by Elizabeth Chan,
(ISN) – VICTORIA, B.C. – The University of Victoria Vikes are proud to announce the endowment of the Joey Weisbrodt Memorial Basketball award in remembrance of the late Joseph Weisbrodt, who passed away ten years ago in November 2004. This endowed award is meant to recognize a male and/or female student-athlete in the UVic Vikes basketball program who demonstrates a passion and commitment for the sport.
Weisbrodt served as an assistant coach for the Vikes in the early 1990s under then head coach, Ken Shields. He also served as the head coach of the junior varsity team at UVic in 1989-90.
“Joey’s energy exuded a perpetual tenaciousness and insatiable appetite for basketball,” said Shields, who guided the Vikes to seven-straight national championships. “He was an endearing friend, inspiring coach, a loving father and dedicated mentor who touched the lives of many on the basketball court, on the baseball field and in the business world of real estate.”
Weisbrodt was also involved in other activities, notably in coaching basketball in elementary schools and stepping up as a radio commentator for The Sports File AM 900 and a guest colour commentator for Vikes basketball on the campus radio station, CFUV.
“This financial award will carry forward the spirit of the man we continue to look for on the floor boards of McKinnon Gym,” added Shields.
For more information on athletic awards, please contact Teri Kerr, Athletics Alumni and Annual Giving Officer, at firstname.lastname@example.org