Monday, 12 July 2010


Family, friends and colleagues will honour the memory of senior Windsor police constable Mark Landry with the creation of the Mark Landry men's basketball scholarship fund at the University of Windsor. Landry, who died from a heart attack last October, was a former member of the University of Windsor Lancers men's basketball team. The scholarship established in his name will be used to assist a University of Windsor student-athlete offset tuition costs. A nice gesture by the Lancers to honour a community leader... Defending CIS National champions Saskatchewan Huskies have a pair of their leaders continuing their playing careers professionally as guard Mike Linklater and forward Troy Gottselig are on the roster of the Edmonton Energy in the International Basketball League. The Energy finished what appears to be an abbreviated IBL season at 14-6 and both Gottselig (6.8 ppg/4.7 rpg in 19 games) and Linklater (5.0 ppg in 12 games) saw action... Congratulations to Matt Curtis, Western's all-time assists leader, who recently signed a professional basketball contract in Germany with TV Werne, defending champions of Germany Division 1 Regionaliga, the next step below the German Bundesliga. Werne is located in northwest Germany, with a population of about 32,000. While Curtis had a tremendous high school career in Hamilton, at that time he was overshadowed and fell under the radar somewhat, choosing Western amid comparatively lesser fanfare. Curtis continued to get better throughout his career especially in the face of some losing teams early in his Western career and kept at it even after not obtaining a pro contract last season, his first after five seasons with the Mustangs. In the case of Matt Curtis, he has shown again that perseverence pays off. Curtis is the second Mustang in recent years to sign a pro contract after forward Brad Smith (Innisfil, Ont.) signed in England with the Kent Crusaders two years ago... For those who haven't heard, UBC-Okanagan has been officially accepted as a probationary member of the Canada West. The "Heat" will begin a three-year term as probationary members, effective September 2010, and will begin interuniversity athletic competition in men's basketball and other sports starting in the 2011-12 season. The Canada West acceptance is dependent on Canadian Interuniversity Sport’s (CIS) acceptance of UBC-Okanagan's application for CIS membership. UBC-Okanagan's application to the CIS will be reviewed at the CIS annual general meetings in 2011. UBC-Okanagan was one of three new membership applications up for discussion at the CWUAA AGM. The applications from Vancouver Island University and University of Northern British Columbia did not meet the required level of support. Seventy-five percent of membership approval was required for CWUAA acceptance. In addition to accepting UBC-Okanagan as probationary member of the conference, the CWUAA also extended full membership status to erstwhile probationary members Thompson Rivers University and University of the Fraser Valley. Thompson Rivers was accepted for probationary membership in 2005 in the sports of basketball and volleyball. Fraser Valley was accepted as probationary member in 2006 and competes in basketball and soccer.

NEW LOOK OUA WEST: With the dramatic coaching changes at McMaster and Brock, the OUA West suddenly has become very young from the standpoint of coaching experience. The longest tenured coach with one program in the division is now Tom Kieswetter of Waterloo with Guelph's Chris O'Rourke second as far as time with one program. However, Laurier's Peter Campbell has more overall seasons as an OUA/CIS Head Coach than both given his 15 prior seasons at Laurentian.

1. Tom Kieswetter, entering 18th season at Waterloo (18 seasons overall)
2. Chris O'Rourke, entering 12th season at Guelph (12 seasons overall)
3. Peter Campbell, entering 9th season at Laurier (24 OUA/CIS seasons overall including 15 seasons at Laurentian)
4. Chris Oliver, entering 6th season at Windsor (9 OUA/CIS seasons overall including 3 seasons at Queen's)
5. Brad Campbell, entering 6th season at Western including one interim season in 2004-05
6. Scott Morrison, entering 6th season at Lakehead (6 seasons overall)
7. Amos Connolly, entering 1st season at McMaster (1 season ever); replaces Joe Raso who would have been entering his 19th season
8. Brad Rootes, entering 1st season at Brock (1 season ever); interim replacement for Ken Murray who would have been entering his 21st season.

With the retirement of York's Bob Bain (37 seasons coaching CIS basketball), St. FX's Steve Konchalski becomes the most experienced and longest tenured coach at one school - Coach K will begin his 35th consecutive season in Antigonish. Saint Mary's Ross Quackenbush and Concordia's John Dore will each begin their 22nd consecutive seasons as Head Coaches, putting both second behind Konchalski in the list of longest active CIS coaches at one school. Peter Campbell, who starts his 24th season, is second behind Konchalski in overall CIS Head Coaching seasons. Just behind Waterloo's Kieswetter (18th seasons) is Regina's James Hillis, who somewhat-quietly has put together a consistent 17 year coaching career - all consecutive with the Cougars. Carleton's Dave Smart and Guelph's O'Rourke each begin their 12th consecutive season with their respective programs.

Longest Tenured CIS coaches (active; including 2010-11 season):
1. Steve Konchalski 35 seasons - all at St. FX
2. Peter Campbell 24 seasons - 9 at Laurier, 15 at Laurentian
T3. Ross Quackenbush 22 seasons - all at Saint Mary's
T3. John Dore 22 seasons - all at Concordia
5. Tom Kieswetter 18 seasons - all at Waterloo
6. James Hillis 17 seasons - all at Regina
T7. Dave Smart 12 seasons - all at Carleton
T8. Chris O'Rourke 12 seasons - all at Guelph
Note: U of T Varsity Blues Head Coach Mike Katz begins his 26th season as a Head Coach including 19 seasons at Humber College.

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