Congrats DZ!!!

Long-time sports administrator Dale Schulha, legendary coach Clare Drake and reporter Darren Zary will be honoured by Canadian Interuniversity Sport on Wednesday night in Vancouver.

The awards dinner will be held at The Sutton Place Hotel as part of CIS’ annual general meeting.

Schulha will receive the Austin-Matthews Award, presented annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to interuniversity sport, as demonstrated by long-term commitment and leadership as a coach, director, chairperson and/or executive committee member at the local, provincial and/or national levels.

Drake merits the Jean-Marie De Koninck Coaching Excellence Award, which honours since 2007 an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to university sport as demonstrated by long-term commitment and leadership as a coach at the local, provincial, national and/or international levels.

Zary will take home the Fred Sgambati Media Award, presented to a member of media in recognition of major contributions to the development and growth of Canadian university sport.

“On behalf of the entire CIS membership, in particular our 11,500 student-athletes and 700 coaches, I wish to congratulate our award recipients and thank them for their remarkable contribution to Canadian university sport,” said Pierre Lafontaine, chief executive officer of CIS. “All three are passionate about CIS and it’s important that we take time to celebrate and show our sincere appreciation to such unique individuals.”


Dale Schulha was involved in Canadian interuniversity athletics for close to 40 years, including 25 years with the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta and Golden Bears and Pandas Athletics. He stepped down as Director of Athletics – his second time holding the position – in August 2010 and is now taking a well-deserved break from his professional duties.

It all started in his athlete days when Schulha played five years for the Golden Bears’ football team (1968-1972), twice serving as team captain, and making two appearances in the Vanier Cup (1971, 1972). He is famously known for throwing a touchdown pass on a fake field goal attempt while playing through a broken bone in his wrist in Alberta’s 1972 Vanier Cup championship win.

Schulha, who holds a Master of Science degree, served in a number of capacities at the U of A, including two stints as the Director of Athletics (1989-93 and 2005-2010), Director of Marketing and Public Relations (1985-89), University’s Acting Director of Development (1994-95) and Associate Director of Development from (2004-05). He received a Block ‘A’ sweater and ring from the university and watched two of his sons, Ryan and Aaron, compete for the Golden Bears’ football and volleyball teams, respectively.

He was appointed the Chairman of the Department of Athletics from 1989 to 1993 and, from July 1995 to June 2003, Schulha served as the Director of Development and Alumni Affairs for the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation, securing a $2.0 million gift from Eldon Foote to complete a 2001 legacy facility, Foote Field, which became the start of development of the university’s South Campus expansion.

Schulha also served as the University Liaison for the Edmonton 2001 World Championships in Athletics and was also involved in other international events, including three FISU World University Games in the winter of 1991 (Japan), winter of 1987 (Czechoslovakia) and summer of 1983 (Edmonton).

In July 2003, he moved to an Associate Vice-President (Advancement) role at the University of Lethbridge, but returned to the U of A in February of 2004 when he was named Associate Director of Development for the Office of External Relations. He then began his second term as Director of Athletics in May of 2005.

Schulha was active in a leadership role throughout the Canada West conference and CIS, serving in a number of executive positions, including as a member of the CIS board of directors (1990-1992), member of the CIS International Programs Office Advisory Board (1998-1999) and member of the Canada West board of directors (2006-2009).

“Dale’s ongoing work and passion on behalf of the University of Alberta’s Athletic programs has been important to our university’s leadership position in Canada,” said Dr. Kerry Mummery, Dean of the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation. “He has been an active participant and leading figure in many important aspects of Faculty and University life over these years – ensuring that the University of Alberta and its Golden Bears and Pandas Athletics programs have been at the forefront of interuniversity sport in Canada.”


A native of Yorkton, Sask., and long-time Edmonton resident, Clare Drake coached hockey at various levels in Canada, including with the Edmonton Oilers of the World Hockey Association and with the Canadian National Team. He has influenced countless coaches, players and modern coaching disciplines at all levels of the sport and is most renowned for having coached the University of Alberta Golden Bears, which is the most successful men’s university hockey program in Canada.

As the Bears’ bench boss for 28 years (1958-1975, 1976-79, 1980-1983 and 1984-1989) “Coach” Drake recorded 697 wins, which still stands as a Canadian university record, against 296 loss and 37 ties, for a .695 winning percentage. He won six national championships as coach of the program and a seventh as a player in 1954. Drake also guided the team to 17 Canada West hockey championships.

His most successful season as a U of A coach came in 1967-1968 when he guided the Golden Bears football team to a national championship trophy in the fall and then the hockey squad to the national title in the winter, a feat never accomplished before or since. In football, Drake compiled a 23-4 record over three seasons with Alberta (1962, 1967, 1968), leaving him with highest winning percentage (.852) of any Bears football coach in the modern era. He led the program to a pair of Canada West banners in addition to the 1967 Vanier Cup.

