EDMONTON – Stu Robbins is the first person to enter the Canada West Hall of Fame in men's soccer, as the former University of Alberta coach was inducted Tuesday.
Robbins, who was the first coach in program history back in 1967, is the second Canada West Hall of Fame inductee with Alberta ties after former Golden Bear football player Val Schneider became the first inductee Monday.
The CW Hall of Fame was created earlier this year to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first Western Canadian university sport championship, which was awarded in men's hockey in February of 1920.
Born and educated in England, Robbins was invited to join the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Physical Education in 1964. Initially tasked with establishing undergraduate and graduate programs in elementary school physical education, Robbins would go on to have an indelible impact on varsity sport.
Robbins coached soccer, tennis, diving, and sprinting over his decade in Edmonton, and enters the Canada West Hall of Fame thanks to his success leading the Bears soccer program.
He guided Alberta to back-to-back Canada West titles in 1972 and 1973, winning national gold in 1972 and silver in 1973.
For a complete look at Robbins biography, please click here.
ABOUT THE CANADA WEST HALL OF FAME
For the last century, organized university sport has been a central part of the student experience at institutions across Western Canada. Beginning with the University of Manitoba capturing the first Western Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union (WCIAU) men's hockey banner in 1919-20, student-athletes have been competing to reach their full potential in sport and the classroom, while enriching campus life.
To commemorate 100 years of university sport across Western Canada, the Canada West Hall of Fame was created in the spring of 2019, with the first induction class set to be unveiled throughout the 2019-20 season.