VANCOUVER (CIS) – Long-time sports administrator DaleSchulha, legendary coach Clare Drake and reporter Darren Zary willbe honoured by Canadian Interuniversity Sport on Wednesday night inVancouver.

The awards dinner will be held at The Sutton Place Hotel as partof CIS’ annual general meeting.

Schulha will receive the Austin-Matthews Award, presentedannually to an individual who has made an outstanding contributionto interuniversity sport, as demonstrated by long-term commitmentand leadership as a coach, director, chairperson and/or executivecommittee member at the local, provincial and/or nationallevels.

Drake merits the Jean-Marie De Koninck Coaching ExcellenceAward, which honours since 2007 an individual who has made anoutstanding contribution to university sport as demonstrated bylong-term commitment and leadership as a coach at the local,provincial, national and/or international levels.

Zary will take home the Fred Sgambati Media Award, presented toa member of media in recognition of major contributions to thedevelopment and growth of Canadian university sport.

“On behalf of the entire CIS membership, in particular our11,500 student-athletes and 700 coaches, I wish to congratulate ouraward recipients and thank them for their remarkable contributionto Canadian university sport,” said Pierre Lafontaine, chiefexecutive officer of CIS. “All three are passionate about CISand it’s important that we take time to celebrate and showour sincere appreciation to such unique individuals.”


Dale Schulha was involved in Canadian interuniversity athleticsfor close to 40 years, including 25 years with the Faculty ofPhysical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta andGolden Bears and Pandas Athletics. He stepped down as Director ofAthletics – his second time holding the position – in August 2010and is now taking a well-deserved break from his professionalduties.

It all started in his athlete days when Schulha played fiveyears for the Golden Bears’ football team (1968-1972), twiceserving as team captain, and making two appearances in the VanierCup (1971, 1972). He is famously known for throwing a touchdownpass on a fake field goal attempt while playing through a brokenbone in his wrist in Alberta’s 1972 Vanier Cup championshipwin.

Schulha, who holds a Master of Science degree, served in anumber of capacities at the U of A, including two stints as theDirector of Athletics (1989-93 and 2005-2010), Director ofMarketing and Public Relations (1985-89), University’s ActingDirector of Development (1994-95) and Associate Director ofDevelopment from (2004-05). He received a Block ‘A’sweater and ring from the university and watched two of his sons,Ryan and Aaron, compete for the Golden Bears’ football andvolleyball teams, respectively.

He was appointed the Chairman of the Department of Athleticsfrom 1989 to 1993 and, from July 1995 to June 2003, Schulha servedas the Director of Development and Alumni Affairs for the Facultyof Physical Education and Recreation, securing a $2.0 million giftfrom Eldon Foote to complete a 2001 legacy facility, Foote Field,which became the start of development of the university’sSouth Campus expansion.

Schulha also served as the University Liaison for the Edmonton2001 World Championships in Athletics and was also involved inother international events, including three FISU World UniversityGames in the winter of 1991 (Japan), winter of 1987(Czechoslovakia) and summer of 1983 (Edmonton).

In July 2003, he moved to an Associate Vice-President(Advancement) role at the University of Lethbridge, but returned tothe U of A in February of 2004 when he was named Associate Directorof Development for the Office of External Relations. He then beganhis second term as Director of Athletics in May of 2005.

Schulha was active in a leadership role throughout the CanadaWest conference and CIS, serving in a number of executivepositions, including as a member of the CIS board of directors(1990-1992), member of the CIS International Programs OfficeAdvisory Board (1998-1999) and member of the Canada West board ofdirectors (2006-2009).

“Dale’s ongoing work and passion on behalf of theUniversity of Alberta’s Athletic programs has been importantto our university’s leadership position in Canada,”said Dr. Kerry Mummery, Dean of the Faculty of Physical Educationand Recreation. “He has been an active participant andleading figure in many important aspects of Faculty and Universitylife over these years – ensuring that the University ofAlberta and its Golden Bears and Pandas Athletics programs havebeen at the forefront of interuniversity sport inCanada.”