He twice was honoured as the CIS coach of the year in men’s hockey and won the Canada West conference award four times. He served as the co-coach of Canada’s 1980 Olympic hockey team and guided Canada to gold at the 1981 Winter Universiade and a Spengler Cup tournament.

Drake was also a gifted educator who was for many years a professor in the Faculty of Physical Education at the U of A. He wrote numerous research articles on the technical aspects of hockey, lent his expertise to a variety of educational hockey films and videos, and provided enlightened leadership to Hockey Canada’s coach education initiatives. His writings formed the basis of hockey’s first National Coaching Certification Program and he has supported its delivery through innumerable clinics and conferences at home and throughout North America, Europe, the Orient and Australia. He is also a developer of the National Coach Mentorship Program, a committed mentor and a hands-on university coach, often referred to as the “dean” of Canadian intercollegiate hockey coaches.

His list of coaching awards also includes the 3M Gordon Juckes Award from Hockey Canada and the Geoff Gowan Award from the Coaching Association of Canada. He has received an honourary doctor of laws degree from the U of A, as well as the U of A’s Distinguished Alumni Award, the Alberta Centennial Medal and the Alberta Order of Excellence. He is a member of the U of A, UBC, Edmonton, Alberta and Canadian Sports Halls of Fame and is a honourary member for life of the Alberta Football Coaches Association. The 85-year-old coaching legend was also recently named to the Order of Hockey in Canada by Hockey Canada.

The list of prominent Canadian hockey people that Drake has influenced includes NHL Stanley Cup championship coaches and two-time Canadian Olympic gold medalist coaches, Mike Babcock and Ken Hitchcock.

Upon his retirement in 1989, the University of Alberta dedicated Varsity Arena to Drake and renamed it Clare Drake Arena in 1990. Since 1985-86, the CIS rookie of the year in men’s hockey receives the Clare Drake Award.

“It is most fitting and appropriate that Clare is receiving this award from Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Not only is he the most successful men’s hockey coach in CIS history, but he truly embraced the spirit of Canadian university sport in that he cared as much, or more, about the education as he did the competition,” said Ian Reade, Director of Athletics at the U of A. “Clare is known as the ‘dean of coaches’ and the ‘coaches coach’, and for good reason. He has undeniably influenced the game of hockey, and educated the coaches that teach it today. Not only did he create and develop systems and ideologies that are still being used today, at every level of the game, both within Canada and internationally, but most importantly, he freely shared those ideas with everyone who came in contact with him. This influenced the athletes on the ice as well as the coaches he worked with, or competed against. His legacy of on-the-ice success, and generations of coaches who teach the game today, is unsurpassed.”


Darren Zary has been covering the University of Saskatchewan Huskies for 21 years, including the past 18 seasons with the Saskatoon StarPhoenix. During that span, Huskie Athletics has been his major beat, along with coverage on everything from junior A to midget AAA hockey to the Saskatchewan Roughriders to high school sports and golf.

Zary has been fortunate enough to cover numerous CIS and Canada West conference championships over the years, many of them in Saskatoon but also in Moncton, Fredericton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. He has attended no less than 11 University Cup men’s hockey national tournaments as well as CIS championships in women’s basketball, women’s and men’s volleyball, track and field and wrestling, and of course an extremely cold Vanier Cup final on “home turf” in 2006.

In addition to covering each and every Huskie sports, many times going from Rutherford Rink to PotashCorp Park and the PAC on the same weekend, Zary never misses special Huskie Athletics events such as the All-Academic Luncheon, Huskie Salute and all fundraising activities of the 15 teams. He also ensures he writes about Saskatoon and Saskatchewan-born athletes playing elsewhere in the Canada West and CIS.

During his time at the StarPhoenix, the U of S has won national banners in men’s basketball, men’s volleyball and track and field. He lists the Huskies’ first-ever CIS title in men’s basketball in 2010 – and the many compelling story-lines that followed the team along that journey – as “by far the biggest highlight thus far”.

An English major himself at the U of S, Zary also covered Huskies hockey and volleyball during his three-year stint with the university’s student newspaper, the Sheaf. He began taking an interest in writing back in Grade 12 while volunteering for the student newspaper at Humboldt Collegiate Institute. He continued a growing passion for the written word during his first year at St. Peter’s College by freelancing at the Humboldt Journal, where he worked for three summers while juggling a second full-time job. From there, he moved on to become sports editor of the Battlefords News-Optimist and then sports editor of the Telegraph in North Battleford, where he also free-lanced for the StarPhoenix, Canadian Press and United Press International.

Hired full-time by the StarPhoenix in 1996, he counts former SP staffer Bob Florence, who shares a passion for university sport, as his biggest influence, and credits former SP managing editor Cam Hutchinson for giving him a chance.

