Legendary Brandon University Bobcats head coach Jerry Hemmings was on the receiving end of a major honour on Friday when he was announced as an inductee into the Canada West Hall of Fame.
Hemmings’ career in Brandon began as a student-athlete in the 1971-72 where he was named the university’s Male Athlete of the Year. The native of Mt. Airy, North Carolina later took over as coach of the same team he played for in 1974, building the program into a powerhouse that would eventually win four CIAU championships (1987, 1988, 1989 and 1996). Over a 40-year career with the University Hemmings would himself win Great Plains Athletic Conference Coach of the Year a total of eight times.
The Canada West Hall of Fame was created this season alongside the 100th anniversary of university sport in Western Canada. To mark the occasion, 100 inductees are being unveiled this season with Hemmings being #67.
Hemmings, who retired from the University in 2014, joins former Bobcat basketball star John Carson (1982-1987) in the Canada West Hall of Fame.
The same 1987-1989 teams were separately honoured earlier this month in being inducted to the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.