Cougars induct five to Wall of Fame
The Mount Royal University Cougars unveiled their inaugural Wall of Fame Nov. 25, enshrining one student athlete, two former coaches and two into the builders category.
Sharlene Marschall, Gary Koroluk, Jack Kenyon, Al Bohonus and Dr. Don Stouffer were introduced during a formal ceremony in the university’s recreation area. A number of current coaches and student athletes also attended the ceremony, as did around 100 members of the public.
The wall project had been in the works for over 15 months and aligns with Mount Royal’s centennial, said Karla Karch, the university’s manager of athletics.
“It’s extremely important that we continue to honour our storied history and pay tribute to those who have been part of creating the 100 year history of Cougar athletics,” said Karch.
Inducted into the athlete category is Sharlene Marschall who played with the Cougars’ women’s volleyball team from 1996 – ‘98 and 2000 – ‘01. Marschall is a three-time ACAC all-conference player, a three-time CCAA all-Canadian and CCAA player of the year in 1997 – ‘98. She was also voted Mount Royal’s athlete of the year in 2001.
Gary Koroluk has taught at Mount Royal since 1971 and has coached both the women’s and men’s volleyball teams. Overall, he compiled a record of 529-52, four ACAC gold, three silver and three bronze medals. Koroluk currently teaches in the department of Physical Education and Recreation Studies.
Jack Kenyon coached the men’s basketball team from 1964 – ‘82, leading his players to a 198-26 record. He was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 1990, and posthumously into the Canadian Basketball Hall of Fame in 2003. One of his legacies at Mount Royal is Kenyon Court, home of the men’s and women’s volleyball and basketball squads.
Al Bohonus, inducted in the builders category, began his career at Mount Royal in 1975 as campus recreation coordinator. He served as athletic director from 1978 – ‘95, in which time the Cougars claimed 41 provincial and seven national titles. Bohonus passed away in 1995.
Dr. Don Stouffer was the university’s head golf coach from 1966 – ‘99 and coached hockey from 1967 – ‘70 and 1971 – ‘72. He was one of the driving forces between the Cougars’ current scholarship program and was part of a group of administrators, which founded the CCAA in 1974.
For more information on the wall of fame, including interviews and more photos, be sure to check out the Dec. 2 issue of The Reflector.