Hall of Fame
Special awards issue 2019
Most Sportsmanlike Coach
In This Issue:
Katherine's career in High School Sports began at Harry Ainlay High School. She played on the Sr. Women's Basketball team, having two undefeated seasons in her three years from 2007-2010. In 2009, Katherine was invited to the National Elite Development Academy, being only one of 12 girls invited across Canada, and in 2010 received the Miss Basketball Alberta Award. Katherine also played on the City and Provincial Champion teams for Volleyball all three years of high school.
During the summers she joined Team Alberta, finishing 2nd at Nationals U15 in 2007, 2nd at Nationals U17 in 2008, and 1st at the Canada summer Games U17 in 2009.
Katherine went on to Marquette University, big East Conference (Div. 1) in 2010 and spent the next four years getting ready for her professional career in basketball. In 2010 she was on the NCAA Tournament 2nd round Freshman Team. During her junior year at University she was Second team, All Big East All-Academic Team winner. Katherine capped off her 2013 year as All Big East first Team, Big East Scholar Athlete of the Year, CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District Team and All-American Honorable mention.
While attending University she balanced school and the Canadian Junior National Team. Also in 2010, Katherine played as a FIBA America World Qualifier at 3rd place, and in 2011 was at World Champions taking 5th place. In 2014 she went back to the World Championships in Turkey taking home a 5th place finish.
With University done, Katherine went on to the Pan American Champion and FIBA America's Champion as an Olympic Qualifier. She also Participated at the Nantes Reze Basket in France, LFB, and the Euro Cup for two years 2015-2016. In 2015 Katherine was the French League MVP.
Katherine went on to represent Canada at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games in Brazil, and in 2017 was a contestant at the FIBAmericup Champions.
It is with great pleasure that we induct Katherine into the Hall of Fame as a 2019 Athlete Inductee.
Michelle's career in High School Sports began at Harry Ainlay High School. She played on the Sr. Women's Basketball team, having two undefeated seasons in her three years from 2007-2010. In 2009 Michelle was invited to the National Elite Development Academy, being only one of 12 girls invited across Canada, and in 2010 received the Miss Basketball Alberta Award. Michelle also played on both City and Provincial Champion Teams for Volleyball all three years of high school.
During the summers she joined Team Alberta finishing 2nd at Nationals U15 in 2007, 2nd at Nationals U17 in 2008, and 1st at the Canada summer Games U17 in 2009.
Michelle went on to University of Utah, Mountain West Conference (Div. 1) in 2010 and a Pac 12 Conference from 2014. Michelle spent the next four years getting ready for her professional career in Basketball. Michelle received multiple awards such as NWC Freshman of the year, WNIT runner up, and WNIT All-Tournament Team. Michelle also received the Senior Class Award Nominee, Occie Evans Award recipient as University of Utah's top female student athlete 2013, Honorable Mention WBCA All-American, Drafted 19th overall by the Seattle Storm. Michelle ended her University career with 2,100 career points being the 2nd in the school's history and had 1,155 career rebounds making her 1st for University of Utah school history.
While attending University she balanced school and the Junior National Team. In 2009, Michelle took 4th place at the World Championships in Thailand, 3rd place in 2010 at the FIBA America World Qualifier and 5th place in 2011 at World's in Chile. In 2012 Michelle went to her 1st Olympic Games coming in top 8 in London. She ended her University time with another trip to World Championships in Turkey taking 5th place.
With University done, Michelle went on to the Pan American Games taking home a gold and FIBA America's Champion as Champion in 2015. Michelle went on to her second Olympics on Team Canada in 2016 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil finishing top 8, and in 2017 brought home another Gold at FIBAmericup Champions.
Michelle has played for the Arras Pays d'Artois Basket a French League (LFB), the USO Mondeville Basket, TGB Basket and can currently be found playing for the Lyon ASVEL Feminin Club. She gives back to the community she started with hosting the Plouffe Hoops Camp since 2015 at Harry Ainlay School for youth boys and girls.
It is with great pleasure that we induct Michelle into the Hall of Fame as a 2019 Athlete Inductee.
Cal began his high school coaching career in 1971. He was directly involved in high school sports for thirty six years (1971- 2007); his entire professional career.
Cal was an ASAA Zone Representative in the South Central, South West and then South Zones for a total of 36 years. He coached high school sports 1971 -2001 and he served as Athletic Director at Catholic Central High School 1987 -2007. His contribution to school sport was not only in coaching but also leadership in the many volunteer positions he held in various sports councils and leagues.
