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.
He turned a Trojans team that had won precisely one playoff game in club history into a perennial winner. Through six campaigns at SAIT, Bob led the Trojans to their first three Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference championships, in 1978-79, 1980-81 and 1981-82, and their first national Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) crown in the spring of 1981. Bob compiled a .615 winning percentage, with an overall 87-54-3 record, during those six seasons. More importantly, he turned the Trojans into perennial title threats -- and forged SAIT's sterling reputation in men's hockey, which now includes 10 ACAC titles and counting.
Bob, who won the Alberta senior men's golf championship in 1993, is described by one of his former players as "deeply committed . . . a great influencer who affected so many young hockey players. I know, from playing for him, that the impression he left was everlasting."
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. Her highlight reel season of 1997-98 had her selected as an ACAC First Team All-Conference player, and even more impressively as a CCAA All-Canadian Team member as well. An ACAC Ron Lavery Fair Play Award in that same season cemented Nicole’s reputation as a talented but honest and fair athlete. Nicole graduated from Briercrest with a BA in Sports Ministry.
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. She was the CCAA National Championships MVP in both the 1988-90 and 1989-90 seasons as she led the Kodiaks to consecutive CCAA National Championship titles. Hockridge established many ACAC records during her career including the single season shooting percentage mark which still stands today and the single season scoring record which has since been eclipsed. Laurie graduated with a Fitness and Lifestyle Leadership Diploma.
Calvin Aubin holds one of the finest coaching resumes of all-time in the ACAC. In his five years as 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. He also brought home two CCAA national titles with the Cougars winning in 1990-91 and 1993-94.
In 1994-95 Calvin was named the Coach of the Year in the ACAC and went on win the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Volleyball Coaching Excellence Award. He was inducted into the Mount Royal Wall of Fame in 2013.
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.
Along with his administrative endeavors, Dr. Day coached both Men’s Basketball and Men’s Hockey at various times throughout his nineteen years at King’s. He was the driving force behind King’s entering the ACAC in Basketball, Volleyball and Soccer and volunteered as a member of the ACAC Executive Committee from 1998-2002 (Vice-President 2000-02; President 2002). During his time as a coach, Bob was twice recognized as the ACAC Men’s Basketball Coach of the Year (1995-96, 2000-01).
Since leaving King’s, Bob has served as the Executive Director/General Manager of the ACAC from 2002 until 2013.
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. The teams that Les coached did not win a number of ACAC banners but he developed a number of student athletes at Lakeland College. Many of those student athletes have gone on to coach their sports after leaving Lakeland. Les Parsons focused on the fundamentals of each sport ensuring that the student athletes who compete are dedicated and passionate about the sport. While Les was coaching at Lakeland College he also volunteered in the Vermilion community to coach local athletes like Olympic Champion Beckie Scott and biathlete Morwenna Lane.
One of Les's past student athletes put it the best when he said "Les doesn't generate medals he generates leaders. Medals are forgotten next year leaders are remembered forever."
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. A state of the art triple gymnasium complex opened in the late 80’, was the envy of colleges across the country and stands as a legacy to Tim’s vision and persistence. It was the site of the only nationally televised CCAA national championship on TSN in 1994.
Tollestrup served on the ACAC Executive Committee from 1983-87, including a 2 year term as President, and again from 1988-2003 while serving as VP Finance. He also volunteered as ACAC Basketball Convenor from 2005-07. Tollestrup had a significant impact at the ACAC Conference Council table and is widely acknowledged as one of the key individuals who helped shape the ACAC during those transitional years of early expansion.
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. Before completing his time at King’s, Greg went on to lead his team to a second bronze medal within a period of three years (2002-2005). In the 2003-04 season, Greg was named both the ACAC Men’s Volleyball Coach of the Year as well as the CCAA Men’s Volleyball Coach of the Year.
During his career at King’s, Greg coached numerous players that went on to excel in CIS and internationally. He is currently the Head Coach of the Men’s Volleyball program at the University of Regina and has been there since 2007.
