Jerry Hemmings and the late Doug Steeves headline a class of eight individuals and three teams that will be inducted into the Brandon University Bobcats’ Dick and Verda McDonald Sports Wall of Fame in October.
Hemmings coached the Bobcats men’s basketball team for 28 years and led them to four national titles, 21 national tournament appearances and 19 conference crowns while racking up 734 career wins. He will go into BU’s Wall of Fame in the builders’ category.
Steeves will join him in the builders’ category. Steeves came to Brandon in 1967 and took over as BU’s athletic director. During his eight years in that position, he also served as football coach, assistant hockey coach and curling coach among other duties.
Other inductees include:
• Sandra Hamilton was a women’s basketball player who spent three seasons with the Bobcats, in which she was named BU’s outstanding female athlete three times, a first-team all-Canadian and runner-up for the Nan Copp Award for most outstanding player in the CIAU in 1991-92 as well as second-team all-Canadian honours in 1992-93.
• David Dominique was the starting guard with the BU men’s basketball team that won three straight national titles from 1987 to 1989.
• Larry Rodenbush spent five seasons playing football and two in basketball with the Bobcats in the 1960s and 70s. He was named team MVP in 1972 and was the last Bobcat drafted in the CFL, taken 67th overall by Montreal.
• Bob Simmons played football for the Brandon College Caps from 1955 to 1960 but dominated in track and field. He broke school records in standing broad jump.
• Shannon Larkins spent five seasons with the Bobcats women’s basketball team and was a two-time academic all-Canadian and respected teammate. She now works in physiotherapy and worked at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg in 1999.
• George Birger was BU’s athletic director from 1978 to 1987 and helped the Bobcats draw some of the largest home crowds for GPAC and CIAU games. He also established athletic scholarships and encouraged other universities to establish scholarship funds for student-athletes as well.
• The 1987-89 Bobcat men’s basketball teams won three straight Canadian university championships.
The induction ceremony will take place at an Oct. 18 brunch at the Victoria Inn with single tickets costing $40 and $300 for tables of eight. Tickets may be purchased at the Healthy Living Centre or by calling 204-727-7375.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition July 3, 2014