Gavin Schmitt was proven to be the pivotal player when the Red Deer College Kings Volleyball team earned their eighth consecutive and final ACAC and CCAA Championship in an unprecedented run of eight consecutive Championship seasons ending 2006-07.
The Kadonaga brother-sister combo is something special.
They hold the distinction of being the only athletes to be named SAIT Trojans Male and Female ‘Athletes of the Year’ in consecutive years, in this case 1993-1994 and 1994-1995.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (20.9 ppg in 1990-91; 16.9 ppg 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.