the Portage College Voyageurs Men's Volleyball team from the 2000-01 season to the 2002-03 season, returning to compete again in the 2004-05 campaign. During his playing career, the talented athlete led the Voyageurs in most statistical categories as the program still in its infancy, worked to establish a foundation in a tough ACAC Men’s Volleyball league.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Karen Bongaards
    May 01, 2014
    Karen Bongaards led the Medicine Hat College Rattlers Women’s Basketball team to a pair of CCAA National Championship appearances (1981-82 and 1982-83) during a spectacular playing year. She was a 2 time ACAC All Conference Team selection and capped off the 1982-83 season by being chosen to the CCAA All-Canadian Team.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Dr. Lana Common
    May 01, 2014
    Lana Common cemented herself reputation as one of the best athletes to ever grace a volleyball court at Grant MacEwan College (now MacEwan University) if not the entire ACAC during her 4 year playing career. An ACAC All Conference Team member for all 4 seasons from 1993-94 to 1997-98, and a 3 time CCAA All Canadian Team selection (1993-94, 1995-96 and 1997-98), Common led the Griffins to consecutive ACAC Championships in 1996-97 and 1997-98.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Kipngetich Kangogo
    May 01, 2014
    A native of Kenya, Kip Kangogo came to Lethbridge College in 2001 to study and enjoyed a distinguished career running Cross Country. After being crowned ACAC Champion in 2001, Kangogo went on beat all comers and emerged as Champion in the CCAA Interprovincial Competition (the forerunner to the current CCAA National Cross Country Running Championships) in both 2001 and 2002.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Laurie Ann Hockridge
    May 01, 2014
    Laurie Ann Hockridge was unquestionably one of the most dominant post players in ACAC Women’s Basketball history during her Lethbridge Community College playing career. Standing an imposing 6’7”, Hockridge led the ACAC in scoring during the 1988-89 and 1989-90 seasons, earning her ACAC First Team All-Selection in both years as well as CCAA All Canadian status in 1988-89.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Nicole (Friesen) Klinck
    May 01, 2014
    Nicole (Friesen) Klinck established herself as a force to be reckoned with on the Briercrest Clippers women’s basketball team during her 4 year ACAC career. In the 1996-97 season, Nicole’s talents were first recognized beyond Briercrest’s walls when she was selected to the ACAC All-Conference Team, shooting a remarkable 93.2% from the free throw line that year.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Alwyn Piche
    May 01, 2014
    Alwyn Piche was an exceptionally talented athlete who graduated from the Keyano College Huskies program as the most decorated student athlete in the program’s 29 year history. Piche is one of only 2 athletes in CCAA history to win the CCAA Men’s Volleyball Player of the Year Award earning it first in 2009 and then again in 2013.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Kenneth Lovsin
    May 01, 2014
    Kenneth Lovsin was a standout defenseman for the Camrose Lutheran College Vikings Hockey Team from 1984-86. Upon graduation he moved on to play for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies 1986-88 before accepting an invitation to join Canada’s National Team in 1988.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Trisha Lorenz
    May 01, 2014
    Trisha Lorenz captured the true essence of excellence as a student athlete as she succeeded on the court and in her studies. Lorenz combined the athletic accomplishments of 3 consecutive ACAC All-Conference Team Awards (1989-92), 2 CCAA All-Canadian Team Awards (1989-90, 1991-92), and 2 ACAC regular season scoring titles (20.9 ppg in 1990-91; 16.9 ppg in 1991-92) with an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree which she earned with Great Distinction since she maintained an Honor’s Standing for all 3 years (1989-1992).
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Jason Haldane
    May 01, 2014
    One of the most decorated Wolves athletes of all time, Jason has performed at the highest levels in his sport. His career started at Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) playing with the GPRC Wolves from 1990-92. During that time, Jason earned 2 ACAC All-Conference Team selections and a Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) All Canadian.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Sharlene Marschall
    May 01, 2014
    Sharlene Marschall had one of the most dominant careers in ACAC history. In each of her three seasons with Mount Royal College (1996-97, 1997-98 and 2000-01) Sharlene was named a Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) All Canadian and was named to the ACAC All-Conference Team.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Brock Davidiuk
    May 01, 2014
    Brock was a member of the national Champion RDC Kings Volleyball Team in 2001-02 and 2002-03, and received numerous awards including CCAA Academic All-Canadian, CCAA Championship MVP, CCAA All-Canadian, CCAA Athlete of the Year, RDC Athlete of the Year and City of Red Deer Athlete of the Year.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Kevin Martin
    May 01, 2014
    A Petroleum Engineering student at NAIT from 1984-87, Kevin Martin honed his curling skills under the tutelage of Coach, Jules Owchar, is now recognized as one of the top skips in the curling world. In ACAC competition, Kevin won gold, silver and bronze medals and finished his college career by winning the 1985 Canadian Junior Curling Championship with his NAIT rink.
  • ACAC Hall of Fame Inductee: Michele Genereux
    May 01, 2014
    Michele Genereux competed for the Lakeland College Rustlers for 2 seasons from 1985-87, for then head coach David Kay. In those two years she was named an ACAC All Conference player and CCAA All Canadian.