Decades of success earns Shields spot in Hall of Fame

Decades of success earns Shields spot in Hall of Fame

Victoria women's basketball coach honoured by Canada West


EDMONTON – Over a 22-year run as women’s basketball head coach at the University of Victoria, Kathy Shields guided her teams to 14 Canada West titles and eight national championships, while compiling 320 regular season wins.

The UVic legend was announced as the latest CW Hall of Fame inductee Friday, as the conference's campaign to honour 100 years of university sport in Western Canada continued.

Shields was twice-named CIAU Coach of the Year and received the Canada West Coach of the Year award nine times.

Her coaching legacy extends far past her own career, as eight of her former athletes and assistant coaches went on to be head coaches of university teams.

From 1981 to 1994, Shields worked on the coaching staff of many Canadian national women’s teams including at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

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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.