Vikes legend Shields inducted

Vikes legend Shields inducted

Coach led Victoria to seven consecutive CIAU men's basketball titles

EDMONTON – A giant in Canadian basketball, Ken Shields has added another accomplishment to his lengthy résumé.

Shields was inducted Wednesday into the Canada West Hall of Fame, as the conference acknowledged his outstanding run as head coach of the Victoria Vikes men's basketball team.

A student-athlete at both Calgary and UBC, Shields went on to a stellar coaching career, which included a string of seven consecutive national titles with the Vikes between 1980 and 1986.

It was the first dynasty of its kind in Canadian university hoops, and has been equalled just one other time.

Shields was a four-time CIAU Coach of the Year during his 13 seasons with the Vikes, before going on to coach internationally, including time as head coach of the Canadian national team.

To read more about his outstanding career patrolling the sideline, 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.