Mac’s hall of fame ready to welcome six new members

McMaster University will welcome six new inductees to its Athletic Hall of Fame on Sept. 26, including four athletes, one coach, and one in the builder category as part of the annual Homecoming festivities.

This year’s group of inductees are: Robert Betz, wrestling; Lori Johnston, water polo; Steve Maga, basketball; Julie Ross, soccer; Frank Donlavey, women’s soccer coach (posthumous); and builder Thérèse Quigley, former Director of Athletics and Recreation.

The induction ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. in the CIBC Banquet Hall located in the McMaster University Student Centre. Established in 1984, the McMaster Athletic Hall of Fame annually enshrines men and women who have made extraordinary contributions to the Marauder athletic program as varsity athletes, coaches, and builders.

Over his four-year career, Betz, class of ’96, captured two Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union gold medals (1994, 1995) and two CIAU silver medals (‘93, ‘96) in his weight class. His efforts contributed to McMaster winning Ontario University Athletic championships in both 1993 and 1994, and a CIAU title in 1994.

A four-time All-Canadian, Betz was also an alternate on the 1996 Canadian Olympic team and was Canadian Senior National Champion in 1997. Returning to his alma mater, Betz served as an assistant coach with the Marauder wrestling team from 1999 to 2008.

Johnston was a driving force behind McMaster’s domination of women’s water polo in the early 1990s. She helped McMaster win three Ontario Women’s Interuniversity Athletic Association titles (1990, 1991, 1993) over her four-year varsity career.

During that span, Johnston, class of ’93, was recognized as an OWIAA All-Star three times (1990, 1991, 1993), and was one of the leading scorers in the league. Her dedication and effort served as an example for her teammates, who looked to Johnston as a team leader.

Maga was one of the most decorated basketball players in McMaster history. He was a three-time All-Canadian and received the Ivor Wynne Award as McMaster Male Athlete of the Year in 1999, 2000, and 2001. During his four-year career, McMaster qualified for the CIAU Championship every year, winning the silver medal in 1998. Maga was also a four-time all-star at the national tournament. In 2000 he received the TSN Award for combining academic and athletic excellence with community service, and he was named the Mike Moser Award recipient as the outstanding player in Canada in 2001.

Ross (Mason) was a prolific striker and a key contributor on the 1991 women’s soccer team that captured both the Ontario and CIAU championships. During her four years at McMaster, Ross helped the Marauders qualify for two national championship tournaments.

One of the leading goal scorers in the league, Ross was named an Ontario All-Star in 1992 and 1993, and was recognized as a first-team CIAU All-Canadian in ‘93.

Donlavey in 12 years as head coach of the McMaster women’s soccer program, guided the Marauders to four national championship tournament appearances winning the CIAU title in 1991 and bringing home the national bronze medal in 1997. He was recognized as OUAA coach of the year three times, and in 1992 he was named CIAU Coach of the Year.

Honoured as a McMaster University Athletics Friend of Distinction, Donlavey was called an inspiring influence by his players, and saw his Marauder squad win 33 consecutive games in the early 1990s when McMaster emerged as a power in women’s soccer.

Quigley arrived at McMaster in 1984 as the women’s volleyball coach and six years later assumed the position of Director, Athletics and Recreation and remained in that position until 2009.

During her tenure as Athletic Director, McMaster underwent significant growth with regard to programs and facilities and became one of the most progressive athletic departments in Canada. In 1993, she added to her legacy by bringing the FISU Games women’s soccer competition to Hamilton, with McMaster serving as the host. Quigley has served on numerous boards, including Ontario University Athletics and Canada Basketball, and was also recognized by her peers as the outstanding Athletic Director in North America in 2003.