A native of Yorkton, Sask., and long-time Edmonton resident,Clare Drake coached hockey at various levels in Canada, includingwith the Edmonton Oilers of the World Hockey Association and withthe Canadian National Team. He has influenced countless coaches,players and modern coaching disciplines at all levels of the sportand is most renowned for having coached the University of AlbertaGolden Bears, which is the most successful men’s universityhockey program in Canada.

As the Bears’ bench boss for 28 years (1958-1975, 1976-79,1980-1983 and 1984-1989) “Coach” Drake recorded 697wins, which still stands as a Canadian university record, against296 loss and 37 ties, for a .695 winning percentage. He won sixnational championships as coach of the program and a seventh as aplayer in 1954. Drake also guided the team to 17 Canada West hockeychampionships.

His most successful season as a U of A coach came in 1967-1968when he guided the Golden Bears football team to a nationalchampionship trophy in the fall and then the hockey squad to thenational title in the winter, a feat never accomplished before orsince. In football, Drake compiled a 23-4 record over three seasonswith Alberta (1962, 1967, 1968), leaving him with highest winningpercentage (.852) of any Bears football coach in the modern era. Heled the program to a pair of Canada West banners in addition to the1967 Vanier Cup.

He twice was honoured as the CIS coach of the year inmen’s hockey and won the Canada West conference award fourtimes. He served as the co-coach of Canada’s 1980 Olympichockey team and guided Canada to gold at the 1981 WinterUniversiade and a Spengler Cup tournament.

Drake was also a gifted educator who was for many years aprofessor in the Faculty of Physical Education at the U of A. Hewrote numerous research articles on the technical aspects ofhockey, lent his expertise to a variety of educational hockey filmsand videos, and provided enlightened leadership to HockeyCanada’s coach education initiatives. His writings formed thebasis of hockey’s first National Coaching CertificationProgram and he has supported its delivery through innumerableclinics and conferences at home and throughout North America,Europe, the Orient and Australia. He is also a developer of theNational Coach Mentorship Program, a committed mentor and ahands-on university coach, often referred to as the“dean” of Canadian intercollegiate hockey coaches.

His list of coaching awards also includes the 3M Gordon JuckesAward from Hockey Canada and the Geoff Gowan Award from theCoaching Association of Canada. He has received an honourary doctorof laws degree from the U of A, as well as the U of A’sDistinguished Alumni Award, the Alberta Centennial Medal and theAlberta Order of Excellence. He is a member of the U of A, UBC,Edmonton, Alberta and Canadian Sports Halls of Fame and is ahonourary member for life of the Alberta Football CoachesAssociation. The 85-year-old coaching legend was also recentlynamed to the Order of Hockey in Canada by Hockey Canada.

The list of prominent Canadian hockey people that Drake hasinfluenced includes NHL Stanley Cup championship coaches andtwo-time Canadian Olympic gold medalist coaches, Mike Babcock andKen Hitchcock.

Upon his retirement in 1989, the University of Alberta dedicatedVarsity Arena to Drake and renamed it Clare Drake Arena in 1990.Since 1985-86, the CIS rookie of the year in men’s hockeyreceives the Clare Drake Award.

“It is most fitting and appropriate that Clare isreceiving this award from Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Not onlyis he the most successful men’s hockey coach in CIS history, but hetruly embraced the spirit of Canadian university sport in that hecared as much, or more, about the education as he did thecompetition,” said Ian Reade, Director of Athletics at the Uof A. “Clare is known as the ‘dean of coaches’and the ‘coaches coach’, and for good reason. He hasundeniably influenced the game of hockey, and educated the coachesthat teach it today. Not only did he create and develop systems andideologies that are still being used today, at every level of thegame, both within Canada and internationally, but most importantly,he freely shared those ideas with everyone who came in contact withhim. This influenced the athletes on the ice as well as the coacheshe worked with, or competed against. His legacy of on-the-icesuccess, and generations of coaches who teach the game today, isunsurpassed.”