In 1971-1976 at Canmore High School, Cal coached girls basketball, girls volleyball, track & field, badminton, and cross country.
In 1973, his girls basketball team won Zone Championships, the first team banner in that school's history. In 1976, Cal coached the football team to earn the T. Eaton (Golden Football) Championship which is the Tier 1 football classification today. This is the same championship event that Cal threw the winning pass as the team backup quarterback for Catholic Central in 1963. In 1979 -1981, Cal coached at the Girls Volleyball Zones bringing home gold medals, and a Provincial Bronze medal ,1981. In 1980 -1981, Cal's girls basketball team brought home Zone gold medals again, the consolation award at Provincials in 1980, and gold at Provincials in 1981. From 1982-1985, his girls basketball team won Zones again and took home second in Provincials in 1982 & 1983, and a bronze at Provincials in 1985. In 1986 they received Zone and Provincial gold medals. From 1991-1994 they won Zone gold medals, Provincial bronze medals in 1991, and the Provincial consolation awarded in 1993. In 2001 they received Zone gold medal.
From a coaching excellence standpoint, six of Cal’s high school athletes went on to participate on the Canada National Womens Basketball team.
Cal has been and is highly regarded and respected by players, coaches and administrators to this day. He is still contributing to CCHS Cougars Girls Basketball. Catholic Central High School has named the basketball court in the main gym ‘Cal’s Court. and the school hosts a Girls Basketball tournament named ‘Cal O’Brien Classic’.
It is with great pleasure that we induct Cal into our Hall of Fame as the 2019 Coach Inductee.
Todd has refereed 1564 games in basketball over 23 years. Todd began his first season in 1996/97 with 25 games in his first year. He now averages 68 games a season, and has driven more than 150,000 km to officiate. In the 2012/13 season Todd officiated 102 games alone. Todd has officiated at 15 ACAL, 39 Men's League, 554 Jr High, 956 Sr. High, and too many to count in Elementary basketball games.
Todd has also officiated at Provincials, including the 2013 3A Girls Provincial Basketball Championships at Strathmore High and 2014 1A Girls Basketball Championship at Clear Water Academy.
While Todd was in Barrhead he not only officiated, he assigned all the games for the Association. Todd made sure every game was covered even if it meant he had to cover more games or travel to all towns within the Association's reach.
Todd has trained and mentored numerous officials throughout his career, supporting them throughout their entire development. Todd has a knack for positively interacting with coaches and players to diffuse situations and remain in control of the game- all qualities that are important in a mentor.
Todd loves to interact with everybody while he is refereeing. You can often see Todd in the crowd between games visiting with parents, coaches and players. Todd can switch from an ACAC game one night to Grade 7 game the next night and give both groups his best effort.
Off the court Todd is often involved in the hosting of events. Todd supported the 2015 2A Boys, 2016 1A girls and 2017 2A Girls Provincial Basketball Championships, using his expertise to guide and assist the hosts. He has worked behind the scenes on countless ASAA Provincials. While Todd was helping out with 2A Girls provincials at PCA and supporting the officials he received a sportsmanship pin from the host for his willingness to assist all the teams participating in one way or another.
It is with great pleasure that we induct Todd into the Hall of Fame as the 2019 Official Inductee.
Scott began his work as an Athletic Administrator at Ross Sheppard High School in 1998. He set the standard and culture for one of the most successful runs in Alberta high school sports history, with 8 Provincial Championships, 13 other Provincial Finals, and at least 25 City Championships during his ten years.
Scott has since become the President of the CIAAA. Scott led the Registered Apprenticeship Program and Career Pathways at Ross Sheppard and then Harry Ainlay. However, Scott not only stayed involved in athletics, but he also strengthened his connection with high school sport by becoming involved with the AIAAA. As early as 2009, he represented Edmonton on the AIAAA Board and was one of the first Leadership Training Program (LTP) Course Instructors in Canada.
Scott has written or co-written seven of the 18 Canadian LTP courses and developed no less than 10 workshops for athletic directors, presenting over 40 times to more than 1000 athletic directors and coaches.
For over 20 years Scott has displayed his fervent belief in educational athletics. He demonstrates this in action with the teams and players he’s coached, the coaches he has mentored, and with the wisdom he has shared with so many others.
He is a servant leader and his impact will continue to be felt for decades to come.