Zary graduated from Humboldt as the male athlete of the year and won the Legion scholarship for athletics and academics. He played every sport available while growing up, everything from bowling, curling, baseball, hockey, football, basketball, badminton, volleyball and track and field. The highlight was winning a provincial silver medal in 3A 12-man football as a slotback/running back with the HCI Mohawks.

His dad, a former sprinter turned physical education teacher who coached basketball, volleyball and track and field, would often take his children to the gymnasium and various sporting events. These days, it’s Darren’s turn to take his own kids to many Huskie events and venues.

“Darren has been a supporter of Huskie Athletics for years and we thank him for everything he does on the Huskies beat,” said Basil Hughton, Athletic Director at the University of Saskatchewan. “Rain or shine, Darren is at our events and makes sure our athletes, teams and their achievements are shared with the Saskatoon community.”


Austin-Matthews Award:

2014 Dale Schulha
2013 Bob Philip
2012 Patricia Murray
2011 Major William John ‘Danny’ McLeod
2010 Francis Clayton
2009 Robert Dubeau
2008 Ross Wilson
2007 Barb Mullaly
2006 Lyle Sanderson
2005 Aubrey Ferris
2004 Not awarded
2003 Val Schneider
2002 Joyce Fromson
2001 Darwin Semotiuk
2000 Jean-François Grenier
1999 Not awarded
1998 Don Wells
1997 Rich Newbrough
1996 Keith Harris
1995 Ken & Donna Fultz
1994 Mary Lyons
1993 Robert Hindmarch
1990-92 Not awarded
1989 Carl Totzke
1988 Not awarded
1987 Robert Descheneaux
1986 Marilyn Pomfret
1985 Ed Zemrau
1984 Dr. Vance Toner
1983 Gladys Bean
1982 Elizabeth Chard
1981 Robert Pugh

Jean-Marie De Koninck Coaching Excellence Award:

2014 Clare Drake – Alberta (men’s hockey & football)
2013 Sonny Wolfe – McGill & Acadia (football)
2012 Bob Bain – York & Alberta (men’s basketball)
2011 Kathy Shields – Victoria (women’s basketball) *
2011 Dick Mosher – UBC (men’s & women’s soccer) *
2010 Steve Konchalski – St. Francis Xavier (men’s basketball)
2009 Larry Haylor – Western Ontario (football)
2008 Lou Pero – Lakehead (men’s basketball)
2007 Linda Marquis – Laval (women’s basketball)

* co-recipients

Fred Sgambati Media Award:

2014 Darren Zary (The StarPhoenix – Saskatoon)
2013 Richard Boutin (Journal de Québec)
2012 Mary Caton (The Windsor Star)
2011 Monty Mosher (The Chronicle Herald – Halifax)
2010 Tim Micallef (The Score Television Network)
2009 Howard Tsumura (The Province – Vancouver)
2008 Pierre Durivage (Productions Rivage – Montreal)
2007 Bill Sturrup (CHML Radio – Hamilton)
2006 Serge Vleminckx (Journal de Montréal)
2005 Ian Hamilton (Regina Leader-Post)
2004 Jean-Paul Ricard (La Tribune – Sherbrooke)
2003 John Short (Edmonton Journal / CJCA Radio)
2002 Wayne Kondro (The Ottawa Citizen / Southam News)
2001 Phil Lachapelle & Ken Welch (CHTV – Hamilton)
2000 CHRW Radio (University of Western Ontario – London)
1999 Christine Rivet (Kitchener-Waterloo Record)
1998 Robert MacLeod (The Globe and Mail)
1997 Paul Hendrick (ONtv – Hamilton)
1996 Ken Newans (CFCN-TV – Calgary)
1995 Not awarded
1994 Bruce Perrin (TSN)
1993 Not awarded
1992 Serge Vleminckx (Journal de Montréal)
1991 Not awarded
1990 Ken Fathers (The Windsor Star)
1989 Ken Newans (CFCN-TV – Calgary)
1988 Norm Marshall (CHCH-TV – Hamilton)
1987 Peter Watts (TSN) & Don Lovegrove (The Hamilton Spectator)
1986 Pete James (CFPL TV – London)
1985 Scott Mathews (Atlantic Television Network)
1984 John Hancock (CBC Radio – Montreal)
1983 Al Ryan (The Toronto Star)
1982 Scott Taylor (Winnipeg Free Press) & Normand Légère (L’Évangéline – Moncton)
1981 Mike Murray (The Hockey News) & Henry Pasila (CHCH-TV – Hamilton)
1980 Wally Sears (Sackville Tribune Post)
1979 Henry Viney (CFCN-TV – Calgary)
1978 Not awarded
1977 Randy Phillips (The Gazette – Montreal)
1976 Bill Johns (Kitchener-Waterloo Record)
1975 Jim Crerar (Victoria Daily Times)
1974 Hugh Townsend (The Chronicle Herald – Halifax)
1973 Jim Vipond (The Globe and Mail)
1972 Bob Gage (The London Free Press)

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