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 its doors, Student Services was a one man operation and that one man was Gary Meadus. At NAIT, Garry was afforded the unique opportunity to mould a Student Service division that embodied his humanistic philosophy and those qualities remain fundamental to this day.
In 1964, Garry Meadus played an instrumental role in the formation of the Western Inter-College Conference and would serve as Chairman and Treasurer until 1969 when it was renamed the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference. Garry served as the first president of the ACAC and his leadership and guidance were a steadying influence to the organization. He represented NAIT on council until the early 1990’s holding a variety of roles. Garry retired as the Vice President of Student and Staff Services, and CEO of the NAIT Foundation in the fall of 1991, then served as ACAC commissioner from 1994-2001 and would later serve as Golf commissioner from 2002 to 2005.
Congratulations Garry Meadus on your induction into the ACAC Wall of Fame.
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. While still a player, Doug assumed the coaching duties in 1979 and over the years has guided the team to bronze medals in 1988 and 1989 and a silver medal in 1992. Doug was named ACAC Coach-of-the-Year in an unprecedented four consecutive seasons from 1987 to 1990 and was selected as the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Badminton Coach-of-the-Year in 1986-87.
His volunteer contribution includes ACAC Badminton Convenor, and Tournament Chairperson for the 1993 CCAA National Badminton Championships.
An enthusiastic supporter of the College, Doug has been a member of the Wolf Pac Booster Club, including two terms as Chairman. He is a former member of the GPRC Foundation, and is a member of the GPRC Board of Governors.
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. Since leaving NAIT, Kevin has established a resume that now ranks him as one of the most outstanding curlers in the sport. His teams have made 12 Brier appearances and won 4 times, finished second once and third twice. His rink represented Canada at 4 World Championships winning once and placing second three times. His rink has won 14 Grand Slam titles and he has represented Canada at the Olympics in Albertville (1992), was silver medalist in Salt Lake City in 2002, and gold medalists at the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic games.
Throughout his curling career, Kevin Martin has been a great ambassador for the sport and never fails to acknowledge his special relationship with Coach Owchar and that his curling roots run deep into the ACAC.
Congratulations Kevin Martin on your induction into the ACAC Wall of Fame.
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. In addition to being the head coach of the Huskies men’s volleyball team for six years, he assisted with the development of the Huskies Volleyball Club for Youth, the Keyano Huskies Booster Club, and summer sports camps.
In 1996 Allan accepted a position at Vancouver Island College as the men’s volleyball coach and regional volleyball coach. In 2000 he moved on to take the role of Technical Director for Alberta Volleyball. Since 2005 he has traveled the world working in part for the Asian Games, Africa Cup of Nations, FIFA World Cup, the Vancouver Winter Olympics, and London Summer Olympics.
Allan has since returned to Fort McMurray and is currently the Director of Sports and Venues within the organizing committee of the 2015 Western Canada Summer Games to be held August 7-16, 2015 in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
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. He even chose the team name (Trojans) and the uniform colors (green and gold at the time). Al enjoyed a long career at SAIT eventually being promoted to creating and overseeing a comprehensive, model student services program.
His proudest achievement might have been the construction of the SAIT Campus Centre which incorporated a triple gymnasium, hockey rink, classrooms, meeting spaces and student services facilities, all under one roof. During his time at SAIT, Buttle served as secretary on the ACAC Executive from 1964 to 1969. After retiring from SAIT, Buttle was the first ACAC Executive Director from 1982 to 1989, establishing the original ACAC office in Calgary.
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. He still holds the record as the fastest player to ever reach 100 points in an ACAC hockey career. For all his individual accomplishments, Deschamps was honored as an ACAC All-Star and captained the 1981 CCAA National Hockey Champions.
After leaving SAIT, Bob contributed much to hockey in Alberta by first coaching for two years in the AJHL in Lloydminster and then going on to instruct in numerous Alberta hockey schools, coordinating hockey skating clinics and condition camps in Calgary. He later developed a coaches mentorship program for Southfour Hockey and has been a part of the Southfour Hockey Board for four years while coaching in Calgary Minor Hockey for the last eight years.
