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Athletics History

1970-1971

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Pat O’Brien is hired at Cariboo College with duties to include sports coordination.

Soccer and hockey programs organized on local exhibition basis.

Team colours are yellow and red.

In October 1970, Cariboo College was officially opened by the Honourable D.L. Brothers, Minister of Education. The College spent its first year of operation in the Kamloops Indian School Residence, but in September 1971, the College moved to its present quarters in the new multi-million dollar establishment which had originally been planned to house the Kamloops Vocational School.

logo7087With the development of the regional college movement in British Columbia came a need for organized athletic competition. The Pacific Intercollegiate Hockey League was formed to provide for competition between the colleges in organized and recognized leagues.

The first P.I.H.L meeting was called in the early spring of 1969. Represented at this meeting were the following institutions: Selkirk College; Simon Fraser University; The University of British Columbia; B.C. Institute of Technology; Gonzaga University and Notre Dame University.

One of the most positive changes in the P.I.H.L. came at the 1971 Annual General Meeting when Cariboo College of Kamloops and Alaska Methodist of Anchorage were admitted to the league.

1971-1972

In March 1972, the Cariboo College Hockey club represented B.C. at the 1st Annual 4-West Hockey Championships held in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The 4-West Conference is made up of junior colleges and technical institutes in Western Canada. The conference includes teams from B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Cariboo College represented B.C. by virtue of their hockey superiority over the other two year college teams last season, and ended up winning the consolation final at the tournament.

In 1972 Cariboo College left the P.I.H.L. to join the Totem Conference, a league that co-ordinates all collegiate sports for all its member two-year post-secondary institutions in British Columbia.

Along with Cariboo College, the following five institutions will participate in the Totem7172msoc Conference Hockey League: College of New Caledonia; Malaspina College; B.C.I.T.; Okanagan College; Selkirk College.

The Cariboo College athletic teams look impressive this year. Currently on the college athletic program are badminton, basketball, volleyball, cross country, golf, ice hockey, rugby, soccer and curling. A number of other suggested activities are planned such as tennis, broomball, floor hockey, skiing, table tennis, chess, weight training, ten speed races, bowling, swimming, bridge, etc

1972-1973

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This season proved to be a good one for Chiefs hockey.

The Chiefs finished first in Totem Conference standings with a 15-1 win-loss record, and defeated Selkirk College in the playoffs. Consequently, the Chiefs represented B.C. at the 2nd Annual 4-West Conference Hockey Championships in Saskatoon in March. At 4-West, they finished 3rd for the second year in a row.

The Cariboo College teams look equally impressive this year. Currently on the college athletic program are badminton, basketball, volleyball, cross country, golf, ice hockey, soccer and curling.

1973-1974

Cariboo College Chiefs were once again Totem Conference Hockey Champions leading the league with 10 points. The Chiefs advanced to the 4-West in Edmonton where they finished fourth.

1974-1975

7475wbbMixed and Women’s teams in Curling win Totem Gold.

Women’s Basketball wins Totem Gold and the 4-West Bronze medal.

1975-1976

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Women’s Basketball will go down as the team of the decade as they won everything in sight. Totem Gold medal and 4 West Championship Gold medal.

7576curlingmixedMixed Curling team repeats as Totem Champions and go on to win the Silver at the 4-West Championships. The Short twins (Elizabeth and Elenor) of Kamloops were key team members during these two years.

Men's Curling win the Totem Championship and finishes third at the 4-West Championships.

1976-1977

terrybangenThe long-awaited Cariboo College Gymnasium complex opens.

Terry Bangen is employed at Cariboo College as Assistant Athletic Director, and coaches the Cariboo Chiefs hockey team.

Cariboo College hockey wins the Totem Championships and go onto finish second at the 4-West Championships in Moose Jaw.

1977-1978

7778hockeyJoe Perfonic joins the Athletic staff as Gymnasium Attendant.

Cariboo College Men's Hockey are once again Totem Champions, but finish a disappointing fourth at the 4-West Championships in Red Deer, AB.

1978-1979

The college athletic program consists of soccer, rugby, women’s field hockey, volleyball, basketball, curling, badminton, and hockey.

Men’s basketball has their finest year, finishing with a 14-2 record and a second place in the Totem conference.

Cariboo College hosts the 4-West Championships in both volleyball and hockey.

1979-1980

The Sports Task Force is formed in the spring of 1980 by a fewlenhewer concerned Kamloops businessmen who wished to assist the Athletic Department. It is their desire to reward athletes who have combined athletic performance with academic achievement.

Len Hewer replaces Joe Perfonic as new Cariboo College Gymnasium Attendant.

Men's Curling finishes 2nd at the Totem Championships, and are chosen as representatives to attend the 4-West Championships where they win the Bronze medal.

1980-1981

The Sports Task Force holds their first event, which was to host a Sports Benefit Dinner on October 3, 1980. This dinner was very successful and raised over $5000. The Task Force has solicited approximately twenty athletic cash awards of $300 each. The Task Force hopes to increase the number of recipients to 35 by 1982.

Maggie Bourgeoius wins first ever badminton medal, a bronze, in Totem Competition.

1982-1983

Sonja and Kim Dalin win Totem Championship Gold in Mixed Doubles in Badminton.

1983-1984

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Sonja and Kim Dalin win Totem Championship Gold, and 4-West Championship Silver in Mixed Doubles in Badminton.

1985-1986

markwilkieMark Wilkie begins working part time as a gym supervisor, physical education instructor and Gold Rush volleyball coach. In addition, he volunteers as athletic trainer for Cariboo College on his free weekends. He and his wife Bonnie are also involved in fitness testing at the college. Mark would later become Manager of the Sports Facilities at Cariboo College/UCC.

