Fonds F 69 - TWU Athletics fonds

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TWU Athletics fonds

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  • 1968-1983; 1994; 1996-2008. (Creation)
    Trinity Western University. Athletics Department

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24 cm of textual records

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In 1963, a large barn located on the property of Trinity Junior College was converted into a gymnasium; the resulting building was fondly referred to by staff and students as the "barnasium." The David E. Enarson gymnasium and Auditorium was completed in 1969, and dedicated in 1970. It was the largest such building in the Fraser Valley at the time of construction. (Architect: Mr. William K. Noppe.);In 1981 the gymnasium floor suffered water damage, and had to be repaired; in the summer of 1986 the floor was completely replaced.;In 1990 Northwest Baptist College funded the construction of an Annex to the gymnasium.;The Grand Opening of the field complex was celebrated in March of 2001.;From 1963 to 1969 TJC Athletics teams competed primarily against local high school teams.;The 1966 Pillar Yearbook records that "this year the TJC Spartans did not participate in a regular league, but played exhibition games with local high schools instead." (p. 38).;In 1970 TJC joined the Totem Conference Athletics Association as a founding member.* In 1977/1978 Trinity Western College joined the National Christian Colleges Athletic Association (NCCAA). The school rejoined the Totem Conference in 1984/1985.;In 1986 the Totem Conference changed its name to the British Columbia Colleges' Athletic Association (BCCAA). The BCCAA is the governing body for college/institute athletics in B.C. (Source: <a href="" target="_blank"> </a>).;In 1998 TWU joined the Canada West Universities Athletic Association (CWUAA) and the Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union (CIAU). The CIAU changed its name to Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) in 2001.;School colours were originally brown and gold, thanks to a suggestion from Dean Leland Asa: "One of my early satisfactions was helping to set up some of the traditions, or some of the events that would later become tradition. I helped the students to set up student government, helped them to build a constitution, helped them to select school colours. Actually, the way the school colours came which are brown and gold, as you know ... I had been at the University of Wyoming the year before, and the colours there were brown and gold, and I had a bit of partiality, and I suggested brown and gold, and they seemed to accept that, and that first year they designated them as school colours, and for these twenty-one years they've survived. The students were looking for a name for their athletic teams, and they cast around and chose the name the 'Spartans' the first year. (Source: TWU Archives Oral History Interview with L. Asa January 29, 1983. Transcript is available online at: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>).;A memo dated November 8, 1983, from Arvid Olson to Gary Naylor (Director of Physical Education) states that "The Administrative Committee has approved your recommendation that the athletic team uniform colours become blue/gold/white rather than brown/gold/white. Student Council has supported this colour change ..." (F 3; Box 15; File 11);According to the 1966 Pillar Yearbook, coaching duties were shared by Bill Meier and faculty member John Woodland. The 1967 yearbook includes a photograph of "Coach" Donald Danielson. In the 1968 yearbook, Danielson is identified as "Athletic Director." In 1969, the Pillar records that Donald (Don) Tavolacci and Donald Danielson were both serving as "Instructors in Physical Education." A 1970 memo identifies Tavolacci as "Director of Phys Ed & Athletics." (F 69 Box 1 File 1);In 1978 Timothy Voss accepted the position Athletic Director and Assistant Professor of Physical Education. (F 69 Box 1 File 4);From 1981 to 1984 Gary Naylor served as part-time Athletic Director; he later served as Sports Ministry Coordinator. He was succeeded as Director by Bill Luke (1984-1988). Murray Hall has served as Athletic Director since 1988.;In March 2006 Gary Naylor retired, "after 25 years of faithful service ... in the Human Kinetics Department." (Email message from Evelyn Wiens, March 21);Jake Braun accepted the position of basketball coach at TWC in 1970, and served in Athletics for 14 years. TWUs Tim Teer, who coached the Spartans for 16 years from 1983-1999, received the Coaching Excellence Award in 1995. In 1999 five part-time coaches were granted full-time status.;Coach Ron Pike was named CIS Coach of the Year in 2005.;In May of 2001, Bahta Melles retired, after serving for 26 years as Facility Manager for Physical Education (Human Kinetics) and Athletics.;On October 7, 2004, it was announced that "2010 LegaciesNow and the Province of British Columbia have invested $33,272 to support high performance athletes at Trinity Western University. The funding comes from the 2004-2005 BC Athlete Assistance Program (AAP), one of four provincial athlete support programs in Canada." (News release from 2010 LegaciesNow);*Source of asterisked items: "History of TWU and Spartan Athletics" (2002) (F 69 Box 1 File 10)

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The fonds is incomplete, and consists of a limited selection of records documenting the activities and functions of the Athletics Department.

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BCAUL control number: TWU-3714

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