This Saturday evening, University of Windsor alumni athletes will be honoured during the annual Alumni Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony and awards presentation. These awards are presented to alumni for student athletic achievement, and to coaches, administrators and team builders for their support of UWindsor athletics.
This year’s inductees are:
Richard Peddie (’70, ’01)
Richard Peddie is a graduate of the Odette School of Business and a long-time and generous supporter of the University – especially UWindsor Lancers and athletic programs.
He is currently the President and CEO of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (Toronto Maple Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Toronto FC (MLSE), Air Canada Centre), and is the founder of Full Court Press, a fundraising initiative to support the Lancer men’s basketball program.
In partnership with the Alumni Association and the University, Peddie’s major contribution of $100,000 helped to ensure the installation of artificial turf at the athletic stadium, now known as Alumni Field. He and wife Colleen served as honorary co-chairs of the CIS Women’s Basketball Championships. As well, the Richard A. Peddie Bursary was established to support deserving student athletes.
Jodi Beaugrand (’93)
Athlete Category – Volleyball
Jodi Beaugrand is a perennial all-star, competing on the Lancer Women’s Volleyball team for four seasons (1991 to 1994 and 1996 to 1997). She was named team MVP all four seasons and is a four-time OWIAA West Division All-Star. In 1997 Beaugrand was recognized as the University’s top female athlete and was the recipient of the Banner Shield.
Andy Buckstein (’83)
Athlete Category – Track & Field
Buckstein was a track & field speedster who competed for the Lancers from 1980 through 1983. During his career, he broke 27 Lancer track & field records, earning him OUAA gold medals in the 600m, 400m, 200m and 100m. In total, Buckstein took home nine gold, one silver and five bronze medals in OUAA competition. In 1983 he was the recipient of the DeMarco Award recognizing high academic achievement, and in the same year, won the Hec Phillips Memorial Trophy as the most outstanding performer at the OUAA Championships.
Buckstein began practicing law after being called to the bar in 1985 and has remained involved in his sport, volunteering for 10 years as Chair of the Appeals panel for Athletics Canada and sitting as a member of the board for the Ontario Track & Field Association. In 1990 he represented the Ontario Track and Field Association at the Commission of Inquiry into the Use of Drugs and Banned Practices Intended to Increase Athletic Performance (The Dubin Inquiry).
Jennifer (Graham) Schutz (’95, ’97, ’98)
Athlete Category- Track & Field and Cross Country
Jennifer Schutz competed as a member of the Lancer track & field team from 1992 to 1996 and on the cross country team from 1991 to 1995
She led her team to five consecutive Ontario (OWIAA) and Canadian (CIAU) championships in track & field from 1992 to 1996 and received a CIAU gold medal in cross country in 1995. In all, she graduated with six CIAU titles – the most of any athlete in the University’s history.
Schutz was a five-time all-conference all-star in track & field and was an all-star in cross country. Her outstanding performances earned her the title of CIAU All-Canadian on three separate occasions.
Since graduation, Schutz has continued her involvement in sport as a coach. She has served as an Assistant Coach for the University of British Columbia since 2001 and has coached at the University of Windsor and the University of Waterloo. She also worked with the national team for Seoul Ekiden and Team BC.
ACHIEVEMENT AWARD HONOUREES
Sport Achievement Award
Joe Bowen (’73) – Sports Broadcaster
Joe Bowen is best known as the Voice of the Toronto Maple Leafs and has broadcast more than 2,100 Leaf games using his trademark catchphrase, “Holy Mackinaw!”
Bowen was born in Sudbury, Ontario, and came to the University of Windsor to enrol in the communication studies program. He was a member of the campus radio sports department and for three seasons was the play-by-play announcer for Lancer hockey, football and basketball programs.
His career highlights include a blow-by-blow broadcast of Muhammad Ali’s last fight and the Trevor Berbick vs. Larry Holmes World Title fight. Bowen was inducted by the Sudbury Kinsmen Sports Hall of Fame and received the Fred Sgambati award from the Canadian Children’s foundation.
Team Achievement Award
1975 Men’s Lancer Football Team Yates Cup Champions
The 1975 Men’s Lancer Football Team went undefeated during that year’s OUAA season, beating Laurier 65-8 to capture the West Division title and a share of the Yates Cup. The team still holds the OUA (OUAA) record for fewest points allowed in a season, at 34 points over seven games.
Nine players from the team were selected to the OUAA West Division All-Star Team and nine members were also voted to the 40th Anniversary all-time Lancer team. Four players and two of the team’s coaches would go on to be inducted into the Alumni Sports Hall of Fame.