Totem Conference becomes the Totem Colleges’ Athletic Association (TCAA).

Cariboo College hosts hockey, women’s basketball, and curling CCAA National championships.

Cariboo College Women's Curling win the CCAA National Bronze medal.

1987-1988

logo8791TCAA becomes the British Columbia Colleges' Athletic Association (BCCAA).

Cariboo College adopts the colours yellow and blue, and a new logo.

1988-1989

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Ray Folvik becomes Cariboo's new gymnasium assistant and becomes a great help to the athletic department in meeting the athletic and recreational needs of both the College and the community.

1989-1990

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Cariboo College Men's Curling win Silver at the CCAA National Championships.

1991-1992

logo9103Cariboo College becomes the University College of the Cariboo. Team colours become red and purple, and the Chiefs and Goldrush are dropped to become the UCC Sun Demons.

The athletic program consists of golf, women’s and men’s soccer, women’s and men’s volleyball, badminton, women’s and men’s basketball, and cross country.

The UCC Sports Task Force has, up until now, lent financial and scholarship support in excess of $200,000 to some 290 student athletes.

1992-1993

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UCC hosts the CCAA National Soccer Championships at the new Hillside Stadium.

1993-1994

beamerThe BCCAA announces they now have four years of eligibility for student athletes.

Beamer the Sun Demon is announced the new UCC Sun Demon mascot.

Pat O’Brien retires as UCC’s first and only Athletic Director.

1994-1995

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Terry Bangen hired as new Athletic Director.

Jeff Speedy hired as new women's basketball coach, physical education instructor and Campus Life Coordinator.

1995-1996

traceybilskyTerry Bangen leaves UCC to become the hockey coach at McGill University. Mel Galloway, current Director of Student Services, assumes duties of Athletic Director.

Tracey Bilsky hired as new Athletics and Recreation Assistant and becomes first female in UCC’s 25 year history to be employed as a staff member in the department.

Karen Arthur and Kinuyo Mochizucki win BCCAA Gold and CCAA National Bronze in women’s doubles for UCC badminton.

UCC Women's Soccer wins CCAA National Silver.

1996-1997

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Tracey Bilsky become UCC's new Athletics & Recreation Director.

Deanna Ries joins the Athletic staff as Gymnasium Attendant.

Marni Gillis and Kinuyo Mochizucki win BCCAA Gold and CCAA National Bronze in women’s doubles for UCC badminton.

UCC Women's Soccer wins CCAA National Silver.

1997-1998

9798mvb3UCC men’s volleyball win BCCAA Provincial Silver and qualify for the CCAA Nationals hosted by Grande Prairie. This is the first time UCC men’s volleyball has made it to the CCAA Nationals.

UCC men’s basketball win BCCAA Provincial Silver and CCAA National Bronze.

Jon Shephard joins UCC as the new Athletics and Recreation Assistant.

1998-1999

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UCC hosts the CCAA men’s and women’s Soccer National Championships.

UCC women's soccer win CCAA Silver.

UCC men's soccer win UCC's first CCAA National Gold in the school's history.

1999-2000

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UCC adds a men’s baseball program to the athletic team roster. The baseball team will compete in the B.C. College Baseball League (BCCBL). Programs now offered at UCC are men’s and women’s badminton, basketball, soccer and volleyball, and men’s baseball.

UCC women’s soccer are BCCAA Provincial and CCAA National Champions.

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UCC women’s basketball are BCCAA Champions and narrowly miss out on a CCAA National bronze by one basket.

2000-2001

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UCC hosts the BCCAA Provincial men’s basketball Championships, and UCC men’s basketball wins BCCAA Gold.

UCC wins the BCCAA Aggregate Award for having the best point total across all sports.

2001-2002

0102allcanadians A good year for some student-athletes as Ryan Porter, Alain Ruch, Shaun Roberts and Kelly MacDonald are all presented with coveted CCAA All-Canadian awards.

Ryan Porter and Shaun Roberts would also win CCAA Player of the Month awards, and Ryan Porter would be named CCAA Player of the Year in men's basketball.

2002-2003

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Doug Leong is hired as UCC Director of Athletics and Recreation for a one year contract.

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UCC women’s soccer wins BCCAA Provincial Gold, and CCAA National Silver.

2003-2004

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Ken Olynyk hired as new UCC Director of Athletics and Recreation.

UCC hosts the CCAA men’s basketball National Championships. UCC men’s basketball wins BCCAA and CCAA bronze medals.

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UCC women’s soccer wins BCCAA Provincial Gold, and CCAA National Silver.

2004-2005

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UCC is conditionally accepted into the CIS in men’s and women’s basketball and volleyball.

UCC men’s basketball are BCCAA Provincial and CCAA National Champions.

UCC volleyball shows it is ready for next years CIS play as the women win BCCAA Provincial Gold, and the men win BCCAA Provincial Silver and CCAA National Bronze.

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Drew Venables, Lisa Strachan and Sean Garvey are all awarded as CCAA All-Canadians, and men's basketball coach Nevin Gleddie is awarded CCAA Coach of the Year across all sports.

As of April 2005, UCC becomes Thompson Rivers University, and the sports teams say goodbye to the Sun Demons and are renamed WolfPack.

2005-2006

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Sports teams are now the WolfPack and basketball and volleyball compete in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). Soccer and badminton still compete in the CCAA, and baseball now competes in the newly formed Canadian College Baseball Conference (CCBC).

Sean Garvey is named Kamloops Male Athlete of the Year, Nevin Gleddie is named Kamloops Coach of the Year, and the UCC Sun Demons men's basketball team are named Kamloops Team of the Year at the 2006 Annual Kamloops Sports Hall of Fame Banquet.

2006-2007

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