Augustanians inducted into ACAC Hall of Fame
Posted on May 14, 2014 by Christopher Thrall
On May 10, the ACAC honoured 50 athletes, coaches and builders into its new Hall of Fame. Meet the five from Augustana!
On May 10, the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC) celebrated its fiftieth anniversary by establishing a Hall of Fame for the thousands of athletes, coaches and builders who have participated in the ACAC. Fifty people were selected to be honoured at the inaugural event, and five of them have close ties to Camrose Lutheran College – Augustana University College – the University of Alberta’s Augustana Campus!
Garry “Gibber” Gibson and his wife Dorothy have served Augustana for over 30 years. Their motto has been, through outdoor leadership and athletics, to lead young people to a greater awareness of the natural world, themselves, others and ultimately, their God. They continue to be involved with Augustana, church, and sports.
Based on his PhD research in 1976, Garry designed the Outdoor Leadership Program at Augustana. He helped devise Augustana’s cross-country and biathlon programs: in 1973, with a $5,000 grant for ski equipment from the Camrose Rotary Club, Garry was able to start the cross-country ski program. Over his career, he coached both the Camrose Lutheran College’s Canoeing and Cross-Country Ski Teams – both highly successful in the ACAC until he retired in 1996.
Garry received Augustana’s 1995 Betty Osterud Award for excellence in service in 1995.
Trisha Lorenz captured the true essence of excellence as a student athlete as she succeeded on the court and in her studies. Lorenz combined the athletic accomplishments of 3 consecutive ACAC All-Conference Team Awards (1989-92), 2 CCAA All-Canadian Team Awards (1989-90, 1991-92), and 2 ACAC regular season scoring titles (20.9ppg in 1990-91; 16.9ppg in 1991-92) with an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree which she earned with Great Distinction since she maintained an Honor’s Standing for all 3 years (1989-1992).
Her well-earned reputation as a hardworker, saw Lorenz seek out individual extra practice sessions to enhance her skills in order to help her team when she was needed most. After graduation from Augustana she moved on to play 2 years at the University of Lethbridge and then embarked upon a coaching career back at Augustana from 1994-99 where she moved from assistant to head coach.
LeRoy Johnson (Builder)
Mr. Leroy Johnson originally attended Augustana University College in Camrose before moving on to the University of Calgary, University of Alberta and eventually the University of Montana where he earned a Masters Degree in Education. In 1967 LeRoy was appointed high school principal at Camrose Lutheran College, where he worked to help the institution develop from its high school status into a degree-granting institution.
A proud accomplishment was the creation of the Viking’s hockey program, still considered a strong ACAC program today. He was head coach and manager from 1967-1970 but continued on as team manager up until 1980. A founder of the internationally renowned Viking Cup Hockey Tournament, Johnson chaired the tournament from 1980 through to 1998.
Leroy Johnson’s contributions to his community have been well-acknowledged with the presentation of a number of notable awards and distinctions recognizing him locally, provincially and nationally. Among those many distinctions are the Premier Lougheed Alberta Achievement Award (1975); Augustana University College Distinguished Alumnus Award (1975); Chamber of Commerce Achievement Award for Sports & Culture (1988);The Camrose Rotary Integrity Award (1992); CFRN TV Sports Award of Excellence (1996); and the Hockey Alberta Centennial Award (2007).
Kenneth Lovsin ‘86 (Athlete)
Kenneth Lovsin was a standout defenseman for the Camrose Lutheran College Vikings Hockey Team from 1984-86. Upon graduation he moved on to play for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies 1986-88 before accepting an invitation to join Canada’s National Team in 1988. He was drafted by the National Hockey League’s Hartford Whalers in 1990 but spent that year in the American Hockey League playing for the Baltimore Skipjacks until 1992. An opportunity to play overseas had Lovsin join Sweden’s Mora IK 1992-93 for 36 games.
Upon returning to full time participation with Team Canada, Lovsin enjoyed the opportunity to play in the 1994 Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway where Canada won the silver medal. Since retiring from his playing career, Lovsin has stayed involved in hockey as an assistant coach in Minor Hockey in Alberta.
Les Parsons, who has close ties with several Augustana Vikings athletics programs and is a coach in the Camrose community, was also inducted into the Hall of Fame for his work with Lakeland College and coaching role with Olympian Beckie Scott and biathlete Morwenna Lane.
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