Huskies, in Pursuit of Excellence: A Celebration of Saint Mary’s University Varsity Athletic Programs 1951-2012
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In addition to the historical background for the early years of sport and varsity programs at Saint Mary’s University, readers will be treated to fascinating remembrances, stories and essays from a wide spectrum of writers, observers, participants (players and coaches), as well as friends and competitors over six decades (1951-2012). Although the Table of Contents outlines the body of material included, it cannot do justice to the thousands of student athletes, coaches, faculty, university alumni and fans who experienced the highs and lows, the disappointments and triumph of teams who competed under the banner of the Maroon & White. Witness literally the many hundreds of players and coaches - see the names of those who participated - the individual stars, as well as the dedicated supporting casts - those whose combined efforts made it possible to compete and win - while earning a degree that helped them compete and win in life after their university days had ended. Readers will remember not only the games, but will recall sharing classes and off-campus celebrations with those who toiled on their behalf in the various arenas of sport.
The book also is dedicated to those pioneers who were the initiators and who developed the foundation for varsity programs dedicated to excellence and respect.
This production is not a detailed history, as the committee, chaired by Paul Puma (Chair of the SMU Sport Hall of Fame Committee) had to depend upon available archived information, as well as the volunteer efforts of over 60 individuals . . . and sixty years is a long time. The committee chair, its members and the book editor are indebted to those who spent countless hours for over two and one-half years to bring this publication to you, representing what Saint Mary’s has stood for in the past and what it represents in this community today. Its essence is a celebration of 60 years of varsity sport as seen through the eyes of some 48 writers - and it is hoped that it will bring back many memories for you . . . to strengthen your bonds and/or support you on your journey in life as a part of the Saint Mary’s community.
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Back Cover Quote: Witness six decades of varsity sport and be treated to fascinating remembrances, stories and essays from over fifty writers, observers, players, coaches, friends and competitors. Experience the triumph and disappointment of thousands of student-athletes who competed under the banner of the Maroon & White - the individual stars, as well as the dedicated supporting casts whose combined efforts made it possible to compete and win - while earning a degree that helped them compete and win in life itself. Hundreds of photos and stories of fierce rivalry among Atlantic and Canadian universities. Follow the transformation of an all-male institution based on solid Jesuit principles to today’s vibrant coeducational centre for academics and athletics.
The series of Appendices that are listed on the following thirty plus pages lists all of the awards winners: (eg, university MVPs, Athlete-of-the-Year, Rookie-of-the-Year, President’s Awards, etc.); Saint Mary’s AUAA/AUS first and second team All-Stars, MVPs, Rookie awards, and more; SMU CIS Award winners; as well as Coaches and Athletic Directors from the 1950s to today; plus the Academic All-Canadians from its inception in 1997 until 2011. There is a 2011-12 Update at the end of the book, but the 2012 Academic All-Canadians were not available when the book went to press.
Despite minor limitations, this series of Appendices will be the first comprehensive awards list in a single place, as records prior to this compilation only existed in numerous locations and formats: some on several different websites, some in archival lists or Excel files; while others only existed on engraved trophies, in individual memories, or as names on photographs that hung in athletic offices or in the Hall of Fame. They are all now in this single publication.