As Coordinator of Intramurals and Intercollegiate Athletics from 1968-98, Irwin Strifler 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.
During his tenure at NAIT, the Ooks won a total of 157 ACAC titles in team and individual sports and collecting over 29 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) medals and winning 12 CCAA National Championships. In 1989, NAIT hosted and Irwin chaired, the CCAA Hockey and Basketball Championships during the same week. In what will be remembered as NAIT’s finest hour, the Ooks won both national titles.
As a sports administrator Irwin has left a legacy of service to both the ACAC and CCAA. He spent twenty years on the ACAC executive, eight of those as president. Irwin served four years as president of the 4-West Championships, was a founding member of the CCAA in 1974 and served two years as CCAA Vice President.
Congratulations Irwin on your selection to the ACAC wall of fame.
The name of Dr. Susan Higgins was synonymous with Medicine Hat College Rattlers (MHC) athletics and ACAC volleyball in southern Alberta for over 2 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. During that time Sue was recognized by her coaching peers as ACAC MVB Coach of the Year in 1989-90 and again in 1990-91. Sue’s coaching accomplishments were further celebrated nationally in 1990-91 when she was presented with the CCAA National Coaching Excellence Award.
When Higgins finally hung up her coaching whistle, she was established as the winningest coach in MHC Rattlers Athletics history. Higgins work at MHC as a Physical Education instructor, coach, academic leader, and Department leader has earned her the admiration and respect of colleagues, former players and students alike, as well as rival coaches within the ACAC and beyond.
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. Concordia is a small school that has had incredible athletics results under Bernie’s direction. In describing Bernie, Concordia President Gerald Krispin says “Bernie’s leadership, choice of coaches, and ability to forge positive working relationships with the athletics associations in the province all contributed to Concordia’s being a preferred destination for students who wanted to excel and succeed in athletics.”
Bernie has held numerous committee positions within the ACAC during his tenure as the Concordia Thunder Athletics Director. In 1997, he was elected to the Executive Committee as Vice President for 1 year before taking over as ACAC President from 1998-2002, and becoming Past President for 2003. His love of golf led him to become the conference Golf Convenor from 2000-02, and later returned to this role in 2005 which he fulfilled each year until his retirement in 2013. In addition to these positions, he also served as the ACAC Badminton Convenor (2006-09), Program Committee Chair and Member (2004-09), and Non-Court Sports Committee Member (2009-13). As a long serving member of various ACAC committees and roles, Bernie has been a valuable resource to other Athletics Directors across the conference and Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).
Bernie retired in July 2013 after 38 years of overseeing the Concordia Athletics department.
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. The Griffins competed in men’s and women’s volleyball and basketball for two seasons in the ECAL.
In 1973 Bob presented an application on behalf of the College to join the ACAC. Grant MacEwan College and was accepted in 1974 as an exhibition member, before becoming a full member in 1975. As a result in Bob’s foresight and belief Grant MacEwan College students deserve the opportunity to be involved in competitive intercollegiate sport Griffins Athletics begun.
In 2002, Bob was inducted to the Griffins Wall of Distinction.
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. Phil also guided his teams to two CCAA National Championships in 1981 and the undefeated (34-0) team of 1986. His teams compiled a winning regular season mark of .801 and a playoff winning percentage of .790 while producing nine All-Canadians and 30 ACAC All-Stars. Coach Allen was named ACAC Coach of the Year three times, the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) Coach of the Year in 1983, and holds the record for most wins for a men's basketball coach in the ACAC.
In 1986, Phil became only the fourth Athletic Director in SAIT's history and held the post until 1996. He was a driving force behind the formation of the Trojan Athletic Foundation and remains one of the Foundation's founding members. Phil also initiated the SAIT Holiday Classic Men's Basketball Tournament which still takes place each December. Phil Allen's efforts and coaching abilities were instrumental in putting SAIT men's basketball on the ACAC and CCAA map, where they continue to be today.
