SFU inducts new hall of famers
SFU re-established its athletics hall of fame Feb. 29 when new inductees were honoured during a lunch at the university’s Burnaby campus.
“There was a lot of staff turnover and the concept and tradition of the hall of fame was unfortunately lost,” says founding athletic director, Lorne Davies.
“Fortunately, with a new athletic director (Milton Richards) and a new era of SFU competing in the NCAA we are able to re-establish this great tradition.”
The new hall of fame members are:
- Clan football defensive tackle Doug Brown and running back Sean Millington who went on to stellar Canadian Football League (CFL) careers.
- Women’s basketball coach Allison McNeill who led the team for 13 years, and player Michelle Hendry.
- Olympic wrestling gold medalist Daniel Igali and silver medalist Jeff Thue.
- Two-time Olympian Brit Townsend, now SFU’s track and field head coach.
- Former NAIA cross-country champion Sarah Howell.
- SFU men’s basketball’s No. 2 all-time scoring leader Bob Hieltjes.
- Three-time NAIA first-team All American soccer player Randee Hermus.
- The late Keith Watts, SFU men’s soccer head coach for 20 years, including for two national championships.
- Swim coaches Paul and Margaret Savage, who coached many B.C. and Canadian swimmers to international prominence during the 1960s, `70s and `80s.
- The 1970 SFU football team, which went 9-0 in NAIA action and had 23 players drafted to the CFL, and the 1982 men’s soccer team, which netted SFU’s first back-to-back national championships.