Three-peat architect Tennant tapped for Hall of Fame

Three-peat architect Tennant tapped for Hall of Fame

Saskatchewan women's volleyball coach honoured by Canada West

EDMONTON – Mark Tennant spent a quarter of a century as head coach of women’s volleyball at the University of Saskatchewan, where he guided the team to a historic national championship three-peat.

Saskatchewan struck national gold in 1979, 1980 and 1981, becoming the first team in any CIAU sport to win the championship three years in a row. Overall, Tennant’s Huskies won seven Canada West titles and appeared at 10 national tournaments during his tenure.

Tennant was announced Thursday as the latest Canada West Hall of Famer. He was also inducted earlier this week as part of the Huskiettes dynasty team.

From his arrival at the U of S in 1971 through his final season in 1996-97, he posted a 227-139 all-time record and won the CIAU Coach of the Year award four times.

His legacy lives on annually, as the U SPORTS women’s volleyball rookie of the year award is named in his honour.

To read more about Tennant's career, 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.