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. After he stepped away from hockey he turned his focus to the ACAC, where he served as the secretary in 1972-73. The next year he was named the President of the ACAC. That same season he was a part of a group of administrators who established the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) and became its first President. The Association provided Canadian College varsity programs with the opportunity to compete at national championships for the first 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. Of note the 1978 Men’s Volleyball team who were ACAC Champions, 4 West Champions and silver medalists at the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Championships in Montreal. Recognized as the ACAC & CCAA Volleyball Coach of the Year in 1989.
Al promoted Olds College into the ACAC in 1966 and subsequently served as ACAC President for two terms. He served on the Olds College Board of Governors and was the Faculty Association President for two terms.
Al also played professional fastball, coached the Alberta Men’s Volleyball Can-Am Games Team in 1976-77, served on the Alberta Sports Council and was the Director of Sport for 1983 Alberta Summer Games. He is a National Golf Rules official.
Al is retired with his wife Joan enjoying winters in Florida. Their three children each played professional sport & bring their grandchildren to visit whenever possible.
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.
For the first few years Wayne coached both men’s and women’s volleyball and basketball teams. His Queens Basketball team won the WICC Championships in 1965-66. Wayne coached the Kings Basketball team from 1964 to 1985 and again from 1989-1995. Mr. Lalor was a champion of sport development, focusing on academic excellence and opportunities for regional athletes in a wide range of sports. Wayne also was an accredited basketball and football referee and was a key link for ACAC/official association relationships.
Wayne and Jack Kenyon of Mount Royal staff were instrumental in forming the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) of which Wayne was the President for a number of years.
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. Ray earned NCCP Level 2 and Level 3 coaching certification in several sports.
Ray strongly believed that the focus of properly conducted intercollegiate programs should be on student development through the pursuit of sporting excellence. He believed that an intercollegiate athletic program benefited not only the participants but the college and society at large. Consequently, his greatest sense of accomplishment and satisfaction from coaching came when hearing about former Olds College athletes coaching teams in their communities.
In 1989 Ray served as Manager/Convenor for what many called the “best ever” CCAA Curling Championships hosted by Olds College. Furthermore, Ray served as an ACAC executive member and sport convenor.
Ray served on the executive of the Alberta Intercollegiate Women’s Fastball Association and he was responsible for obtaining the association casino license and developing a scholarship program for participants. He also served as the Olds College representative to the Alberta Summer Games Legacy Foundation which was responsible for allocating scholarships to worthy applicants.
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.
He was ACAC Cross Country Running Convenor from 1993-2002 and again from 2005-09 and also served as Cross Country Skiing Convenor (2006-07), Golf Convenor (1999-00) and even Canoe Racing Convenor for a short period. For all his contributions to the ACAC, including a stint on the Executive as Secretary, Lorne was presented with an ACAC Al Bohonus Recognition Award in 2011. Moen retired from Portage College in 2013 and currently operates Shady Berry farm just outside Lac La Biche with his wife Eva.
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.
Perry coached the NAIT Ooks Hockey team for 14 seasons and left with a record of 457 wins-177 losses and 24 ties, 6 ACAC Championships, 6 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Championships and 7 times was honored as ACAC coach of the year. In 1984 his team went 24-0 in league play, and undefeated thorugh playoffs, championships and CCAA Championships.
In 1990 and 1991 he was Assistant coach with the Canadian Junior team which won World championships and coached the Canadian team in the Spengler Cup. In 1993 Perry was Head Coach of the Canadian Junior team that went 6-1 in the tournament and won the World Championship.
Since leaving NAIT, Perry coaching travels have taken him to Switzerland, Medicine Hat and then to the NHL where he has been an assistant coach in Winnipeg, Ottawa, New York and Montreal.
Congratulations Perry Pearn on your induction into the ACAC Wall of Fame.
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.
An active member of the Conference, Al has served two different terms as ACAC president, the first from 1980-81 to 1982-83 and second, more than a decade later, in 1990-91 to 1991-92. He remained as Past President from 1992-1995. He was also able to be more hands on, filling in as the cross country convener in 1997-98. He was inducted into the Mount Royal Wall of Fame in 2012.
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.
His belief in rewarding students for academic success while participating in intercollegiate athletics lead SAIT to be the only college in Canada to offer athletic/academic tuition fee scholarships to every athlete in every sport.
