REGINA, Sask. – University of Regina acting athletic director Curtis Atkinson announced Tuesday that Dick White and Joell Fiddler will be inducted into the University of Regina Sports Hall of Fame next Thursday, Apr. 9 at the 40th Annual Athletics Awards Night at the University Theatre.
Dick White – Builder
White retired as the University’s director of athletics back in December after 20 years in that position and 34 years at the school overall. He started his involvement with Cougar Athletics in 1981 and worked as an administrative assistant and as an athletics coordinator from 1981 to 1988 before taking over as director of athletics in 1995.
Under his leadership, the U of R's athletics department grew from six varsity teams to the current total of 16. White was instrumental in bringing CIS football to the U of R with a community partnership model that saw the junior Regina Rams join Canada West prior to the 1999 season. The school also added men's and women's cross country, women's hockey, women's soccer, men's and women's swimming, men's and women's track & field, and women's wrestling during White's tenure at the U of R.
"For close to three decades, Dick White was instrumental in the extraordinary development of the athletics programs at the University of Regina," said President and Vice-Chancellor Dr. Vianne Timmons. "He showed tremendous commitment to our University and to our students, and played a major role in the academic and athletic success of countless students."
After assuming his role as director of athletics, White saw the U of R's varsity teams combine for three national championships and 17 conference championships. The school's first national championships were collected by the men's wrestling program with CIAU titles in both 1997 and 1998, and the women's basketball team followed that up shortly afterwards with a CIAU championship in 2001. The school also played host to five national championships over his tenure. The University of Regina hosted the 2002 and 2003 CIS Women's Hockey Championships, the 2009 and 2013 CIS Women's Basketball Championships, and most recently the 2014 CIS Women's Volleyball Championship.
Joell Fiddler – Athlete
Fiddler becomes the second women’s hockey player to be inducted into the University of Regina Sports Hall of Fame, joining former teammate Brandy West-McMaster. Her incredible five-year career with the Cougars saw her earn Canada West first-team all-star awards in all five seasons in addition to two All-Canadian nominations.
She remains the University of Regina’s leader among blueliners in career points with 87 – more than double the total of current Cougar Carleen Meszaros, who’s second on the list with 41. Fiddler also owns the top three single-season scoring efforts by a defenceman in school history, including a record 28 as a fourth-year player in 2002-03.
Fiddler won a 2001 Canada West championship with the Cougars and helped the team qualify for three national championships during her time at the U of R. The team’s highest finish came during the 2001 CIAU Championship, as the Cougars advanced all the way to the national final before settling for a silver medal.
“Joell put up phenomenal numbers and her accomplishments at her position have been unparalleled,” Cougars head coach Sarah Hodges said. “She was a critical element to our success during an era when we were consistently a top-five team in the nation. Joell’s induction into the University of Regina Sports Hall of Fame is truly a well-deserved honour.”
Fiddler is the 18th inductee into the athletes’ category University of Regina Sports Hall of Fame.