ACAC Class of 2017: Dr. Yvonne Becker

ACAC Class of 2017:  Dr. Yvonne Becker

by ACAC Sports Writer Curtis J. Phillips

In celebration of its 50th season of competition, the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) held its inaugural ACAC Hall of Fame selection and ceremony in 2014 with induction of 50 individuals within the categories of builders and administrators, coaches and student-athletes.

In this the second installment, a total of eight inductees will be named with a Class of 2017 ceremony scheduled for May 13, 2017 in Calgary, Alberta.

Below is the fourth of eight inductee profiles


Dr. Yvonne Becker, University of Alberta-Augustana

Dr. Yvonne Becker, Associate Professor of Physical Education at University of Alberta Augustana campus, has played an integral role in the development and vision of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) and Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA).

She spent 17 years as a member of the ACAC executive from 1987 1998 and after a three-year hiatus was back offering her expertise from 2000-2006.

In her first stint, her appointments were (chronological order): Cross Country Skiing Convenor 1987-1988, Canoeing Convenor 1988-1989 and 1996-1997, Secretary 1987-1991, Vice President 1991-1992, President 1992-1995 and Past President 1995 -1998.

From 2000-2006 she was Women's Hockey Convenor 2000- 2003 and Vice President (Operations) 2003 – 2006.

"I had the privilege of working with Yvonne for close to 20 years," said ACAC Class of 2014 inductee Allan Ferchuk. "Yvonne set the standard with respect to volunteering and committing to the success of the ACAC.  She was an advocate for equality of athlete sport involvement, key to formation of ACAC women's hockey amongst other sport genesis."

"At the national level, she was key in the growth of the women's apprentice coaching programs. Champion for values-based decision making at the provincial and national level… setting the standard for all AD's at the conference table for accountability to participate and complete tasks necessary for the success of the conference. She contributed significantly to the development of sound human resource practices within the staff component of the conference."

Mark Kosak, ACAC CEO, had this additional information in regards to Becker's impact on the ACAC: "She coached women's basketball at Augustana for years and introduced women's hockey at Augustana before it was cut due to budget issues. She was the driving force behind the ACAC Appeal Process which is commonly used today. Yvonne put us in touch with Hilary Findlay of Sport and Law (Ottawa) who wrote the policy and consulted for us. She was also a drive for the ACAC Harassment policy."

In regards to her involvement with the CCAA: "Yvonne was also a member of the CCAA's Board of Directors as the ACAC representative from 2003-04 to 2005-06. She was a member and Chair of the CCAA's Women's Sport Development Committee and has sat on several CCAA Appeal Committee's over those years. Yvonne was instrumental in the implementation of the Female Apprentice Coach Program. This program is in its 12 season and has successfully identified and nurtured female graduated student-athletes into apprentice coach positions with CCAA varsity sport programs, providing them opportunity to gain experience and direction from a qualified mentor coach and through coach certification. 61% of those former apprentice coaches continue to coach in a variety of capacities today," Sandra Murray-MacDonell - Executive Director CCAA.

Dr. Becker educational profile includes: B.P.E., University of Alberta, M.A., University of Alberta and a Ph.D., University of Queensland, Australia.