In addition to his commitment to the athletic program at SAIT, Ken contributed in a significant way to the development of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference and to the 4-West Conference. Ken was Vice-President from 1970 to 1972 and Treasurer from 1974 to 1978. He was a major builder of the National Championships for colleges in Canada.
As a key member of the Campus Centre Planning Committee, Ken was largely responsible for the outstanding athletic and physical recreation facilities found in this building, and he was a prime mover behind the development of a program of optional physical education subjects available to SAIT students.
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). Jim is a two-time recipient of the ACAC Men’s Hockey Coach of the Year award (2000-01, 2002-03).
In addition to being the hockey program’s first and longest tenured coach since Concordia joined the ACAC in 1992, Jim was regarded as an excellent instructor for various courses within the campus teaching community and was dedicated to the academic performance of his student-athletes.
The alumni of the Thunder Men’s Hockey program regard Jim as one of the most influential people in their lives, and many of those relationships between Jim and his former players remain to this day.
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. He won over 3700 games, obtaining a 90% winning percentage over a 30-year period. His teams received 13 consecutive ACAC pennants, 14 ACAC gold medals, eight of them consecutive in the 1980’s, and made 15 trips to the Canadian Colleges Athletic Association (CCAA) national finals, winning the 1984 National Championship. Cor was named coach of the year seven times by the ACAC and once by the CCAA.
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. Accordingly, he was also a member of the CCAA All Canadian team in both of those seasons in addition to being named a CCAA National Tournament All Star in 2009. Piche earned selection to the ACAC All Conference Team during each of his 4 years of ACAC participation, and was twice named ACAC Men’s Volleyball Player of the Year (2009 and 2013). He is still the ACAC’s all-time points leader in Men’s Volleyball while also ranking 1st all-time in Aces, 2nd in Kills and 10th in Digs. In his final season in 2012-13, the Huskies enjoyed their best regular season ever and went on to earn the ACAC bronze medal. Piche graduated with a Mechanical Construction and Trades Certificate.
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! This was the only winning record in the ACAC for the team until the 2012-13 season. He returned in 2008-09 to be Athletic Director at Briercrest, where he led the department until 2011-12.
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.
Based on his PhD research in 1976, Garry designed the Outdoor Leadership Program at Augustana. He helped devise Augustana's cross-country and biathlon programs: in 1973, with a $5,000 grant for ski equipment from the Camrose Rotary Club, Garry was able to start the cross-country ski program. Over his career, he coached both the Camrose Lutheran College's Canoeing and Cross-Country Ski Teams – both highly successful in the ACAC until he retired in 1996.
Garry received Augustana’s 1995 Betty Osterud Award for excellence in service in 1995.
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. His coaching duties over the years included volleyball, football, basketball, hockey and golf. Bob was also very involved in College committee work and served a term as President of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference. Bob was awarded his PhD in Physical Education Administration at the University of Oregon in 1975.
Bob served as a member of the Board of Governors from 1985 to 1991. He was Vice Chairman of the board for a term and Chairman of the Building Committee for the new College expansion project. He was also a member of the 25th Anniversary Committee.
Bob's legacy lives through the creation of an atmosphere of commitment and excellence, starting in 1966 carried forward to the present time.
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. Brock went on to lead the U of A Golden Bears to a CIS Championship and was named CIS All-Canadian, Championship MVP and U of A Athlete of the Year.
In 2002 Davidiuk joined the Junior National Team that won gold at the NORCECA Junior Championship. He then competed for the Senior National Team from 2004-2012.
Brock now directs his energy to coaching full time with the Golden Bears, completing his Masters in Coaching. In his ‘spare time’ he runs “Grass Roots Volley” which focuses on running position and skill specific clinics for volleyball athletes in Alberta.
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.
In 1997-98, she was CCAA Player of the Year averaging a league-best 4.75 kills per game. Three seasons later, in 2000-01, the ACAC honoured her as it's Player of the Year. That same season she took home a bronze medal with the Cougars at the CCAA National Championships. She was inducted into the Mount Royal Wall of Fame in 2012.
