Every successful athletics program has a rock-solid foundation. For the SAIT Trojans men's hockey team, that foundation was laid by Bob Moore. Bob joined the Trojans during the 1977-78 season after several years working in scouting and player personnel roles with the Calgary Centennials, Billings Bighorns and Calgary Wranglers of the Western Hockey League.
The name of Dr. Susan Higgins was synonymous with Medicine Hat College Rattlers (MHC) athletics and ACAC volleyball in southern Alberta for over two decades. Sue began her ACAC volleyball coaching career overseeing the Rattlers women’s program from 1977-82 before moving on to lead the men’s team from 1986-95.
From 1973-1994, Ray Rocheleau coached curling, cross-country, badminton, men’s basketball, women’s and men’s volleyball teams. He also coached a Zone 2 Boy’s Provincial Selection Volleyball Team and the Alberta Men’s Volleyball Can-Am Games Team.
Gerry Couzens was the architect, the heart and the soul in building the Griffins women’s basketball program into a perennial power. As a head coach from 1992-2000 Gerry had experienced only one losing season, his first, in a compiling eight year run that finished with a 208-78 record. Gerry’s teams won the North Conference the five consecutive years (95-00) while racking up an incredible 92-8 record.
Johnny J - as he was known around Lethbridge and ACAC basketball circles- is as close to a coaching legend as anyone who’s ever led any team in any sport in the southern Alberta city. During his long career guiding the Lethbridge Community College Kodiaks women’s basketball program, Johnny J’s teams won 3 ACAC titles (1987-88, 1988-89, 1989-90) and 2 CCAA National Championships (1988-89 and 1989-90).
Doug started his long association with Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) in 1976 as a student-athlete. Over the course of three seasons, he played basketball, volleyball, golf and badminton. In 1978 and 1980 he was awarded the badminton Most Valuable Player.
Ian Allan started his association with the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference as the head coach of the NAIT Ooks men’s volleyball team from 1986-1989 before returning north to take on Athletic Director duties at Keyano College from 1989-1996. He was instrumental in starting up cross country running and men’s and women’s volleyball.
Jim MacLean was the Head Coach of the Concordia Thunder Men’s hockey team for 17 seasons, beginning in 1992-93 and retired after the 2008-09 season. During that period, his teams made the playoffs in 16 of 17 seasons, and he led the Thunder to 1 ACAC conference championship in 2002-03. Under Jim’s leadership, the team also won ACAC silver on 1 occasion (2008-09) and bronze twice (2003-04, 2007-08).
Stan Peters has had an impact on Briercrest College and Seminary Athletics in every aspect that is possible. After a standout career as a player, he returned to Briercrest as head coach of the Briercrest men’s basketball program from 1989 until 1998. He was recognized as the ACAC South men’s coach of the year in 1996-97, Briercrest’s inaugural season in the ACAC, where he led the team to a remarkable 12-8 record!
Garry “Gibber” Gibson and his wife Dorothy have served Augustana for over 30 years. Their motto has been, through outdoor leadership and athletics, to lead young people to a greater awareness of the natural world, themselves, others and ultimately, their God. They continue to be involved with Augustana, church, and sports.
As coach of the NAIT Ooks Hockey team Perry Pearn built a Tradition of Excellence in the program that continues to this day. His work ethic and attention to detail have made him successful and respected at the collegiate, national, international and professional levels.
Calvin Aubin holds one of the finest coaching resumes of all-time in the ACAC. In his five years as the head coach, 1990-1995, Aubin compiled a record of 84 wins and 12 losses (a winning percentage of 87.5%). During that period he won three ACAC titles (1990-91 to 1992-93) and silver medals in 1993-94 and 1994-95, medalling every year.
Les Parsons started his coaching career at Lakeland where he coached the women's volleyball team from 1988 - to 1996. He also coached the Cross Country Running team and worked with the Cross country ski team for a number of those years.
Greg Barthel started his volleyball career at King’s University College as a player, then Assistant Coach and finally Head Coach from 1999-2007. Since King’s only entered their volleyball teams in the ACAC in 1997, Greg was responsible for building his teams into powerhouse contenders, leading his team to King’s first ACAC medal.
Phil Allen joined SAIT as the Men's Basketball Head Coach in 1978-1979 and began an odyssey of success unequalled in the history of the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC). Between 1978 and 1996, in 15 years behind the bench, Allen's teams won nine ACAC Championships including an unprecedented seven in a row from 1980 to 1986.
Dr. Don Stouffer’s impact on college athletics is undeniable. Over his 32 years of involvement he coached, convened and presided as the President over several different associations.
He began as Mount Royal’s golf coach (1966-1999) and then added men’s hockey coach to his resume for four seasons.
Cor Ouwerkerk coached many sports at several levels, including basketball, football, gymnastics, rugby, soccer, track and field, and volleyball. Cor excelled as an ACAC coach for five decades from 1968 to 2000. He coached the RDC Volleyball Queens for 25 years, leading them to six undefeated seasons.