It is with great pleasure that we induct Scott into the Hall of Fame as the 2019 Administrator Inductee.
Alberta High School Sports
Hall of Fame Inductees
Special Achievement Award Founders(2006)
Bob Albrecht (RedDeer)
Jack Allen (Edmonton)
Ruby Anderson (Edmonton)
T.D. Baker (Edmonton)
Clydie A. Bird (Edmonton)
A. Stewart Bird (Edmonton)
Jim Blumwell (Magrath)
Gordon W. Foster (Calgary)
Bill J. Hackett (Calgary)
Grant Jensen (Cardston)
Don Macintosh (Edmonton)
John Mayell (Calgary)
Herb McLachlin (Edmonton)
Rudy Melnychuk (Edmonton)
Len Pallesen (Calgary)
Lew W. Roberts(Calgary)
Robert H. Routledge (Edmonton)
Ted Sawchuk (Edmonton)
Ward Steckle (Calgary)
Gretta Schwartz (Calgary)
Father Whelihan (Calgary)
Ronald P. White (Calgary)
Jim Whitelaw (Lethbridge)
The Ralph Family (Inducted in 2012)
Jim Ralph Sr.
Victoria Composite High School Boys Basketball Team 1955/1956 (Inducted in 2006)
Joe Bedford Bob Lindberg
Elmer Brendzan David McLean
Gary Day Don Monro
Len Dudka Ted Frechette
Roman Swynchuk Peter Hasey
Dave Hicks Don Kay
Jack Allen (Coach)
Don Macintosh (Coach)
Ralph Johnston (Coach)
Stettler High School Girls Basketball Team 1959/1960 (Inducted in 2010)
Diane Brodie Carol Stewart
Geraldine Dennis Marcia Stevens
Kathleen Keibel Jane Lucin
Margaret Nielsen Margo Schmidt
Heike Schueller Maureen Wingert
Darlene Doell Ruth Fortems
Louise Bleier (Inducted in 2016)
Herb McLachlin (2006)
Bruce Schwieder (2010)
Parrish Tung (2013)
Morgan Munroe (2015)
Philippa Fairbairn (2016)
John Bauer (2018)
Todd Kennedy (2019)
John Mayell (2006)
Lorne Wood (2006)
Dr. Leroy Walker (2007)
Robert (Bob) Stewart (2008)
John Semkuley (2010)
John Takahashi (2012)
Myron Buryn (2013)
Dean Rook (2014)
Norma Smith (2015)
Don Maxwell (2017)
Scott Bezubiak (2019)
Marge Clarke (2006)
Jim Whitelaw (2006)
Susan Moncks (2009)
Bryan Anderson (2010)
Glen Magneson (2010)
Barb Young (2011)
Tom Inkster (2011)
Lou Rondeau (2012)
Dianne Greenough (2013)
Robbie McNab (2013)
Ian MacGillivray (2014)
Chuck Hebert (2015)
Rick Haines (2016)
Bill Young (2016)
Del Cleland (2017)
Andrew Przybylski (2018)
Cal O'Brien (2019)
Richard Foggo (2007)
Beckie Scott (2008)
Brian Fryer (2008)
Pierre Leuders (2010)
Angela Whyte (2010)
Terry Danyluk (2011)
Christine Nordhagen (2011)
Leighann Reimer (2012)
Jenny Ciochetti (2014)
Esther Medema-Sieben (2014)
Pat Filipenko (2015)
Megan Metcalfe (2016)
John Bender (2016)
Jen Kish (2017)
Stefan Daniel (2017)
Danielle Lappage (2018)
Katherine Plouffe (2019)
Michelle Plouffe (2019)
Media Recognition Award
Most Sportsmanlike Coach Award
Most Sportsmanlike Coach
Marianne has been an outstanding senior boys basketball coach for the past 13 years at J.H. Picard and has coached and sponsored many other sports throughout her career. Marianne’s passion for the game and for the development of her players in life are beyond exceptional. Even during intense games, she models control and sportsmanship, giving positive and constructive feedback to her players. Marianne transforms her players to be gentlemen who are kind, considerate and always demonstrate good sportsmanship during the competitive games of basketball.
Marianne also models and expects her players to respect official calls even when they think they may be wrong. She coaches to win, but she also makes her players sensitive to the opponent’s dignity and confidence. All of Marianne's student-athletes are expected to follow and respect the code of conduct. Marianne's sportsmanlike coaching transforms the lives of the young men she coaches. Coaching skills and systems to win are part of what all basketball coaches do, but Marianne goes far beyond this to be also a true life coach for the players who are fortunate enough to have her as a coach.
