Awards News

Legendary men’s volleyball coach Garth Pischke of the Manitoba Bisons, former Windsor Lancers athletic director Dr. Bob Boucher, veteran amateur sports reporter David Grossman and Western Mustangs football graduate and Sportsnet personality Donnovan Bennett were honoured Thursday as the winners of the 2021 U SPORTS Honours Awards for their contributions to university sports in Canada.  

Pischke took home the Jean-Marie de Koninck Coaching Excellence Award, while Dr. Boucher was recognized posthumously with the Austin-Matthews Award. Grossman earned the Fred Sgambati Media Award and Bennett was presented with the L.B. “Mike” Pearson Award.

The winners were announced virtually by namesakes of each of the awards or members of their respective families as well as the Canadian Sports Information Directors Association as part of the 2021 U SPORTS Conference and Annual Meeting. All winners will receive a commemorative ring from Baron, the Exclusive Provider of championship rings and recognition jewelry for U SPORTS.

For past U SPORTS Honours Award winners, click here.

Jean-Marie de Koninck Coaching Excellence Award

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Manitoba Bisons
Men's Volleyball

Austin-Matthews Award (Outstanding Contribution)

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Dr. Bob Boucher
Windsor Lancers

Fred Sgambati Media Award

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david grossman
Toronto Star / Sportsnet 590 The Fan
Laurier Golden Hawks

L.B. “Mike” Pearson Award (Outstanding achievements inside and outside of university sport)

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Donnovan Bennett
Western Mustangs