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. Although the CCAA National title proved elusive, she was selected to the CCAA National Championship All-Tournament team in all 4 years of her career.
After her playing career was over, Lana contributed to the Griffins as an Assistant Coach in 1996-97 and the subsequent season as Head Coach. MacEwan acknowledged the 4 time team MVP and 3 time Female Athlete of the Year with a placement on the Griffins Wall of Distinction. Lana wasn’t a slouch in the classroom either earning 4 consecutive CCAA Academic All-Canadian Awards as she worked towards a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science and eventually a Bachelor of Physical Education. Lana is currently a practising Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine.
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. He was drafted by the National Hockey League's Hartford Whalers in 1990 but spent that year in the American Hockey League playing for the Baltimore Skipjacks until 1992. An opportunity to play overseas had Lovsin join Sweden's Mora IK 1992-93 for 36 games.
Upon returning to full time participation with Team Canada, Lovsin enjoyed the opportunity to play in the 1994 Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway where Canada won the silver medal. Since retiring from his playing career, Lovsin has stayed involved in hockey as an assistant coach in Minor Hockey in Alberta.
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.
Ellery was instrumental in helping build and set-up the current governance model that the ACAC uses. He has continued to be very supportive of Athletics at Briercrest and of the ACAC. This support is evident as he has recently helped give leadership to the ACAC in policy and protocol as an Advisor for Governance and Institutional Effectiveness. He received the Al Bohonus Award in 2008-09 for his Executive Service to the ACAC and appointed as a Senator of the ACAC in 2010.
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 (1995-2000) while racking up an incredible 92-8 record. The women’s team won three silver and two bronze medals during his tenure. His coaching peers rewarded as women’s basketball Coach of the Year on four occasions.
Gerry’s trademark teams were built around all players playing in a pressure filled transition style of basketball. Players were extremely successful in the class room as well 97% of the players who played for him were successful in achieving their diplomas or completing their transfer requirements. The team won the academic award for the team with the highest grade point average six times, while finishing second twice.
He joined the Griffins as an assistant with the men’s basketball team in 1991, before taking the women’s basketball helm.
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.
A proud accomplishment was the creation of the Viking’s hockey program, still considered a strong ACAC program today. He was head coach and manager from 1967-1970 but continued on as team manager up until 1980. A founder of the internationally renowned Viking Cup Hockey Tournament, Johnson chaired the tournament from 1980 through to 1998.
Leroy Johnson’s contributions to his community have been well-acknowledged with the presentation of a number of notable awards and distinctions recognizing him locally, provincially and nationally. Among those many distinctions are the Premier Lougheed Alberta Achievement Award (1975); Augustana University College Distinguished Alumnus Award (1975); Chamber of Commerce Achievement Award for Sports & Culture (1988);The Camrose Rotary Integrity Award (1992); CFRN TV Sports Award of Excellence (1996); and the Hockey Alberta Centennial Award (2007).
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. As the only setter for the Rustlers she was a true leader on the team who worked hard in every practice and game. After graduating from her Business program at Lakeland Michele went on to compete for the University of Calgary Dinos to complete her playing career.
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. That year she was also honored at MHC with the Female Athlete of the Year Award.
Bongaards is a successful teacher and coach in the Medicine Hat area and recently returned to contribute back to Medicine Hat College athletics as a member of the Rattlers Booster Club.
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. The team captured the ACAC Silver medal and the CCAA Bronze medal in the 1991-92 season.
Following an outstanding college career, Jason joined Canada’s National team program and played professionally in Europe. In his 12 year tenure with the Canadian National Team, Jason played in more than 300 international matches. This included World Cups in 1995 & 2003 and World Championships in 1994, 1998, and 2002. He received the Best Blocker Award at the 1995 World Cup held in Japan. As a member of Team Great Britain, Jason participated in the sport of volleyball at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Jason has been playing volleyball at an international level for over 20 years and has been recognized as one of the best players in the world. To maintain this performance level for this period of time is a credit to his talent, his perseverance and his character.
