by Ali Lee, Vikes Communications
February 6, 2014, Victoria (ISN) – For 10 years now the University of Victoria has honoured coaches, athletes and builders into the UVic Sports Hall of Fame and this year one athlete and two coaches will be inducted on April 1 at the annual Celebration of Champions event for the class of 2014.
Field hockey stand out Jan Crook as well as the rugby-coaching duo of Dr. David Docherty and Dr. Bruce Howe will be honoured for their accomplishments and long-time contributions.
A five-year member of the Vikettes women’s field hockey program, Crook is one of, if not the first to pioneer the University of Victoria name at the international level. From 1974-79, the center forward showcased her combination of skill, work ethic and leadership to help earn UVic’s first title in the Vancouver Island Premier Division in 1974, first Canada West title in 1975 and two bronze medals at the CIAU national championships in 1975 and 1976. Crook was honoured with the Robert T. Wallace Shield for UVic’s Rookie of the Year in 1975 and earned the prestigious President’s Cup in 1978.
A decorated varsity student-athlete, Crook went on to compete for Canada from 1974-81, competing in two world cups in 1978 and 1981 and captained the squad in the latter year. Following an incredible athletic career, Crook took her talents to the sidelines, where she coached the Calgary Dinos from 1983-88. Crook is now a counselling psychologist in Calgary and is an active swimmer, having competed at the 2005 Canadian Masters Championship.
Also being inducted into the UVic Sports Hall of Fame are the coaching duo of Dr. Docherty and Dr. Howe who led the Vikes men’s rugby program together from 1978-93. Under their leadership the Vikes won three Barnard Cup victories in 1984, 1985 and 1987. The pair first met at the University of Oregon, when Howe was coaching the men’s rugby program that Docherty played on while both were in further education to complete their Ph.D’s.
Both Docherty and Howe eventually found their way to the island, where both went on to become leaders and long-time UVic professors in the now-called School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education. While juggling full-time teaching responsibilities and coaching, both were also actively involved with Canada’s national team programs. Howe was concurrently coaching the senior men’s national team from 1978-83, while both were heavily involved in programming for Rugby Canada in their areas of expertise – strength and conditioning for Docherty and sports psychology for Howe.
A former team Canada player himself, Docherty also coached Canada’s under 19, 20 and 23 men’s programs and spent time assistant coaching the senior men’s national team from 1995-99 and the senior women’s team from 2002-04.
Both leaders continue to contribute to the rugby community including Howe returning to help lead the Vikes women’s rugby team in 2011-12, while Docherty helped the Vikes men until 2013. Well known as active fundraisers and leaders still today, the celebration of the contributions of both Dr. Docherty and Dr. Howe are both long overdue.
Members of the community looking to submit nominations to the UVic Sports Hall of Fame may e-mail vicvikes@Uvic.ca“>vicvikes@Uvic.ca for an application form or visit http://govikesgo.com/HOF for details.
Tickets will be available for the Vikes Celebration of Champions, which includes the Hall of Fame inductions combined with the Vikes annual Athletics Awards banquet to recognize the outstanding achievements of UVic student-athletes over the past year. Tickets are $85 per person (plus GST). For more information please visit www.govikesgo.com/COC
Hall of Fame Class of 2013
Silverado Socrates, Cross-country/Track
Nicci Wright, Soccer
Dr. Derek Ellis, Cross-country/Track, Builder
Hall of Fame Class of 2012
Michael Edgson, Swimming
Lynne Beecroft, Field Hockey
1981-82 Women’s Basketball team
Hall of Fame Class of 2011
Greg Streppel, Swimming
Eric Hinrichsen, Basketball
1970-71 Men’s Rugby Team
Hall of Fame Class of 2010
Laurelee Kopeck, Field Hockey
Tracie McAra (Sibbald), Basketball
Hall of Fame Class of 2009
Kelly Dukeshire, Basketball
Carey Nelson, Cross Country
1983 Men’s Rowing, Varsity Eight
Hall of Fame Class of 2007
Gary Dukelow, Rugby
Robyn Meagher, Cross Country/Track
Deb Whitten, Field Hockey
Hall of Fame Class of 2006
Kirsten Barnes, Rowing
Gerald Kazanowski, Basketball
Luanne Krawetz (Hebb), Basketball
Howard Petch, Builder
1975 Men’s Soccer, Team
Hall of Fame Class of 2005
Rochelle Low, Field Hockey
Robbie Parris, Basketball
Eli Pasquale, Basketball
Pam Rai, Swimming
Mark Wyatt, Rugby
Hall of Fame Class of 2004
Jon Kelly, Swimming
Al Morrow, Rowing
Debbie Scott, Cross Country/Track
1984-85 Women’s Field Hockey, Team
Hall of Fame Class of 2003
Howard Gerwing, Rugby
Nancy Mollenhauer (Charlton), Field Hockey
Derek Porter, Rowing
1979-80 Men’s Basketball, Team
Hall of Fame Class of 2002
Lorne Loomer, Rowing
Wally Milligan, Soccer
Gareth Rees, Rugby
Ken Shields, Basketball
Kathy Shields, Basketball