Coaching legend Horwood welcomed to Hall of Fame

Coaching legend Horwood welcomed to Hall of Fame

Bench boss guided Alberta to three MBB national titles


EDMONTON – In 26 years under the direction of Don Horwood, the University of Alberta men’s basketball team emerged as a national power, winning three national titles.

The winningest men's basketball coach in Canada West history when he retired in 2009, Horwood was inducted into the Canada West Hall of Fame Tuesday.

With Horwood patrolling the sidelines the Golden Bears made 11 trips to the national championship tournament, and won it all in 1994, 1995, 2002. Horwood also guided Alberta to seven Canada West titles (1985, 1990, 1994, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2012)

The Carbonear, Newfoundland native was named the Canadian university’s men’s basketball coach of the year three times (1987, 1994, 2002), while compiling an all-time conference record of 313-175.

To read more about Horwood's legendary run at Alberta, click here.


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. 


About Canada West

Since 1972, Canada West (CW) has been a leader in Canadian university sport, working to provide our student-athletes the opportunities to excel in sport, the classroom, and their communities. CW and our 17 members from across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba collectively carry on a legacy of competitive excellence, as our champions proudly go on to represent the conference at U SPORTS national championships.

Canada West – training leaders, building champions.