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. Wayne moved the Huskies through the sports of badminton, bowling, cross country running, curling, racquetball, war canoe, and volleyball. Wayne served as a Convenor for badminton (1985), canoe (1988), golf (2003), curling (intermittently during 1985-1995), and Co-Convenor for cross country running (2004).
Although no longer the Athletic Director in the 10 years prior to retiring in 2010, Wayne played an integral role in the growth of Huskies Athletics as they expanded into soccer, basketball, futsal and men’s hockey. He paved the way for the construction of the Syncrude Sport & Wellness Centre, the current home of Keyano Huskies, and also the venue for Keyano’s first National hosting duties in the 2009 Men’s Volleyball National Championships, where he served as a committee member. His lasting legacy continues to impact students as he played a major role in our Student Athlete Enrollment Bursary that has recently surpassed $1,000,000.
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). He was twice honored as ACAC Coach of the year and in 1989-90 won the CCAA Coaching Excellence Award.
Throughout his coaching career at Lethbridge College, John was able to influence and touch many student athletes' lives through his mentoring and coaching. He forged close relationships with his players and worked hard to further their careers not only in sports, but in life. 6 players he coached were selected ACAC All Conference team members and one athlete earned CCAA All Canadian status under his tutelage. He also helped two players receive full scholarships to play south of the border, after enjoying success in his program. The John Jasiukiewicz Basketball Award of Excellence Fund was established in his honor in March of 2006 at Lethbridge College.
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. Felix graduated from the Business Administration program as well as the Native Cultural Arts Instructor Program.
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 (20.9ppg in 1990-91; 16.9ppg 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).
Her well-earned reputation as a hardworker, saw Lorenz seek out individual extra practice sessions to enhance her skills in order to help her team when she was needed most. After graduation from Augustana she moved on to play 2 years at the University of Lethbridge and then embarked upon a coaching career back at Augustana from 1994-99 where she moved from assistant to head coach.
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. Mary also volunteered for over 20 years on the Medicine Hat College (MHC) Rattlers Booster Club taking on executive roles of Treasurer and Secretary during that time.
The college recognized Mary’s contributions in 1994-95 with an Outstanding MHC Employee Service Award. Mary was also instrumental in Co-Chairing 3 CCAA National Championships hosted by MHC, and contributing to the organization of many other CCAA and ACAC events staged by MHC. Mathiessen was a well-respected contributing member of the ACAC Conference Council as a delegate from MHC.
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. Lethbridge College recognized Kip as its Athlete of the Year in 2001.
Upon graduation, Kangogo moved to the USA to compete for Brigham Young University and Texas Christian University where he further excelled in the NCAA. His eventual return to Lethbridge resulted in his appointment as an assistant coach for the Lethbridge College Kodiaks Cross Country Running program from 2007-2010. Currently ranked as one of Canada’s top 3 10K runners, Kangogo is continuing his pursuit to achieve the goal of running for Canada in the 2015Commonwealth Games, the World Athletics Championships and ultimately the 2016 Olympic summer Games.
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.
Al was instrumental in the start-up of the University of Lethbridge Pronghorns, the initiation of women’s hockey at RDC and within the ACAC. Al led Kings' Hockey to 3 CCAA gold and 2 CCAA silver medals. He served on the hockey development councils of Hockey Alberta, Canadian Amateur Hockey Association (CAHA) and chaired the research committee of the CAHA. Al was awarded coach of the year honors in both the ACAC and Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).
Al served in multiple leadership roles within the ACAC from 1975 to 2004, including secretary, VP governance, hockey convenor (8 yrs.), WHL educational rep., president, acting general manager and several volunteer committees. He served the CCAA as conference representative for 2 years, CCAA President (6 yrs.) and executive council member for 8 years.
Al organized the first ACAC women’s soccer friendly, precursor to sanctioned ACAC status, and was the lead for provincial pilot programs for Be Fit for Life Centres and Alberta Sport Development Centres.
With respect to his volunteer leadership roles Al states, “in-hindsight each role was a tremendous personal development experience and I view them as the high-lite of my professional career”. Al currently consults in sport management and development.