Finally, Marianne is well appreciated and has built many positive relationships not only by the players, but also officials, coaches and parents. Marianne encompasses what sportsmanship is all about. She is an inspiration and a passionate sports leader who will be missed dearly when she retires at the end of the year.
Mitch comes to Medicine Hat after beginning his broadcasting career in Fort St. John, BC.
Born in Olds, AB and raised in Sundre, AB, Mitch grew up the same way many young Canadian's grow up; at the hockey rink. His love of hockey transformed him into a passionate sports fan, and ultimately his venture into broadcasting. Along with hockey, golf has also been a big part of his life playing and competing throughout North America.
Self-described as awkwardly charismatic, he enjoys living a healthy, active lifestyle, singing at locations no one else can hear him, playing guitar, and giving his two cents on the latest Calgary Flames game.
Mitch Bach covers sports for Chat TV as well as social media postings and a number of their stories get printed in the Med Hat News. He looks for opportunities to promote athletics in Medicine Hat. We feel fortunate to have him cover athletics at Medicine Hat High School.
Born in Edmonton and raised in Okotoks, Scott comes to CHAT TV after spending most of his life in southern Alberta.
Scott graduated from SAIT's Radio, Television & Broadcast News Program with honours in 2014, and spent the first two years of his career with THE EAGLE 100.9 in his hometown of Okotoks as a news & sports reporter. More recently, Scott Spent close to two years in Melfort, SK working as a news & sports reporter, and the play -byplay voice of the SJHL Mustangs and Nipawin Hawks.
Away from the newsroom he is often found obsessively watching hockey, football, and baseball, or butchering a variety of songs on guitar and drums.
Scott Roblin covers sports for Chat TV as well as social media postings and a number of their stories get printed in the Med Hat News. He looks for opportunities to promote athletics in Medicine Hat. We feel fortunate to have him cover our athletics on behalf of Medicine Hat High School.
John F. Mayell (1971)
Robert Stewart (1972)
Gordon Prusky (1974)
John Takahashi (1975)
Roy R. Gouchey (1976)
Marion Irwin (1977)
Jim Whitelaw (1978)
Hugh Morrell (1979)
Myron Buryn (1980)
Tom Humphrey (1981)
Dean Rook (1983)
Bill Armstrong (1984)
Don Gustafson (1985)
Robert Albrecht (1986)
John Semkuley (1989)
Lorne Wood (1990)
Leroy Walker (1991)
Myron Pearman (1993)
Larry Wagner (1996)
Ann Rowberry (1998)
Wendae Grover (1999)
Hugh Forrester (2000)
Glen Magneson (2002)
Rick Mooney (2003)
Hugh Nestor (2004)
Marg McCuaig-Boyd (2005)
Gary Frost (2007)
Gane Olsen (2009)
Ian MacGillivray (2011)
Don Zabloski (2012)
Lawrence King (2013)
Kelle Hansen (2015)
Duane Konynenbelt (2016)
Sheila Garber (2017)
Dean Sawatzky (2018)
Barb young (2019)
Routledge Award Winners
How did you commence your career involvement in High school athletics and the ASAA?
I began as the Athletic Director at Lindsay Thurber back in the early 1980s. I also became involved at the zone level as the Volleyball commissioner and still have the Tennis Commissioner position for the CASAA zone. I had the Volleyball Commissioner position from 1989-1994 for ASAA. I was the HPEC-ASAA Liaison from 1994-2017. I was on the ASAA Executive in the Member at Large Position from 2005-2009 and the Member at Large on the Board of Govenors from 2013-2019. Now serving on the Executive Appeals Committee - 2015- present.
What has your recent commitment to the ASAA involved?
As the Member at Large I have attended the Fall Planning Meetings and the Annual General Meetings. I have helped out with several Provincial Championships in the last few years ( Badminton and Volleyball in Red Deer and the 50th Anniversary Volleyball Championships in Edmonton.I am presently sitting on the Executive Appeals committee.
Why has your involvement in the ASAA been important to you?
I have found it extremely rewarding to attend ASAA meetings and championships and to see the passion from teachers and coaches that is in our province for student athletes and their sporting activities. It is important to create an equal playing field for all student athletes and I believe that the ASAA Executive and Board of Govenors have tried to create policies and procedures to ensure the safety and level playing fields for all student athletes. I have enjoyed being involved in this process.
