UWindsor To Welcome New Sports Hall Of Famers
Saturday October 4th, 2014
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The University of Windsor’s 2014 Alumni Association Sports Hall of Fame will see four new inductees on Sunday.
Dan Brannagan was an all-star in both football and wrestling, he was also a stand-out in the classroom, winning the DeMarco Award in 1982 as top Lancer student-athlete. He played both sides of the ball, lining up as a centre on offense and as a linebacker on defense and was named to the all-conference football team in 1981. That same year, he earned silver medals in wrestling at the national and provincial championships.
Mike Nolan ranks in the Lancer all-time top 10 in seven track and field events: the 4 x 200m relay, long jump, high jump, shot put, 60m hurdles, pole vault and—not surprisingly—pentathlon. Twice an all-Canadian and four times an Ontario University Athletics all-star, he captured 16 OUA medals and 10 CIAU medals in a five-year university career, helping lead Windsor to four provincial and one national team title in that span. He received the Olympic Shield as top male Lancer athlete in 1997.
Helen Vasilic is a long-time official for Lancer track and field events, with 32 years of volunteer experience. She has also served on the national and Ontario officials’ councils and put in 12 years as president of the Windsor Legion Track and Field Club. She has been honoured for her dedication by the Ontario Federation of Secondary School Athletic Associations, the Ontario Secondary School Teachers Federation, and in 2009, was named volunteer of the year by the Windsor Essex Sports Persons of the Year awards committee.
Jim Weese served as dean of the UWindsor Faculty of Human Kinetics from 1999 to 2004. The Ontario University Athletics Association named him golf coach of the year when he led the Lancers to the provincial championship in 1994; he repeated the feat in 1995. He received an “A” Award for support of Lancer athletics in 1991 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal in 2013 for academic leadership and advocacy for physical activity.
Special achievement awards will go to Emily McBride, Rose Smyth, and the Lancer fencing teams of the 1980s. The Sport Achievement Award recognizes contributions to sport beyond the University of Windsor campus.
Emily McBride has coached hundreds of athletes I track and field, including a stint at Walkerville Collegiate, helming the Ontario team in two Canada Summer Games, and coaching the Canadian Junior Team in 1978.
Rosemary Smyth played volleyball as a Lancer and went on to coach at St. Clair College, becoming the school’s intramural coordinator and athletic coordinator. She helped to found Leadership Advancement for Women in Sport, which works to promote females in sport in Windsor and Essex County.
During an eight-season span from 1980 to 1988, the Lancer fencing team won more than 100 consecutive matches against Canadian opponents. In 1982, the team won the league championship while placing teams in top three in all categories—epée, foil and sabre.