Darren Zary has been covering the University of SaskatchewanHuskies for 21 years, including the past 18 seasons with theSaskatoon StarPhoenix. During that span, Huskie Athletics has beenhis major beat, along with coverage on everything from junior A tomidget AAA hockey to the Saskatchewan Roughriders to high schoolsports and golf.

Zary has been fortunate enough to cover numerous CIS and CanadaWest conference championships over the years, many of them inSaskatoon but also in Moncton, Fredericton, Kitchener-Waterloo,Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. He has attended no less than 11University Cup men’s hockey national tournaments as well asCIS championships in women’s basketball, women’s andmen’s volleyball, track and field and wrestling, and ofcourse an extremely cold Vanier Cup final on “hometurf” in 2006.

In addition to covering each and every Huskie sports, many timesgoing from Rutherford Rink to PotashCorp Park and the PAC on thesame weekend, Zary never misses special Huskie Athletics eventssuch as the All-Academic Luncheon, Huskie Salute and allfundraising activities of the 15 teams. He also ensures he writesabout Saskatoon and Saskatchewan-born athletes playing elsewhere inthe Canada West and CIS.

During his time at the StarPhoenix, the U of S has won nationalbanners in men’s basketball, men’s volleyball and trackand field. He lists the Huskies’ first-ever CIS title inmen’s basketball in 2010 – and the many compellingstory-lines that followed the team along that journey – as“by far the biggest highlight thus far”.

An English major himself at the U of S, Zary also coveredHuskies hockey and volleyball during his three-year stint with theuniversity’s student newspaper, the Sheaf. He began taking aninterest in writing back in Grade 12 while volunteering for thestudent newspaper at Humboldt Collegiate Institute. He continued agrowing passion for the written word during his first year at St.Peter’s College by freelancing at the Humboldt Journal, wherehe worked for three summers while juggling a second full-time job.From there, he moved on to become sports editor of the BattlefordsNews-Optimist and then sports editor of the Telegraph in NorthBattleford, where he also free-lanced for the StarPhoenix, CanadianPress and United Press International.

Hired full-time by the StarPhoenix in 1996, he counts former SPstaffer Bob Florence, who shares a passion for university sport, ashis biggest influence, and credits former SP managing editor CamHutchinson for giving him a chance.

Zary graduated from Humboldt as the male athlete of the year andwon the Legion scholarship for athletics and academics. He playedevery sport available while growing up, everything from bowling,curling, baseball, hockey, football, basketball, badminton,volleyball and track and field. The highlight was winning aprovincial silver medal in 3A 12-man football as a slotback/runningback with the HCI Mohawks.

His dad, a former sprinter turned physical education teacher whocoached basketball, volleyball and track and field, would oftentake his children to the gymnasium and various sporting events.These days, it’s Darren’s turn to take his own kids tomany Huskie events and venues.

“Darren has been a supporter of Huskie Athletics for yearsand we thank him for everything he does on the Huskies beat,”said Basil Hughton, Athletic Director at the University ofSaskatchewan. “Rain or shine, Darren is at our events andmakes sure our athletes, teams and their achievements are sharedwith the Saskatoon community.”


Austin-Matthews Award:

2014 Dale Schulha
2013 Bob Philip
2012 Patricia Murray
2011 Major William John ‘Danny’ McLeod
2010 Francis Clayton
2009 Robert Dubeau
2008 Ross Wilson
2007 Barb Mullaly
2006 Lyle Sanderson
2005 Aubrey Ferris
2004 Not awarded
2003 Val Schneider
2002 Joyce Fromson
2001 Darwin Semotiuk
2000 Jean-François Grenier
1999 Not awarded
1998 Don Wells
1997 Rich Newbrough
1996 Keith Harris
1995 Ken & Donna Fultz
1994 Mary Lyons
1993 Robert Hindmarch
1990-92 Not awarded
1989 Carl Totzke
1988 Not awarded
1987 Robert Descheneaux
1986 Marilyn Pomfret
1985 Ed Zemrau
1984 Dr. Vance Toner
1983 Gladys Bean
1982 Elizabeth Chard
1981 Robert Pugh

Jean-Marie De Koninck Coaching ExcellenceAward:

2014 Clare Drake – Alberta (men’s hockey &football)
2013 Sonny Wolfe – McGill & Acadia (football)
2012 Bob Bain – York & Alberta (men’sbasketball)
2011 Kathy Shields – Victoria (women’s basketball) *
2011 Dick Mosher – UBC (men’s & women’s soccer)*
2010 Steve Konchalski – St. Francis Xavier (men’sbasketball)
2009 Larry Haylor – Western Ontario (football)
2008 Lou Pero – Lakehead (men’s basketball)
2007 Linda Marquis – Laval (women’s basketball)

* co-recipients

Fred Sgambati Media Award:

2014 Darren Zary (The StarPhoenix – Saskatoon)
2013 Richard Boutin (Journal de Québec)
2012 Mary Caton (The Windsor Star)
2011 Monty Mosher (The Chronicle Herald – Halifax)
2010 Tim Micallef (The Score Television Network)
2009 Howard Tsumura (The Province – Vancouver)
2008 Pierre Durivage (Productions Rivage – Montreal)
2007 Bill Sturrup (CHML Radio – Hamilton)
2006 Serge Vleminckx (Journal de Montréal)
2005 Ian Hamilton (Regina Leader-Post)
2004 Jean-Paul Ricard (La Tribune – Sherbrooke)
2003 John Short (Edmonton Journal / CJCA Radio)
2002 Wayne Kondro (The Ottawa Citizen / Southam News)
2001 Phil Lachapelle & Ken Welch (CHTV – Hamilton)
2000 CHRW Radio (University of Western Ontario – London)
1999 Christine Rivet (Kitchener-Waterloo Record)
1998 Robert MacLeod (The Globe and Mail)
1997 Paul Hendrick (ONtv – Hamilton)
1996 Ken Newans (CFCN-TV – Calgary)
1995 Not awarded
1994 Bruce Perrin (TSN)
1993 Not awarded
1992 Serge Vleminckx (Journal de Montréal)
1991 Not awarded
1990 Ken Fathers (The Windsor Star)
1989 Ken Newans (CFCN-TV – Calgary)
1988 Norm Marshall (CHCH-TV – Hamilton)
1987 Peter Watts (TSN) & Don Lovegrove (The HamiltonSpectator)
1986 Pete James (CFPL TV – London)
1985 Scott Mathews (Atlantic Television Network)
1984 John Hancock (CBC Radio – Montreal)
1983 Al Ryan (The Toronto Star)
1982 Scott Taylor (Winnipeg Free Press) & NormandLégère (L’Évangéline –Moncton)
1981 Mike Murray (The Hockey News) & Henry Pasila (CHCH-TV– Hamilton)
1980 Wally Sears (Sackville Tribune Post)
1979 Henry Viney (CFCN-TV – Calgary)
1978 Not awarded
1977 Randy Phillips (The Gazette – Montreal)
1976 Bill Johns (Kitchener-Waterloo Record)
1975 Jim Crerar (Victoria Daily Times)
1974 Hugh Townsend (The Chronicle Herald – Halifax)
1973 Jim Vipond (The Globe and Mail)
1972 Bob Gage (The London Free Press)

L.B. “Mike” Pearson Award

2014 Not awarded
2013 Not awarded
2012 The Honourable R. Roy McMurtry
2011 Not awarded
2010 Not awarded
2009 Not awarded
2008 Not awarded
2007 Not awarded
2006 Dr. Jean-Marie De Koninck
2005 Sylvia Fedoruk
2004 Not awarded
2003 Ed Zemrau
2002 Dr. Robert Brodrick
2001 Dick Pound
2000 Paul Giannelia
1999 Dr. Sean Riley
1998 Not awarded
1997 Carol Anne Letheren
1996 Doug Mitchell
1995 John Cleghorn
1994 Senator Trevor Eyton
1986-93 Not awarded
1985 George Springate
1984 Dr. Hugh Noble
1981-83 Not awarded
1980 The Right Honourable Roland Michener
1976-79 Not awarded
1975 Angus Duncan McLachlin
1973-74 Not awarded
1972 The Right Honourable L.B. “Mike” Pearson

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