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Football 2014 Wall of Champions Inductees

by Communications Staff | May 6, 2014

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The Western Mustangs Champions Club honoured the newest members of its Wall of Champions with five inductees who took their place among other Mustangs football legends on April 11 at TD Stadium.

This year’s class is made up of Larry Bird, Derek Krete, and Reg Ort in the Player category, Joe Breen (awarded posthumously) and Gary Jubenville in theBuilder Category, and the 1994 Vanier Cup Championship team in the Team category.

Larry Bird, MA’76, 1969- 70; 2002 inducted into Saskatchewan Roughriders Plaza of Honour; 1969 College Dream Team All Star.

Derek Krete, BA’97, 1993- 97 started at linebacker; all Canadian 1994 and 1996; 1996 awarded President’s Trophy as top defensive player in the country; member of 1994 Vanier Cup team; won OUA Yates Cup in 1994 and 1995; also won the Claude Brown Trophy as Western’s Male Athlete of the Year in 1997.

Reg Ort, BA’52 MD’57, 1948-1951; starred in three sports at Western - football, wrestling and hockey; awarded Claude Brown Trophy as Western’s Male Athlete of the Year in 1952; won the Howard Ferguson Award for achievement in athletics, academics and community spirit; inducted into the “W” Club Hall of Fame 1984 (awarded posthumously). 

Joe Breen, 1929-1934; first Head Coach of Mustang Football team; began coaching in 1929 and his best season was 1931 when he lead the Mustangs to a 6-5 record and Western’s first Yates Cup; Member of the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame and Canada’s Football Hall of Fame (awarded posthumously).

Gary Jubenville - video coordinator and team manager from 1991-2009; personally managed and implemented the change from standard video to digital computer video and was directly responsible for the administration of Champions Club events.

1994 Team - undefeated Vanier Cup Champions; 1994 defeated Saskatchewan 50-40 in overtime to capture the Vanier Cup. The team was captained by Jude St. John, BA’95, BEd’96, and featured seven All-Canadians; Stewart Beak, BA’96, P.J. Gleason, Sean Reade, HBA’96, Derek Krete, BA’97, Mark Lawson, BA’95, MBA’05, Tim Hughes, BA’95, and David Burnie, HBA’96.

This article appeared in the Spring 2014 edition of Alumni Gazette
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