What are you most proud of as a result of your involvement with ASAA ?
It has been gratifying to see the growth of the Alberta Schools Athletic Association. There are tremendous opportunities for professional development and education for teacher coaches with the CIAAA and School Coach programs developed over the past few years. I consider myself very fortunate to have been involved in the CIAAA in teaching and developing courses.
Anything else you would like to add?
The ASAA is the leading organization in high school sport in Canada We are so fortunate to have John and his staff, executive and board of govenor members and other dedicated teachers and athletic administrators working to develop excellent programs so that all students can participate and learn skills and attitudes to be healthy and active for the rest of their lives.
Involvement with individual schools (s):
Eastview Junior High School – 1976-1980 Coached volleyball, basketball, badminton and track and field.
Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School– 1980- 1994 Coached JV and SR Women’s volleyball, JV and SR Basketball, badminton, track and field and team handball and tennis. Barb's teams won several zone championships and went on to represent Central Alberta at the ASAA 4A Provincial Championships. Barb held the position of Athletic Director (1982-1985 and Physical Education Department Head (1985-1994). where she organized Sr. Basketball Tournaments.
Hunting Hills High School – 1994-2001 Team Leader in starting up new high school in Red Deer Public. Responsibilities included starting up new Physical Education program and Athletic Program for students. Developed procedures and policies for Athletics at Hunting Hills. Coached Sr. Women’s Volleyball team and Tennis. Barb won several zone championships and went on to represent the Central Zone at ASAA 4AProvincial Championships.
Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School – 2001-2012 Coached JV Volleyball – 2001-2004, Senior Women’s Volleyball 2005-2013 Team Handball – 2010-2012. Again winning several zone championships and went on to represent Central Alberta at the ASAA 4A Provincial Championships and medaling at Provincials.
Involvement at zone level: (e.g. zone sport commissioner, president, etc.)
CASAA Volleyball Commissioner – 1990-2012
CASAA Tennis Commissioner – 1981-Present
Hosted and have been on many zone host committees for volleyball, basketball, badminton, track and field and team handball.
Organized the CASAA Tennis tournament for Central Alberta High School students (Gr. 9-12) - 1981-Present. This year will be the 39thAnnual Tournament. The tournament now has over 120 student athletes competing in the tournament.
Involvement at Provincials level: (e.g. commissioner, executive, zone delegate, committees, etc.)
Barb's involvement with the ASAA includes the following:
989-1994 ASAA Girls Volleyball Commissioner
2005-2009. ASAA Executive Member at Large
2013-2019. ASAA Board Member at Large
1994-2017 HPEC representative to ASAA Board
2015-2019 ASAA Executive Appeals Committee member
Barb's involvement with AIAAA/CIAAA :
Central Zone Rep on AIAAA Board, 2009-2012
Volunteered at many AIAAA Conferences beyond instructing, to help with Registration and as a Moderator
LTP Courses and Workshops
LTP 703C - June 2011 - AIAAA Conference in Calgary, AB
LTP 705C - June 2012 - Female AD Day in Red Deer, AB
Breaking into the Old Boys Club - June 2012 - Female AD Day in Red Deer, AB
LTP 703C - June 2013 - AIAAA Conference in Canmore, AB
LTP 705C - June 2013 - AIAAA Conference in Canmore, AB
Breaking into the Old Boys Club - June 2013 - AIAAA Conference in Canmore, AB
LTP 703C - June 2014 - AIAAA Conference in Calgary, AB
LTP 705C - June 2014 - AIAAA Conference in Calgary, AB
Promoting Girls Health and Well-Being in Sport - June 2014 - AIAAA Conference in Calgary, AB
Particular Contribution: (any special contribution(s) worthy of note)
Member of Central Alberta ‘ Go Girl” Organizing Committee 2004-2012. (High school girl leader recruiter and tennis instructor for event).
ASAA Provincial Championship Host Committee(s)
Chaired several ASAA 4A volleyball provincial championships
Member of host committees for 4A volleyball, basketball and badminton provincial championships
Member of ASAA 50thAnniversary for Volleyball Provincial Championships (organized minor officials)
2010 - Past President for ATA Health and Physical Education Council
HPEC Conference Co-chair – 1991,1997,2003
Member of HPEC Conference Committee – 1984,2009,2010,2019